A federal judge has ruled that poker is a game of skill and that therefore betting money on it is not gambling.
AP (“NY federal judge gives winning hand to poker fans, calling it a game of skill, not chance“):
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that poker is more a game of skill than chance and cannot be prosecuted under a law created to stop organized crime families from making millions of dollars from gambling.
The decision by Judge Jack Weinstein in Brooklyn was embraced by advocates of card games pushing to legalize Internet poker in the United States. The judge relied extensively on the findings of a defense expert who analyzed online poker games.
It's not often I agree w/ Judge Weinstein, but stranger things have happened.