NEW YORK (September 14, 2013)--A handful of professional card players won permission to play in legal, high-stakes poker games while an illegal gambling case plays out in New York.
The pros include a popular baby-faced player named Justin "Boosted J" Smith.
Lawyers for the professional players argued their clients make a legitimate living playing poker and say the players should be able to pursue their careers until the case is resolved.
The judge agreed.
Smith, 25, pleaded guilty last week to playing a role in the international sports betting scheme.
He's free on bond and for the time being free to play poker, at least until his sentencing in January.