Citing a bit of wisdom from Kenny Rogers, the U.S. Tax Court ruled that tournament poker is gambling, not a sport, and thus not exempt from the Section 165(d) limitations of the tax code.In a matter brought by George and Gloria Tschetschot of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the couple argued that Gloria’s professional tournament poker playing was not gambling, and thus was not subject to limitations on losses from gambling.

The Internal Revenue Service had cited a deficiency in the couples’ joint federal income tax return for 2000 of just over $10,000, and assessed an accuracy-related penalty for the understatement of just over $2,014.

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