Monday, October 02, 2006

the beginning of the end

Party Poker plans to cease operations in the U.S. after the newly passed legislation.

PartyPoker is one of, if not the largest, poker site on the web. That they are ceasing U.S. operations is a very bad sign-- other sites will probably follow suit.
Word is that their stock price has already dropped 33% on the UK exchange today.

It's unbelievable, with the popularity of poker, that a moralizer like Frist can do this based on what he thinks he knows is best for the American people. You'd think he wants everyone to be miserable. You'd think he wants everyone to be forced to get a corporate job. You'd think he wants all the people who pay their college tuition through poker to have to go in massive student loan debt for a long time.

Or maybe he just wants to be able to go on the campaign tour in 2008 and praise himself for being the great moral crusader who put an end to the evils of online gambling.

If you ever play poker and you enjoy being able to, I encourage you to voice your dissatisfaction. I don't know what we can do now. But we need to take a stand-- even those of you who don't play for a living recognize that your desire to play casually is impeded, and that there is utterly no reason to make online poker illegal, aside from governmental greed and a sense of faux morality trumped up to pimp for the electorate.

It's prohibition all over again. It didn't work with alcohol, it didn't work with drugs, and it won't work with gambling.

If something isn't resolved where Americans can play online poker I will have to seriously consider moving to another country.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Brant said...

I would hold off on any comparison to prohibition, the two are completely dissimilar:

- Prohibition was done out in the open as a constitutional amendment after a large portion agreed with it. It proponents had to do a lot of work making moral arguments in the public square and actually persuading people to their opinion.
- This was snuck into the back door of a completely unrelated bill, right at the end of the congressional session, just before elections It's proponents apparently think their arguments so shaky with the general public, they have done everything to keep them unaware of it.

2:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello? u go bust?

7:08 AM  
Blogger Nath Pizzolatto said...

not bust, just very occupied lately with other things.
i'll have a post soon detailing what's what.

6:14 PM  

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