Poker five must pay fines -- but expect an appeal

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As expected, the ruling for the Mount Pleasant Five has come. The judge has said that though the game may involve skill, the group violated the state's stiff anti-poker laws and must pay their fines.

Read more stories on this subject in our poker topic page.The trial has been a focal point for advocates of poker and the defendants have received indirect financial support from the Poker Players Alliance of Washington, D.C. As such, you can likely expect the case to be appealed.

Go get some details on the ruling at The Post and Courier, and some background here.