Tuesday, October 24, 2006

POKER - REPUBLICANS BAN ONLINE POKER

REPUBLICANS BAN ONLINE POKER

From Bluff Magazine

The Republican led US Congress passed an online poker prohibition bill late in the evening on September 29th. Having been unable to gain enough support to pass the bill on its own merits, Republican leaders strong-armed their way into piggy-backing the bill on the must-pass Port Security Act (apparently online poker represents a very real threat to American ports). As a result, most of the major online poker sites have given notice that they will cease allowing US players as soon as the legislation is signed by the President.

Why ban online poker? Apparently, it’s OK to play other online games for money (scrabble, mah jong, solitaire, etc.), just go to www.aol.com. For some reason, which no one in Congress will explain, poker is different. Technically, if we came out with a new game, that was similar to poker, (we’ll leave the diamonds out of the deck and call it “Doker”), there’d be no problem…just as long as its not poker. It’s likely that key Republican proponents of the bill are simply catering to their core right-wing constituencies ahead of the November elections. It doesn’t matter that a majority of Americans oppose the legislation (according to an independent survey commissioned by the Poker Players Alliance), because in the backrooms of Congress where the decisions are really made (at least in this case), it’s not one vote per person, it’s one vote per dollar contributed to the re-election campaign.

A political miscalculation? Let’s hope so. I don’t think the Republican prohibitionists realize how many registered-to-vote Americans actually play online poker, although it doesn’t really matter unless we show up at the polls.

So, what do we do now? First and foremost, if you haven’t already joined, sign-up for the Poker Players Alliance (www.pokerplayersalliance.org). With over 100,000 members, the PPA is poker’s primary voice in Washington. The more members, the louder the voice becomes.

Second, be sure to vote on November 7th…DON’T VOTE REPUBLICAN!!!

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