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/Apr/2011

Half a Dozen vs Ten Million

By: Saugaus @ 00:44 (EDT) / 224 / Comment ( 0 )
A handful of U. S. atorrneys in NYC have denied an estimated 10 million Americans the right to play poker online, in the privacy of their own homes. Poker - the great American card game - can be played online using $US in Germany, Spain, Russia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Khazakstan, etc. but as of today not in Cincinatti, LA, Boston, Atlanta or Houston.
Decades ago, the California Supreme Court ruled that poker is a game of skill, which set it apart from those casino games such as blackjack, craps, roulette, the wheel of fortune, slots, etc. To play those "games" suckers had to go to Vegas. Meanwhile, astute sportsmen and women could stay in Southern California and play poker, a game having more in common with bridge, chess or backgammon than the lottery, the racetrack or sportsbetting. Since the advent of Internet poker, millions of poker players have been able to play low stakes poker, with a low five percent rake, without the threat of cheating, or misdeals in the safety and privacy of their own homes.
But today, someone pulled the plug not just on the electronic tables, but on the rights of all of us. Not only poker players should be worried about this draconian action by a handful of overzealous Justice Department employees. This Orwellian interference in the freely chosen hobby of ten million American citizens might be expected in China, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, or North Korea. But here in der Homeland it came as quite a surprise to this Texas Holdem buff. 
And to add insult to injury, it is still legal to go to one of the now hundreds of casinos in the USA and play live poker at rakes that may exceed fifteen percent and where one must buy in for $100 or more in order to play deep stack.
We millions of poker afficianados must stick together in this fight. This is big. We may have to go all in. We certainly cannot fold.
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