Illegal gambling; clarifies that poker games are deemed games of skill and are not illegal. (SB849)

Introduced By

Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Illegal gambling; poker a game of skill.  Clarifies that poker games are deemed games of skill and nothing in the definition of illegal gambling shall be construed to make any poker game illegal. The bill defines "poker game" as any of several card games in which a player bets that the value of his hand is greater than that of the hands held by others, in which each subsequent player must either equal or raise the bet or drop out, and in which the player holding the highest hand at the end of the betting wins the prize, stake or other consideration, or thing of value. Read the Bill »


01/19/2011: Failed to Pass in Committee


01/07/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11102096D
01/07/2011Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/11/2011Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/19/2011Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)