Bill would permit poker tournaments in Israel

Currently, poker is not permitted, because in the past it was considered gambling. Poker players were subject to a year in prison and organizers of poker tournaments to three.

By
November 4, 2018 16:04
1 minute read.
Bill would permit poker tournaments in Israel

jetons poker. (photo credit: courtesy)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

Poker tournaments will become legal for the first time in Israel if a bill proposed by Likud MK Sharren Haskel is passed into law.

Currently, poker is not permitted, because in the past it was considered gambling. Poker players were subject to a year in prison and organizers of poker tournaments to three.

But the Supreme Court recently ruled that poker is a game of skill, rather than luck, and therefore should be permitted. Haskel’s bill is intended to legislate the ruling.

“The fact that the players go to contests and tournaments year after year strengthens the conclusion that it is not a game of luck,” Supreme Court Judge Neal Hendel wrote.

The bill would regulate the Israeli Poker Players Association and empower it to organize national and international tournaments. The Finance Ministry would have overall control over poker in Israel and would tax earnings.

Israelis have enjoyed success over the years in the world’s top poker tournaments. The highest ranked Israeli poker player is Timur Margolin of Ramle, with earnings of $1,742,590, including more than $150,000 at the latest World Series of Poker.

The top Jewish poker player in the world is thought to be Erik Seidel of Las Vegas, whose earnings top $34,500,000 and who has been inducted into the poker hall of fame.

“Israeli sportsmen bring respect and pride to the state in international competitions,” Haskel said. “Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that poker players are sportsmen and not gamblers, they should be permitted to practice on their home turf.”

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

July 20, 2019
Fatah: Terrorist who killed 12 kids is a symbol for ‘humanistic struggle’

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF

Cookie Settings