Knesset member proposes bill to legalise poker

December 18, 2018

The Israeli Poker Community has welcomed the news of a submission in late November by Knesset member Sharren Haskel in which poker is redefined as a sport and not gambling following an Israeli Supreme Court ruling that defined the card game as a skill rather than a chance game. According to a report in The Jerusalem Post, Haskel’s proposal would […]

Will Israeli lawmakers pass poker legalisation next year?

December 16, 2018

Optimism is growing in Israeli poker circles that poker tournaments may be legalised by the Knesset following a bill introduced at the end of November by Likud MK Sharren Haskel (see previous InfoPowa report). The Haskel bill would remove poker from the list of illegal gambling activity in the wake of a Supreme Court decision […]

Israeli law maker in bid to legalise poker

November 6, 2018

Knesset lawmaker Sharren Haskel has introduced legislation which could lead to the legalisation of poker in Israel. Haskel’s bill depends  heavily on a recent finding by Supreme Court judge Neal Hendel  that poker is a game predominately of skill rather than chance, a classification that would take the game out of the definition of illegal […]

Pokerstars to halt Israeli service

June 27, 2016

Online poker giant Pokerstars shocked Israeli real-money players this week with a notification that, effective June 27 it is to withhold services from players in that country. No explanation was given, other than a note that the decision followed a review of operations. The company assured players that their account balances are safe and secure […]