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Discussion in 'Law School & Careers in Law' started by nightmares, Mar 7, 2008.

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  1. nightmares

    nightmares Law Topic Starter New Member

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    I have a quick hypothetical question: I know it's illegal to run a poker website in the United States, and I'm assuming that it's because it's gambling. Would something like this be illegal in any way: Say I set up a website that hosts chess games between two players, and there is an optional membership fee (say $50). All paid members compete in a monthly tournament which pays out cash prizes from the pool generated by the membership fee (but I take some percentage off the top for site maintenance, etc...). I would think that because chess is a game of skill (no random chance like poker), that this is a legal idea for a business?

    Thanks for any help you can give me
     

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