Originally Posted by Ranger390
turtelliusshellis: In addition, if the Feds indict the pros, one or more might decide to take their case to trail, which is the last thing the Feds want. If a case went to trial, it would not only be costly, but poker could be ruled to be a game of skill, not luck, and therefore not be subject to regulation under the gambling laws. That would also dry up their source of funds...their current extortion racket of indicting and then threatening until the accused cough up huge amounts of cash to settle the case.
Most of the charges against the sites have "nothing" to do with whether poker is a game of skill or luck.
Most of the charges are related to bank fraud and wire fraud, which doesn't focus at all on the game, but how the poker companies and payment processors did business with banks.
It's unlikely to go to trial, because the southern district of NY is very well known for not putting forward a case unless they have you dead to rights, but if they did go to trial, the "poker is a game of skill" argument is not a defence for chages like bank and wire fraud, simply because the argument is totally unrelated to those particular charges.