|Poker.com thinks it has a novel way around the thorny problem of online gamblingís legal status in the US: Skill based casino games. Poker.com Inc. last Thursday announced that it will be purchasing a provisional patent application and all the assets for a skill based online gaming system that includes the games of Skill Poker and Skill BlackJack. |
The acquisition, from Blue Diamond International Capital Inc. of Switzerland, is subject to the parties entering into a definitive agreement and to Poker.com receiving confirmation that the provisional patent is for a skill based gaming system.
The provisional patent application filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office covers a system of determining the skill level in a tournament setting for many different card games including all forms of poker. Poker.com Inc. will acquire ownership of all materials in relation to the games of Skill Poker and Skill Blackjack, in addition to the domain names SkillPoker.com, SkillBlackjack.com, SkillOmaha.com, SkillHoldem.com and SkillStud.com.
Currently, most online gaming operators are located in jurisdictions outside the US in order to avoid US gaming laws. Another problem is payment: up to 30% of all gambling related credit card transactions are denied as banks will not honor illegal gaming debts. Poker.com Inc. says that with a poker room operating online from servers based in the US, banks will be more accommodating in this regard.
Poker.com plans to use the concepts in the provisional patent to develop the software to enable it to operate its own skill based online poker card rooms to market directly to players in the US, Canada and worldwide.
Once developed, Poker.com Inc.'s poker card room will be the only online system of gaming with all operations including the game servers located on North American soil and operating within the parameters of legal skill based gaming as set forth by various jurisdictions.
'Certain jurisdictions in the U.S and Canada look upon the wagering of skill based games as not contravening gambling laws. Management considers the Skill Poker system as one of these skill based games,' said Mr. Mark Glusing, President of Poker.com Inc.