NEWSBRIEF
BY MARKANDERSON
Another Big Poker Rights Victory; This Time In Colorado
January 28, 2022
In another significant win for those trying to earn respectability for poker, a jury in Colorado recently found Windsor resident Kevin Raley not-guilty of charges of illegal gambling, due to being the organizer of a poker bar league in Greeley, Colorado.

Raley, and four other men, were arrested last August after an undercover investigation by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation discovered the poker league in operation, according to a recent article in the Fort Collins Coloradoan (www.coloradoan.com). The men were charged with both professional gambling and illegal gambling, and faced potential jail time if convicted.

The gambling laws in Colorado define illegal gambling as "means risking any money, credit, deposit, or other thing of value for gain contingent in whole or in part upon lot, chance, the operation of a gambling device, or the happening or outcome of an event, including a sporting event, over which the person taking a risk has no control, but does not include bona fide contests of skill."

Raley, a member of the grassroots advocacy group the Poker Players Alliance, got help from the organization for his trial.

For the case, the PPA brought in an expert witness from the University of Denver, Prof. Robert Hannum, who successfully showed the Weld County jury that poker isn't primarily dependent on chance - a compelling testimony that most assuredly was a key component to Raley's successful defense.

In a recent press release, the PPA had this to say about the Colorado victory;

"The PPA is pleased with the outcome of this case. It is further confirmation that poker is indeed a game of skill, not chance," said Gary Reed, the Colorado state director of the PPA. "At the same time, the not-guilty verdict cements the rights of Colorado citizens to enjoy the American pastime of poker and will allow law enforcement to use its scarce resources to investigate real unlawful activity in the state, not poker games."

For more information on this case, or the PPA itself, visit their website at www.pokerplayersalliance.org.

Story by Mark Anderson
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