Should Online Poker Be Banned?

The House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to ban online gambling including poker and casino games. However the same bill excluded online lotteries, horse racing, dog racing and various fantasy sports betting.
Given that an estimated 23 million Americans enjoy online poker, and in a recent poll 90% of Amerians do not think playing poker should be restricted, how do you feel about what our politicians are trying to do?
The new law will also force ISPs to disable hyper links to gambling web sites, which is technically pretty impossible. It will also allow for intrusive controls over what an American may use their bank accounts and credit cards for. In other words the government is deciding how you can spend your money.
This new law will cost the American tax payer $4.3Bn in lost revenue and will not protect anyone. Regulation and taxation is by far the better way to go. What do people think about this wholesale errosion of our rights as Americans?

7 Comments

  1. Madasia wrote
    at 17:21 - 27th Grudzień 2009 Permalink

    I am still baffled why the US decided not to just regulate online gaming and tax it. Instead, they try to ban in and force companies to open up shop, offshore. Basically, the US citizens are sending money to overseas companies that could easily be set up in the US if the regulate it. The US stands to benefit immensely from the revenue generated by the taxing of the operations. It just doesn’t make sense. The US could be out of debt in no time.
    So my answer is it should not be banned but instead regulated.

  2. ? wrote
    at 21:29 - 27th Grudzień 2009 Permalink

    Hey- No Way. I’m not a big Gambler and I still beleive People should have a choice. LET THE PEOPLE GAMBLE! What Happened to freedom? US has become commies.
    http://www.rougepalace.com

  3. Anonim wrote
    at 2:07 - 28th Grudzień 2009 Permalink

    I believe this is anti-american. The government should not be able to say what we do with our money as long as we are not hurting anyone. I don’t see how what I do with my paycheck is the governements business.
    This is what I think of what they are trying to do *(&(%^#)@^@)#%*&. I will continue to promote online gambling until they come and take my computer. It is how I put food on the table and clothes on my children’s back!

  4. on here wrote
    at 3:31 - 28th Grudzień 2009 Permalink

    This is an example of the government going too far. If this keeps up, pretty soon they will be regulating what we watch, listen to, and read.
    http://www.starterpoker.com

  5. DaveR88 wrote
    at 7:12 - 28th Grudzień 2009 Permalink

    NO NO NO

  6. CottonPa wrote
    at 11:59 - 28th Grudzień 2009 Permalink

    no

  7. trigerjo wrote
    at 16:42 - 28th Grudzień 2009 Permalink

    but the lottery is OK .. why? because it basically hands over a blank check to the government? what a waste of space our „representatives” are

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