October 3, 2006

Goodbye online poker?

so sad day for the online poker world today. apparently the us senate decided to stick a little provision into the defense bill that aims to stop online gambling. it is yet to be seen how this will actually affect online poker, but one the world's largest online poker site (party poker) has already said that they'll stop operations if/when bush signs the bill into law. full tilt published a little bit more contentious of a response today on their blog. you probably know where i stand on the question of whether poker is a game of skill or a game of chance (there's chance involved, but anyone who believes it is solely gambling wasn't sitting at the same stud eight-or-better table as me tonight). but let's not even get into that. let's get into how ridiculous it is to outlaw online gambling, when i can walk down to garden city today and chuck hundreds of dollars into live poker games or (even worse) california blackjack. i guess the only good thing is that banning online poker might drive a lot of these online players into real cardrooms on real felt. that should prove pretty lucrative for those of us who play live regularly for a while. i can't wait to see the numerous beginners' tells i'll get to see at garden city in the next few months...



At 10/11/2006 12:09:00 PM, Blogger pseudostoops said...

ah, but you forget that operating online poker sites is actually already illegal in the united states and thus all these sites making money are overseas, while your local riverboat/indian casino/keno parlor brings revenue into these here united states. it's definitely not just about gambling addiction.

At 10/12/2006 09:36:00 AM, Blogger Kingsley said...

Its because the government doesnt get a piece of the action. Why else would they try to get rid of it?


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