A federal court has ruled that poker is primarily a game of skill and therefore is not illegal under the federal Illegal Gambling Business Act (IGBA). The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York concluded, in United States v. Dicristina, that because poker, unlike roulette or slot machines, is “not predominately a game of chance, it is not gambling” as defined by the IGBA. Numerous courts have previously upheld convictions under the Act based on poker games, but apparently only one other court had specifically addressed whether poker actually constituted “gambling” within the meaning of the Act. And while courts have typically found that the Act’s reference to “gambling” encompasses any games that are illegal under state law, the court in Dicristina held that the IGBA’s definition is narrower. While not a decision about Internet gambling per se, the court’s ruling will clearly affect companies that offer online poker. Since other federal laws that apply to Internet gambling depend on the definition of gambling under state law, Dicristina will have even greater impact if state courts follow its reasoning and find that poker or other games are not covered under state laws because those games are determined mainly by skill.