Poker Road Warrior: Late Night Sneak Attack by Frist and Co.
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Monday, October 02, 2006

Late Night Sneak Attack by Frist and Co.



Bill Frist (top right) poker players all over the USA shout "More Cowbell"

As most of you know by now, Senate Majority leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn) successfully piggybacked the new internet gaming legislation with a "can't miss" bill late last friday night. A weekend "sneak attack".

The U.S. is going to attempt to limit deposits and withdrawals into gaming sites. They have opted to not collect the billions in taxes and force players to get creative when depositing and withdrawing.

I don't see anyway possible to stop the flow of money into gaming sites. Sure it might not be as easy as it is now but there are so many other ways to get YOUR money sent where YOU want it sent. These sites in Australia, Costa Rica and Antigua are legal in their countries. They see us with our lotto, casinos and poker rooms on every corner and call bullshit on our hypocrite politicians. Sure some like Partypoker and 888 will run scared. Most will welcome all the Partypoker and Pacific/888 players. The software is so bad at Pacific its amazing to me they are even in business. 1 tabling only? Ha! Never have to deal with a non english speaking support person from Party again? Sweeeeeet!

It's not going to be hard to deposit/withdrawl in my opinion. Thats the nuts and bolts of this new law. Make it harder for players to deposit and withdrawal.

It will not stop players from playing. It will not stop the flow of money for those that want to play. There will be "workarounds" to dep/withdrawal all over the internet. These clowns went for a band-aid and accomplished very little. REGULATE and TAX it like you do horse racing, liquor, casinos, pokerrooms. Sure it's not as easy as writing a bill, piggybacking it on the weekend with a "can't miss" bill and hoping it works as intended.

Many states have poker rooms on every corner. Where I use to live (Washington State) there are hundreds of poker rooms, state run lotteries and state run liquor stores with the highest liquor tax in the US. They have almost non-existent help for problem gamblers. The new taxes could pay for people that need help.

I for one am happy Party is leaving US players behind. Party is just barely above AOL in my book. They suck. I stopped promoting them 2 years ago. Those players (most donks per capita on net) will be joining us at Poker.com, Titan, Absolute and other sites that go by Costa Rican or Australian law.

I'll continue to pay my taxes like a good citizen here. And i'll continue playing this great game that puts bread on my table and helps offset the HUGE taxes I pay to be a US citizen.

You want me to find a new hobby because your okay with me playing live where you can tax it, but not okay with me playing at home where you can't? Billions of tax dollars that could help our country lost. All sent to Antigua and Costa Rica.

More info will be posted here as the dust settles and we find out more info.

If you have questions please post them at here

Statement from Poker.com

Poker.com posted this on 2+2. Looks like some sites aren't going to run and hide from this bullshit. Support Poker.com and others who won't run and hide when the US decides they are pro gambling nationwide (live) but opposed to us gambling from home.

Poker.com:

Very quickly, as far as we are concerned our operations are 100% legal under international law and we follow all laws of the jurisdictions in which our operations reside. There will still be plenty of places to play poker and the industry will adapt and evolve, and survive!

I'd like to say something about the US legislative process and the integrity of these Republicans, but my mother always said if you can't say anything nice.....

1 Comments:

At 9:53 AM, Blogger Poker Dreamer said...

Love the bashing of Bill Frist's head!! A nice operation "Kill Bill" huh ;-D

Regards,

Joey

 

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