PORTSMOUTH--A former poker hall owner in Portsmouth hopes a ruling out of New York will put him back in business.

Charles Daniels operated Poker Palace on Airline Blvd. until the city determined the games were illegal gambling. He went to court and lost and is appealing that decision.

Daniels contends that Texas Hold 'em is a game of skill, not a game of chance and would be legal under state law.

On August 21, a federal judge in Brooklyn ruled that poker is not gambling because it is primarily a game of skill.

'It is abundantly clear from this decision that poker is a game of skill and skilled people ought to be able to play under the auspices of quality operators for their own enjoyment and to help worthy causes in their communities,' Daniels said at a Wednesday news conference.

Daniels ran his business from 2006-2010. He says he donated about $700,000, nearly three-quarters of the revenue, to charities like the Fraternal Order of Police, March of Dimes and the Chesapeake Sheriff's Office Charities.

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