NZ bans advertising of poker tournament

Originally Posted on Wednesday Dec 15 14:37:00 GMT 2010

A battle waged recently in New Zealand over advertising of the Asia Pacific Poker Tournament.

The High Court ruled that the advertising of the event promoted overseas gambling and that this was in direct violation of New Zealand’s Gambling Act.

Many players enter the APPT by winning on a free-play .net poker site, but other competitors bought their place , and this money is used in the prize pool.  The court decided that for this reason the tournament constituted gambling, and the advertising was therefore illegal.

Many continue to argue that poker is a game of skill and should not be classified as gambling, but until this is more widely accepted poker will be deemed a game of chance.

Many players who took part in the APPT are expert online poker players, who enjoy playing face to face tournaments to hone their skills.

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