:: If poker is legal in U.S. casinos, then it should be legal online.
:: Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s Internet Gambling Prohibition Act (Goodlatte (R-VA), pictured at right) would essentially censor the Internet "by allowing courts to order ISPs to shut down access to offshore gambling sites." PPA prez Bolcerek compares this censorship to that of the Chinese government, which also blocks Internet content from its people. Fucking commies. Balko, a policy analyst for the libertarian Cato Institute, adds that, "Monitoring what American citizens do in their own homes, with their own money and in their own time, just isn’t the federal government’s responsibility…The government is not our babysitter."
:: Goodlatte’s bill would require banks and ISPs to intrude on U.S. resident’s privacy.
:: Other games significantly rely on a greater chance element than poker, like horse racing or state lotteries, can be played legally online. Poker is a much more skilled game. As Jesus said yesterday, "Once you sit down at that table, you’re all equal."
While all issues raised by the opposition group are potent, the point on public polling may prove most compelling, as policymakers tend to listen to their people. The public’s desire for legalized online poker may push the Fed to make the right call in the end: regulate it, tax it, and reap the financial benefits.