Great news! That game your college roommate played all hours of the day and night and only left his computer to ask you to borrow money for is actually a game of skill! Judge Jack Weinstein of the Federal District Court in Brooklyn ruled yesterday that poker cannot be prosecuted under laws designed to curb organized crime. John Pappas of the Poker Player's Alliance told the AP that the decision was "a major victory for the game of poker…poker is an American pastime that is deeply embedded in the history and fabric of our nation and his decision sets aside the notion that the vague laws render the game criminal."

The judge's ruling tossed out a jury conviction of Lawrence DiCristina, a man who ran Texas Hold 'Em games in a warehouse in Staten Island. DiCristina took 5% of the pot that required a $300 buy-in. Prior to this case, no federal court has ruled on whether poker was gambling or a game of skill, although that's exactly what that one dick who ruins the trip to Vegas by sitting in the same chair at the same poker table for 19 hours straight after you bought them $220 tickets to that Beatles Cirque du Soleil thing has been saying for years.

Judge Weinstein heard testimony from multiple experts before making his ruling, and cited a study showing that 75% of 103 million hands of Hold 'Em ended when a player forced his opponents to fold. If that study sounds familiar, it's because it was also cited by that guy who took all your money at your cousin's wedding shortly after telling you how great poker is because you "control your own destiny," or some other bullshit.

The judge's decision still allowed federal agents to pursue Mafia-affiliated poker games, and for states to ban businesses that host poker games.