South Carolina Attorney General refuses to accept that poker is a game of skill

12/31/09 – The Attorney General of South Carolina, Henry McMaster, has launched an appeal against a circuit court decision overturning a conviction of five poker players earlier this year for illegal gambling.
McMaster's appeal was lodged with the state Supreme Court this week after Circuit Court Judge Markley Dennis ruled that poker was a game of skill, and therefore playing the game was not an offence.
"Our obvious reason that ‘chance' need not be determined with respect to a particular game for purpose of the gambling statute is that the legislature sought to ban all ‘gaming' for stakes at designated locations," the appeal filing claims, reports The Charleston Post and Courier.
Judge Dennis additionally criticised South Carolina gambling laws as "unconstitutionally vague and over-broad."