|The long wait is over, and the news isnít encouraging. News has emerged from the Gutshot Case that Derek Kelly has been charged by a London Court for breaching three sections of the Gaming Act of 1968.|
The jury took less than two hours to arrive at the conclusion that Kelly was guilty of organising poker games at the Gutshot Private Members Club in Clerkenwell, London, and charging a levy without the required gaming licence.
In his summary, the prosecuting barrister reportedly asked the jury, 'Is poker a game of mixed skill and chance? That is for you to decide. The prosecution submit that common sense dictates that it is. Why do we say that? We say that because before a game can start someone shuffles the cards.'
The response from the defence was that , 'If we accept that a game of chance includes all games of combined chance and skill every game you could possibly think of would fall foul of this particular Act.'
It remains unclear as to whether Mr Kelly will appeal against the decision.
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