Poker professional and expert William Pappaconstantinou was injured by a player named Chad Smith, who later claimed he didn’t hit his friend. Pappaconstantinou took this claim to the courts, eventually forcing Smith to pay out money to him.
This was one of many high-profile scandals involving poker and players, which led to an effort to ban poker at live events in the United States. Pappaconstantinou ended up being one of those people who supported the banning efforts, so much so that he claimed he thought he should have been on a “Dancing with the Stars” television show.
Pappaconstantinou was involved in more accidents in the game of poker than just Chad Smith’s. Three players were found guilty of negligent homicide, when they were killed playing a game. While these cases were less than clear cut, the players were not the victims of any crime and their deaths were caused by the negligence of another person.
Some states, such as Texas, have legislation that prevents a player from being convicted of manslaughter if they were playing without supervision. This legislation has nothing to do with protecting players, but is more like a right to play for fun and without supervision.
Playing poker is a sport and a hobby. While many people feel that the sport is a harmless, harmless activity, there are others who feel that the game of poker is a very dangerous game indeed.
While professional poker players are liable for accidents in the game of poker, they are not responsible for incidents involving the negligent actions of other players. It is very important to know that no matter how skilled you are in the game of poker, you are still liable for accidents that happen on the playing table.
William Pappaconstantinou, who was not actually the person who was injured in Chad Smith’s accident, didn’t stop to sue the player that caused him to be hurt. He also sued the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) for allowing him to fight in their event against Chuck Liddell, where he had agreed to fight. Pappaconstantinou refused to fight because he said that he didn’t want to fight a knockout artist.
As the story went, Pappaconstantinou was “robbed” by the “coach” who was a trainer for Liddell. Pappaconstantinou, who had stated he didn’t want to fight a knockout artist, was robbed of his right to freedom. The former professional mixed martial arts fighter took his “victimization” all the way to the United States Supreme Court.
In his opinion in Texas v. State Bar, Justice Antonin Scalia decided that while the lawsuit should be allowed to proceed, the strict interpretation of the law that is attached to it is not fair for all parties involved. Scalia argued that even though the lawsuit would be allowed to proceed, the plaintiffs should have to prove that Pappaconstantinou was actually injured due to another person’s negligence. Scalia said that this should be left up to the jury, who can decide whether the plaintiff was harmed by the actions of another person.
Scalia argued that because the actions of another person could have been avoided, there is no cause for a lawsuit to go forward if there is no proof that the injuries were caused by the negligence of the defendant. Scalia said that he believes that anyone who plays a game of poker is a “negligent actor” if the plaintiffs are not able to prove that the injuries were caused by Pappaconstantinou’s negligence.
However, as previously mentioned, the lawsuit should have been allowed to proceed, according to Scalia’s ruling, because the plaintiffs could have proven that Pappaconstantinou’s “negligence” had caused the injuries. It’s important to remember that even though someone could be liable for his or her own injury, they shouldn’t be responsible for another person’s injury.
Lucky for Pappaconstantinou, the Supreme Court did not decide whether or not people should be held responsible for what they do, rather he was unlucky enough to have it come out that he was being held liable for the actions of another person. If you’re a poker player and suffer an injury due to another player’s negligence, it may be in your best interest to consult an attorney before you decide to fight a case.