Check this out. Two one-time, and current, rivals have joined forces against a common enemy and sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General critiquing the federal government for not regulating poker. With this uniting of forces, perhaps the Congress will be unified as well and push through joint legislation. For once in my life, I actually am saying “Tax Me, PLEASE!”
Archive for July, 2011
Friday’s a BIG day for many poker players. It’s the last day poker players can make a claim in federal court for funds seized/frozen by the federal government on Black Friday. So if you have money out there, stake your claim. If nothing else, it will show solidarity and interest in poker to the feds monitoring the situation. Good luck! It may be the last online hand you win for quite some time.
All indications are that the AGA will not back the legislation introducted by Congressman Joe Barton in response to Black Friday. The strange thing is that the bills are fairly similar. I get wanting to protect your interests above those of others, but there is something called biting off your nose to spite your face. (Anyone remember Seven?) It has to be in poker’s best interest (and gaming generally) to legalize poker (and gaming), and then later tweak it if necessary. These internal divisions are killing us.
With a new round of poker legislation inching upon us, what do you want in a poker law? Are you willing to hold out for only complete legalization with minimal taxation? Or should poker advocates take a more moderate stance, with limited licenses, higher taxes, ability for states to opt out, government oversight, etc.? Let me know your thoughts.