Owner of closed Virginia poker hall goes to court

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Charles Daniels, owner of the first poker hall to open in Portsmouth, Va., has gone to court to get the city’s poker halls reopened.

Daniels, owner of The Poker Palace, petitioned a court on Tuesday to allow the halls to reopen until the case can be heard in court, Dave Forster reported in The Virginian-Pilot.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Earle Mobley had taken a hands-off position, saying state law was unclear on whether Daniels’ charity poker hall was gambling since poker can be considered a game of skill. But after six more halls opened in the city, Mobley said he’d prosecute owners for illegal gambling, and all seven shut their doors.