Derek Kelly, the owner of Gutshot private members’ poker club in Clerkenwell Road, central London, last week lost his landmark case at togel  Crown Court in East London.


Kelly, 46, was trying to win his battle to get the game of poker recognised as immune from gambling legislation. He argued that poker was a game of skill and should be subject only to the same laws as chess and bridge.


He fought prosecution for running an unlicensed club but was convicted by a jury at Snaresbrook Crown Court in East London. He will be sentenced on a date to be fixed, but Judge Simon Wilkinson indicated Kelly will not be jailed. The club boss will also have to pay legal fees in excess of £23,000, and now faces the closure of his Gutshot private members’ club.


Kelly had been charging his punters an entrance fee of £22 and creamed more than ten per cent off the pots they won, which could hit thousands of pounds. Kelly, of Greystones, County Wicklow, Ireland, was convicted of illegally charging a levy on the winnings and illegally charging a fee to take part in breach of the 1968 Gaming Act.


The court was turned into a card school as Mr Trembath demonstrated the rules of Texas Hold’em – the game most widely played in serious poker. Prosecutor Graham Trembath accepted there was an element of skill but said ultimately the game depended on the turn of a card.


EPT Scandinavian Open winner was alsoWorld Backgammon Champ


The EPT Scandinavian Open tournament, which ended on Sunday, had 288 entrants, generating a prize pool of just under 8,000,000 Kr (€1m).


Mads Andersen, a 35-year-old from Copenhagen, emerged the winner. Mads earned 2,548,070 Kroner (€341,000), for his win, as well as a €10,000 seat for the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo, to be held 7th-11th March, 2007.


Mads was the World Backgammon Champion in 2002, but switched his focus to poker soon after with lucrative results.


Afterwards Mads commented; “I’ve been playing really well recently and I felt it was only a matter of time before I won a major title”. But it was no easy win for him, for the final table saw a fight to the finish for a record 10 hours.


Bingo Entertainment Ltd withdraws from US


Bingo Entertainment Ltd, the provider of several popular online bingo sites, has announced that as of 23rd January 2007, it will no longer accept bets from players resident in the US.


A Bingo Entertainment Ltd spokesman said “This decision was made due the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), which was passed by US congress in October 2006, and the delays relating to the drafting and implementing of these regulations. We very much regret that due to these circumstances that are beyond our control, we can no longer offer our popular bingo games to our players in the US, many of whom have been loyal players with us since our inception. Of course all players who had funds in their accounts with us will be re-imbursed in full”. He added “This will have no effect on our sponsorship of the ‘Bingo World Championship’ event, scheduled for 7th March 2007, and any US resident players who qualified for this event from any of our sites will still be able to take their place”.


Bingo Entertainment will continue to expand its brands in countries such as Canada, UK, and throughout Europe.