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September 15, 2009 2009

The Danish Supreme Court has reportedly decided that an unemployed man, who allegedly had been earning a living as an online poker player, would have to be taxed as a professional gambler.

According to a report filed by the Copenhagen Post, the concerned player, whose identity wasn’t disclosed, earned nearly $28,000 playing online poker in one year. The court said in its ruling that the man violated the laws by using his poker winnings as his sole source of income and ordered him to surrender the money. The Court ruled that even though computer servers used to run the poker games are placed outside of Denmark, the individual computer used to play is located in the country and subject to Danish law.

The Supreme Court chose not to enforce a DKK5000 fine issued by a lower court.


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