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Court backs Swiss casinos as poker ruled a game of chance

7th June 2010 8:32 am GMT

In a boost to the country's land-based casinos, Switzerland's Federal Court has ruled that Texas Hold'em poker tournaments can no longer be classified a game of skill and subsequently cannot be played outside of state-approved casinos unless played between friends and family.

Since 2007 Switzerland's Gaming Commission (ESBK) has stated that under certain conditions, Texas Hold'em poker tournaments were to be considered as a game of skill, allowing for the organisation of tournaments outside of licensed [...]

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