NEW YORK (AP) — Poker players are on a winning streak in a New York illegal gambling case.
A handful of professional card players have won permission to play in legal, high-stakes poker games while the case plays out. They include a popular baby-faced player named Justin "Boosted J" Smith.
Lawyers for the pro players have argued their clients make a legitimate living playing poker. They say the players should be able to pursue their careers until the case is resolved — and a judge has agreed.
The 25-year-old Smith pleaded guilty last week to playing a role in the international sports betting scheme. He's free on bail — and free to play poker — until his sentencing in January.