I’m sure all of you are aware (you are aware aren’t you) that a bill recently passed the House of Representatives banning online gambling. Ok, well, it doesn’t actually ban all online gambling… Betting on horse, lotteries and fantasy sports is still Ok…
On July 11, 2006 the House passed HR4311 which provides a partial ban on online gambling. Exempted are horse betting, interstate lotteries and fantasy sports. The bill now moves on to the senate and if passed there will force banks to police electronic funding to prevent gambling funding and will force ISPs to block certain content, which is Ok because I wasn’t feeling close enough to big brother on year 6 of the Bush administration.
Party Poker and Full Tilt Poker are promoting membership in the game slot penghasil uang langsung ke rekening Player’s Alliance, a lobbying group to represent the interests of internet poker players. Howard Lederer recently joined their board, so they do have at least some thoughtful people behind them. Their t-shirts are fairly decent as well.
The big question on my mind with regard to this bill is “why is anyone behind it.” For the morally superior who believe that gambling is bad, this bill has gaping holes to allow various forms of internet gambling to continue and of course a ban on internet gambling won’t satisfy this bunch anyhow. Perhaps a ban on all gambling and sweet foods and women in bikinis and… well enough about the Middle East.
Personally I depend on internet poker for a portion of my income, but I also have the advantage of living in Southern California so I can go to the Commerce or Bicycle casinos (about 15 minutes away) and play live. A lot of people don’t have that option and I think this skill based game of poker which has analogs in just about everything in life is a boon that should be promoted by our country–not prohibited.
If you play poker on the internet and would like to continue doing so I recommend contacting your state senators and letting them know how you feel. There are resources for doing that on the Poker Players Alliance link above.
A few years ago I wrote an article on Low Limit Holdem called On Fish about reasons not to berate other players at the table. Since that time, with a lot more public exposure of professional poker players, a newer term is out, but the concept is the same: Don’t call people donkeys! In fact, just read the On Fish article and replace “fish” with “donkey”. Enough said about that.
The fastest improving cardroom right now has to be Full Tilt Poker. Even when they started they had a great interface, but now they’ve really taken it to a new level. Little touches like an “I’m Ready” button during tournament breaks/startups let you keep the action going if the other people at the table are ready instead of forcing everyone to stare at the screen for five minutes. Also, importantly, they now have a feature that autosaves hand history information to your hard drive for later analysis with programs like Poker Tracker. Finally the player population at Full Tilt is getting larger and larger thanks to their massive promotions online and on television. I’ve seen over 60,000 players online and right now, at midnight Eastern time, there are over 20,000 active players.
Low Limit Holdem is running a promotion during the month of August, 2006 giving away a lowlimitholdem.com Polo shirt to people who join Full Tilt and also a chance to win a Chipco poker chip set worth over $500. Information on that is here.
The other poker room that is giving Party Poker a run for its money is Poker Stars, perhaps from all the attention it gives from having back to back to back WSOP winners come from their site (and the current chipleader in the 2006 WSOP is also a Poker Stars player). I see 60,000+ users on both Poker Stars and Party Poker on a regular basis although I believe more of them are playing tournaments at Poker Stars than at Party.
The people on the Low Limit Poker Forum have created a series of weekly private tournaments at Full Tilt for fun. These are $5 + $0.50 events that are password protected (you can get the password on the Forum) and we’re keeping a leaderboard. The top three at the end of the year may get something from the site (who knows?) but mainly it’s just a chance to get together and play some poker. Feel free to join us!…Read More