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$1M at Stake for Big Poker Challenge

There’s a big challenge right now in the poker world that will put up $1 million as the grand prize. The target audience include none other than U.S. President Barack Obama and members of the U.S. Congress as well as professional poker players.

BluefirePoker.com, the training site of Phil Galfond, is organizing the challenge to prove once and for all that poker is a game of skill and not based on luck alone. For this extraordinary game, each player will start with the same amount of chips. The duration of the game may, however, be longer than usual to show the advantage of a player’s skills. The BlufirePoker.com site believes that the more experienced player normally has a good chance of winning as his skills increases his odds of success.

The challenger who wins get the $1 million prize but if he loses, BluefirePoker will donate $1 million to the charity of choice of the opponent. A win by the challenger will help prove that poker requires skills more than just luck, a fact needed in the ongoing debate over the legal issues surrounding online gambling. A Pennsylvania judge, Thomas James Jr., earlier ruled that poker is indeed a game that requires a player’s skills.

This challenge comes at a time when Congressman Barney Frank is set to introduce a legislation that will focus on the vagueness of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA). The act bans gambling businesses from accepting payments for online gambling but it failed to specify which gambling activities are lawful and not.

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