|After a dramatic week which has seen him tried, convicted but also to a degree, endorsed by the British legal system, the Gutshot Club’s Derek Kelly has come out fighting in declaring his intention to appeal against the guilty verdict delivered to him by a Clerkenwell court on Tuesday.|
Following some careful consideration, Mr Kelly has pinpointed that the main focus of his appeal will contest the descriptive values of skill and chance, citing that legislators specify that poker is not included in such values contained within the 1968 Gaming Act.
The move follows a verdict that on the surface appeared to signal a defeat for the Gutshot club, yet it now appears to be more of a double edged sword, as Mr Kelly explained that in legal terms, the proceedings heralded a huge leap forward for the game of poker. “The judge said on the record that he absolutely concurred that poker was a game of equal chance which is a huge step forward because that hadn’t really been decided in law prior to this.”
This latest news will have found many a welcome ear, especially within the gambling industry as the new Gambling Act, set for inception in September, actually legalises cash gambling on equal chance games including poker, without the need for a licence from the Gambling Commission or local authority.
So Derek Kelly’s gloves are very much off as he continues his passionate fight for what he truly believes in.
Kelly closed matters with this single, defiant declaration: “The Gutshot remains open.”