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As the Shrink has argued many times in the past, the entire “legal” argument about poker as ‘game of skill’ or ‘game of luck” is unproductive and misses the point. The point being that governments anywhere have no right, no business and no mandate to be mucking around if what you do with your time, your money and your life. Yet, again another country of poker players are having their rights restricted based on the bogus discussion of “Luck vs. Skill”, this time we take you to Denmark.

The Danish High Court (Eastern Division) ruled that tournament QQWIN99 is a game of chance, overturning a previous lower district court ruling that, of course, found poker to be a game of skill and games of skill are not subject to Denmark’s restrictive gambling laws.

The decision is a setback for the Danish Poker Association which once again finds itself in breach of the Danish Criminal Law. Yes, their existence, including lobbying and speaking out for the rights of poker players are technically criminal under the existing law.

Poker tournament organizers have been sued by, who else, the Danish Casino Association for organizing illegal gambling events. Not that the DCA organizes anywhere near the number of poker events the poker playing public would demand in an open and free marketplace.

There will be another appeal, of course, but in the meantime the estimated half a million Danes who play poker will have to consider whether an evening of enjoyment playing poker is worth arrest and possible prosecution with penalties right up there with auto theft and burglary.

“Women in Poker” Hall of Fame

The Ladies International Poker Series (LIPS) Tour is founding the Women in Poker Hall of Fame, which will be located at Binion’s Gambling Hall & Hotel, the original home of the World Series of Poker.

The first four women who will be inducted into the Hall are Marsha Waggoner, Susie Isaacs, Barbara Enright and Linda Johnson.

This first foursome will be inducted during a luncheon at Binion’s on Feb. 2. We can expect a new Women in Poker display next to the Poker Hall of Fame gallery in the Binion’s Poker Room.

A very worthy and deserving tribute. I would, however, ask the nominating committee that next year they consider poker playing women from outside the United States (Marsha Waggoner was born is Brisbane, Australia; now resides in California).