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Denmark Seizes Winnings from Online Poker Player

September 10, 2009 (CAP Newswire) — In another example of the lengths some governments will go to in order to outlaw gambling, a court in Denmark has stripped an online poker player of about 190,000 kroner (roughly $30,000) in winnings.

The action was taken because the man was found to hold no other job over the course of a year during which he amassed the winnings playing poker on the Internet. Since he was technically “unemployed,” the court said, his winnings were illegal, because Denmark law forbids gambling as a professional avocation.  

“The man is the second person found guilty of the charge in recent months,” reports the Copenhagen Post. “In June, the Eastern High Court found a long-timer organizer of poker tournaments guilty of the same charge.”

To read more at the Copenhagen Post, please click here.