Italy: Authorities Doesn’t Play “Poker Sportivo”

Authorities in Rome, Italy, last weekend, raided a poker tournament last and confiscated all objects used in the the game, including 12 poker tables,all the processors and cards. The game was running for significantly less than one hour ahead of the neighborhood “policemen” s came. Over 100 players registered for the tournament. “But it’s a legal way for playing” said A.F., the manager of the club and organizer of the tournment. Let from the italian law (FINANZIARIA 2007). The prize pool was around the 3.000 Euro, this looked like being a tremendously successful event for organiser, but the prize pool wasn’t high ( that is shoud mean in Italy: NO GAMBLOING). Nonetheless, within one hour of the game starting the italian police had other ideas, and closed the tournment.

According to italian law, “Those who gain, directly or indirectly, from coordinating gambling in facilities that they are responsible for, ought to be punished for gaming promotion”. That’s mean also that should you put a promotional banner of an online casino on your own internet site you committe a offense. Said that, “didn’t consider anything illegal had taken place in his club, the only amount he got was the rent of the club by a bridge and poker club…obout 220 Euro.”

However, could it be legal to collect fee when folks play bingo or bridge in Italy? But is it legal if you pay a win of a poker tournment? But is it legal to organize a poker tournment in Italy?

“If amassing fee is authorized when people play Bingo, it ought to be legal to collect precisely the same fees for poker players, it is unjust that playing for money is simply illegal when playing poker”. The italian authorities said the case will be investigated not only as a violation of the gaming laws, but in addition as a violation of the monetary laws.