Playing PartyPoker Online May Mean Five Years In Jail

from the someone's-stock-might-drop dept

We were just talking about the legality of playing poker online. The law is anything but clear, leading many people to believe that playing online poker is legal, even if running an online poker operation in the US is not legal. However, US officials have made it clear in the past that they believe that the Wire Act, banning gambling wagers made over the phone, applies to any online gamblers. But, since millions of people don't seem to believe that, two politicians have decided to introduce new legislation that makes it clear: playing poker online will be a jailable offense, punishable by up to five years in prison. A similar bill has been introduced a few times before (the first time nearly a decade ago), but one of the backers claims it was shot down by Jack Abramoff lobbying efforts -- and seeing as he's a bit busy lately, that shouldn't necessarily come into play this time around. No matter what your take on gambling (online or off) may be, it's hard to see how five years in jail is reasonable punishment.


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    Bob3000, Feb 17th, 2006 @ 4:16am

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    Sorry, didn't read TFA. Does it matter if you are playing with virtual money versus real money?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 17th, 2006 @ 4:31am

    PartyPoker are spammers anyway

    Oh, they don't (usually) do it directly: they use
    their "affiliates" to do it for them.
    But the fact remains that they've accumulated
    a long history of massive e-mail and Usenet
    spamming.
    Which means...anybody uses their services is being
    selfish and personally, deliberately supporting spam.

     

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      the unknown, Feb 17th, 2006 @ 4:37am

      Re: PartyPoker are spammers anyway

      let me finish that last sentence for you anonymous coward:
      Which means...anybody uses their services is being
      selfish and personally, deliberately supporting spam, AND IS A COMPLETE MORON.
      There, much better.

       

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    Wolfger, Feb 17th, 2006 @ 4:44am

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    Gambling is bad for you... so we'll throw you in prison for 5 years for your own good.
    Did I miss something here?

    God how I hate the Morality Police in this country.

    The question about gambling with fake money is an excellent one. If gambling with fake money remains legal, then the only thing that will change is the business model. Sites will open up in which you pay a fee to play a game, with prizes being awarded to the winners. Looks like a duck, makes money like a duck, but legally quite different, and the profit margin of the casino would increase because fewer people would walk away as winners.

    If gambling with fake money is also illegal, how idiotic is that? Doing 5 years hard time for playing a poker *simulation*...

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Feb 17th, 2006 @ 5:49am

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      This has nothing to do with morality and everything to do with money changing hands and the US Govt po'd that it doesn't get to take any of it.

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Feb 17th, 2006 @ 6:01am

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      Perhaps the judge will allow you to serve your sentence by playing the role of a prisoner in a massively multiplayer online game?
      And how would this square with the "our prisons are overcrowded" lobby?

       

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      discojohnson, Feb 17th, 2006 @ 7:02am

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      Looks like a duck, makes money like a duck, but legally quite different

      quite different. think the old-style pyramid schemes. they still exist today (see cutco, amway) just in a different form involving actual work (and taxing). i think that your idea is pretty close to how it'd be.

       

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      Professor Highbrow, Feb 17th, 2006 @ 8:38am

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      "Gambling is bad for you... so we'll throw you in prison for 5 years for your own good.
      Did I miss something here?

      God how I hate the Morality Police in this country."

      And on that day, the Lord looketh down and sayeth it was good; that gambling was fun. --Genesis

      Extremely good point...If "real money" which isn't real after being paid into an account is banned, then people will just pay a subscription fee and redeem "virtual points" for "fabulous gifts and prizes." Perhaps even a gift certificate to a store, or something. There's so many ways around it...
      Damn those Conservative Freaks!
      I'm off to pay the state lottery. Thats OK because the profits go to buying old people diapers or something like that.....

       

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      The Esoteric Cleric, Feb 17th, 2006 @ 8:51am

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      "Sites will open up in which you pay a fee to play a game, with prizes being awarded to the winners."

      This already exists (sort of). The dog track by my house gets away with having no limit poker tournaments by "selling" you your starting chips at a fraction of a penny per chip plus your "signup fee". Then who ever wins gets a "prize." Since most places have a law saying betting up to some low amount (like 5$) isn't "gambling" then when you push all in with your "worthless" chips, you're not actually "betting."

       

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      IT GUY, Feb 17th, 2006 @ 1:31pm

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      Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. ~Abraham Lincoln

      What ever happend to beliefs like that? Are the people playing poker online hurting anyone? (besides their own bank account) I mean we do life in the 21st century right? We can rent movies, buy just about anything you can think of, hell you can ever have sex online. I think it is only a natural step that it become possible for one to gamble online. For a supposedly free country, we sure have ALOT of people telling us we cant do ALOT of things that really dont effect anyone but the person doing it. As an adult I feel I can make my own decisions concerning what's best for me. I dont need uncle sam to do it for me after he finishes robbing me blind.

       

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        Agonizing Fury, Feb 17th, 2006 @ 9:14pm

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        For a supposedly free country, we sure have ALOT of people telling us we cant do ALOT of things that really dont effect anyone but the person doing it.

        Although I agree that online gambling should not be illegal, I have to disagree with you that they are not hurting anyone but themselves. I can tell you from experience that you are wrong. My Wife's entire family was greatly hurt when her brother, who had collected over $40,000 in gambling debts and commited credit fraud to continue feeding his addiction, decided that the best way out was to end his life.
        Now even with that said, as a libertarian, I agree that the government should stop trying to protect us from ourselves by banning things, and try to fix the problem some other way. Perhaps require gambling sites to report people who seem to be spending more time than they should, or have used 20 different credit cards until they decline. Another option would be requiring online gambling sites to post links to organizations that can help people who seem in over their heads.

         

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      GABE, Feb 22nd, 2006 @ 2:42pm

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      That is a very good point...however the more we stand by idly and let the government gradually strip our rights while passing legislationwithout our knowledge or consent..the fact is that our form of "democracy " is simply slipping away into the underground federal hearings and our nationis slowly but surely ;osing a war on terror to our own government which is attempting to gain total control and assert itself as a police state...we need to stand up and speak for ouf right ...loin aclu or something!@!!!lol

       

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      GABE, Feb 22nd, 2006 @ 2:43pm

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      That is a very good point...however the more we stand by idly and let the government gradually strip our rights while passing legislation without our knowledge or consent..the fact is that our form of "democracy " is simply slipping away into the underground federal hearings and our nation is slowly but surely losing a war on terror to our own government which is attempting to gain total control and assert itself as a police state...we need to stand up and speak for our rights ...join aclu or something!@!!!

       

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        MJ, Mar 4th, 2006 @ 12:33am

        Poker Player Alliance

        If anyone is serious about wanting to fight for your right to play poker, the Poker Players Alliance is a newly formed entity that is part of the process to fight the passing of legislation to ban online gambling.

        I think the debate of whether or not gambling is good or bad is one that will be an incessant one that may never find a resting ground. I believe there are many solid arguments for both sides on the issue of gambling and poker.

        Given that I run a website geared directly toward Party Poker, you'd think that I'm simply biased to being pro-poker, but having played poker and knowing so much about the industry, one begins to realize the things that can be fixed. Foremost, most of the movers and shakers in the industry want internet poker to be regulated and monitored by the US government more than anything. It takes care of many gray area issues that have emerged lately and also stops a huge population of Americans from operating in a cloud of quasi-legal state.

        The big question to ask, is why would anyone want to make playing online poker a crime that is punishable worse than some violent offenses? There is big money on both sides of the field and each is playing to win..

         

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    Rickler, Feb 17th, 2006 @ 4:57am

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    I remember see a TV advertisement not to long ago for online poker...

     

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      Red Matrix, Feb 17th, 2006 @ 5:57am

      re: tv ad

      What's laughable about the TV ads is that they have a disclaimer that says "This is not a gambling site" when in fact it really is!

      How do they get away with that?

       

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        Dennis, Feb 17th, 2006 @ 6:12am

        Re: tv ad

        Some states, like California, don't consider poker gambling. Poker is not simply a game of chance like slots or even blackjack. You could theoretically win every hand by bluffing, although this is much more difficult online.

        I'd have to agree that it probably boils down to lost tax dollars, as there are plenty of other forms of legalized gambling most places (lotto, horse racing, bingo, etc.)

         

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        VisiX, Feb 17th, 2006 @ 6:40am

        Re: tv ad

        Most of the poker .com sites have a .net equivalent that does not use real money. So, if you go to partypoker.net instead of partypoker.com it should be a nongambling site. They tout these sites as learning sites, but they are really just gateway/stepping stones to the real money sites. So, on TV they just advertise the .net

         

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        Anonymous Coward, Feb 17th, 2006 @ 7:03am

        Re: tv ad

        Because partypoker.NET is not a gambling site. No money changes hands and there is no fee. BUT, there is also partypoker.COM which is a real money site with pay to play games. The ads on TV are for the free site. The free site advertises the pay site to free game players.

        Eitherway, it's crap like this that makes me want to move to Canada. Stop telling me how I should live America.

         

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          ZOMG CENSORED, Feb 17th, 2006 @ 7:13am

          Re: tv ad

          FYI, the law is basically the same here in Canada as well. It's just a bit more clear and ironclad.

           

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          toddvj, Feb 17th, 2006 @ 7:13am

          Prison Sentence

          ...And while you are doing your 5 years in prison, you can really hone your poker skills, and win lots of cigarettes.

           

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          mark rednick, Aug 6th, 2007 @ 2:20pm

          Re: Re: tv ad

          The sistes will not now with the new law take money from U. S. Citizens at U.S. sites. Anonymous coward is mentally ill and we should all encourage his move to Canada. I cannot imagine anyone who would not want that.

           

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          mark rednick, Mar 22nd, 2008 @ 8:50am

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          Coward, please do move to Canada. Say hello to the other cowards who went there while I ws in the Korean War.

           

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        dcsoxfan04, Feb 17th, 2006 @ 7:33am

        Re: tv ad

        Because, Red Matrix, those commercials are for partypoker.NET, if you look closely. partypoker.net is like an informational site about poker, with links all over it to partypoker.COM, which is where the gambling takes place. Sneaky, eh?

         

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        JOC, Feb 17th, 2006 @ 8:10am

        Re: tv ad

        These sites are advertising the .net counterpart to their .com websites. The TV ads give the partypoker.net URL, not partypoker.com. They aren't advertising a site where you play for real money. Once you've found the .net it's easy enough to get to the .com

         

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        PokerPal, Feb 17th, 2006 @ 9:11am

        Re: tv ad

        They are advertising the .net extension of their site which is where you can play for free with fake money.

         

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        Brent, Feb 17th, 2006 @ 9:46am

        Re: tv ad

        The ads are for the "non monetized" versions on the sites. For example, partypoker.net is completely free...but partypoker.com is where you can actually bet real money.

        The sites, other than name, look identical.

        (Least they used to, I can't check them from work, so I can't be 100% certain)

         

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        Carlton Smith, Feb 17th, 2006 @ 10:14am

        Re: tv ad

        They get away with it by advertising "partypoker.net", not "partypoker.com". The first site is an "information" site, and the other a gambling site. Both owned by the same people and closely related.

        That said. The government has no business protecting us from ourselves. If we're stupid enough to blow all our money gambling on line, then we have to pay the price for that ourselves. People are going to gamble, regardless of legality. Why spend taxpayer money incarcerating them also?

         

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        chris, Feb 17th, 2006 @ 11:15am

        Re: tv ad

        they're right, it's not technically gambling. gambling is when you put your real money into a pot, depending on the cards you win or lose real money. Oppose to partypoker, you pay money to enter into a tournament and win or lose. There is no leaving the table with some of your money or leaving with more money without winning the tournament. You're basically entering to win a contest.

         

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    GM, Feb 17th, 2006 @ 6:11am

    Something better to do

    You know I would think that the politicians in Washington would have something better to do with their time instead of squabbling over the little stuff. Forget online poker. Do something about skyrocketing health care prices, gas prices, or anything useful.

     

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    Jeremy, Feb 17th, 2006 @ 6:56am

    Morality

    I like the comment on "MORALITY POLICE". Funny. I would also like to add that what we as citizens do with OUR money is OUR business, and nobody elses. And I know this is off the subject but why is PROSTITUTION ILLEGAL?? It's perfectly free to give away, but when you charge for it it's illegal. We pay for it anyways, when we buy dinner or a couple of drinks. I remember some comedian mentioned this. George Carlin??maybe

     

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      Todd, Feb 17th, 2006 @ 11:11am

      Re: Morality

      I think the comidian your talking about is Doug Stanhope. "Vice Cops" It is one of his funniest skits. I quoted part of the skit. It's off of "Something To Take The Edge Off"

      -every vice is already a punishment in its self, there should be no such thing as a vice law. Every vice is only a bad habit and the punishment is inherit in the act. You smoke cigarettes, you get cancer, you die. You don't need a ticket on top of it. I've done every vice there is, and their all punishment in themselves. You gamble you lose your money the house has the edge. It's a punishment in itself. You watch too much porno, it diminishes your taste for the kind of girls who will actually FUCK YOU!!.......goto jail on top of that is Double Jeopardy and that's unconstitutional."

       

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    Just Me, Feb 17th, 2006 @ 7:17am

    There's a line from Sports Night

    Something along the lines of... "Any law that makes criminals of millions of Americans should be seriously looked at."

    They were talking about soft drug laws having stiffer punishments than murder and such, but the concept is similar.

     

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    Neon, Feb 17th, 2006 @ 7:21am

    No Subject Given

    This is quite funny... not more than 2 months ago my boss almost lost all his money (and a large sum of the company's money) to party poker online. I begged him to remove it from his computer because I knew they used underhanded advertising techniques but I wasnt sure if they extended as far as spyware. He just kept on going for a long time till he had no money and started crying about how his life was ruined. If this had happend sooner, maybe it could have "scared him straight".

    There's nothing like the feeling that you are working for a complete idiot... It makes you feel so good about yourself.

     

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    Steve, Feb 17th, 2006 @ 7:52am

    An Aside

    What would stop 7 friends from sending their cards to each other via IM and suckering player # 8 sitting at thier virtual table.

     

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    Ozzie Alfonso, Feb 17th, 2006 @ 7:58am

    No Subject Given

    Gee... did anyone catch the ad for Texas Hold-em with $10k in prizes right below the original post? Not intentional, just a sign of the times -- it's everywhere.

     

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    MyManMisterC, Feb 17th, 2006 @ 8:33am

    Addresses for the reps

    In case anyone wants to give these guys a piece of their mind, here is their contact info:

    Representative Bob Goodlatte

    Washington, DC Office:
    2240 Rayburn House Office Building
    Washington, DC 20515
    (202) 225-5431
    (202) 225-9681 fax


    Representative Rick Boucher

    WASHINGTON, D.C. OFFICE
    2187 Rayburn House Office Building
    Washington, D.C. 20515
    202-225-3861
    202-225-0442(fax)
    Ninthnet@mail.house.gov

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 17th, 2006 @ 9:13am

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    this better not pass.. as popular as internet poker is we would have to arrest millions of americans, and lock them all away for 5 years to make an example for the other millions also playing online

     

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    Whateva, Feb 17th, 2006 @ 9:23am

    go police yourself

    To all the morality police here, I say fuck off. I don't want legislation to take away even more freedom just because you can't take responsibility for your own actions. This is about as ridiculous as sueing a fast food company because you eat too much of their fatty food.

    Not all gambling is created equal. Poker involves a lot of skill, and is as entertaining as it is subtle. If you can outlaw online poker, then why not card rooms? They work in EXACTLY the same way, but are perfectly legal. Hell why not outlaw my weekly poker game with my buddies. Go police yourselves assholes.

     

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      Shughart, Feb 17th, 2006 @ 10:21am

      Re: go police yourself

      Pfft,..sense when do games of pure chance take skill..? That is the lamest thing that I'v heard in a while.

      Not to mention the spamming smacktards let viruses loose on unsuspecting people. I hope they close all the spamming dirtbags down completely.

       

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        Whateva, Feb 17th, 2006 @ 10:52am

        Re: go police yourself

        Pfft,...Poker is not a game of pure chance dumbass. Ever take a math class? There are various rules which increase or decrease the probability that yours is the winning hand. Try playing it or even just watching it on TV, you might open up that pea brain of yours. Beyond just statistics, it's also a study in human behaviour. The better you are at understanding people, the better you will do. It is NOT the same gambling as roulette. I've never played online, and I haven't been stupid enough to fall for spam e-mail or viruses. Perhaps you have...? been stupid enough, that is?

        The last thing we need is more laws "for our own protection". Maybe the goverment should monitor every single internet communication to make sure we are all totally protected? It's morons like you that let the lawmakers justify invading our internet privacy.

         

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        Lobo, Mar 3rd, 2007 @ 1:44pm

        Re: Re: go police yourself

        Pure chance?

        No skill?

        This obviously from someone who has no grasp of the game of poker.

        It takes an ENOURMOUS amount of skill and knowledge to win at poker. It's not simply a matter of "when to hold'em and when to fold'em"

        Sorry if you haven't the abilities...maybe you should stick to lotteries...a tax for people who can't do math.

         

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      Ryan, Feb 17th, 2006 @ 12:41pm

      Re: go police yourself

      Last I checked, your weekly poker game with your buddies IS illegal if there's any real money involved.

      Same goes for cardrooms that aren't run by a licensed casino.

      But I do agree.. gambling has it's own penalty.. losing.

      This is just a case of the govt seeing billions of dollars trading hands, and not being able to tax it.

      / how long until we see online poker being used for money laundering?

       

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    Brendan, Feb 17th, 2006 @ 10:25am

    Gambling

    Wait, so we are not allowed to invest in the stock market anymore? Isn't that gambling? This country is lame.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 17th, 2006 @ 12:51pm

    Lottery is done online too.

    If they go thru with this and stop online poker because of the Wire Act, then they would have to stop the Lottery as well because your purchase of a ticket is submitted thru an online type of network.

    Fare is fare. Can't stop one form of gambling and let another continue, even if it does help support state governments.

     

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    Mark, Feb 19th, 2006 @ 3:23pm

    on-line gambling

    If I were you I wouldn't be playing Monopoly. All that "fake" money could get you 5 years in the pokey without a get out of jail free card.

     

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    Brandon, Feb 19th, 2006 @ 4:24pm

    gambling

    Did you know that congress has taking are hurricane relief money and use it for there own self to buing car's and houses with it. Talking about gambling it is bad enough to steal are tax money for these rednick's in politions and yet that is way we are broke in the USA. Has congress read the ten commandments "Do not steal.'?

    That is way we can stand up and vote out these greedy rednick's out of office.

    Gambling is not half has bad has anything else like stealling our money and buing car's and houses.

    Good Night Know

     

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    HATE-SPAMMERS, Mar 15th, 2006 @ 3:06am

    MJ, You're The Biggest Spammer Of Them All!

    Notice MJ's post, two up from mine? Self proclaimed owner of www.tightpoker.com - I wonder if he has anything to do with the thousands of blogs found by typing "link:tightpoker.com blogspot" into almost any search engine?

    Everyone type that in and flag a few of his SPLOGS if you have time. Good luck!

     

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    Dewey Cavender, Jun 3rd, 2006 @ 5:54am

    online poker

     

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    Dewey Cavender, Jun 3rd, 2006 @ 5:54am

    online poker

     

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    Dewey Cavender, Jun 3rd, 2006 @ 6:06am

    online poker

    How can federal goverment regulate commerce from co that are licensed in one country ,server in another
    which could be changed in very little time.
    Why except they are not getting there % of money.
    Why try and regulate something that is almost
    impossibe to regulate.

    I would like for the poker sites to be made to have some large good company like warner commincations to come in an make sure software is legit.
    But making criminals out of large numbers of people is
    about as likely to work as trying to stop drugs which
    I would like to see stoped ,but not working!!!!

    Lets use a little brain power and look at issues
    and address the problems with online gambling !
    Wake up ,people a consevative that voted for
    Ralph rather than keep going as we are ,knowing waste of vote !
    but at least making statement.

     

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    Ted, Jul 7th, 2006 @ 5:43pm

    Boston Tea Part Part II

    They want you to think they are looking out for you...

    The truth is they want your money...

    Just like they did with Tobacco they will wind up doing with online gambling...

    Tax the heck out of it...

    Watch and see...

     

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    Inside Man DVD, Aug 2nd, 2006 @ 3:21pm

    Inside Man DVD

    >Inside Man DVD - Inside Man DVD is the story of a tough cop, Detective Frazier, who matches wits with a clever bank robber, Dalton, in a tense hostage drama. Get your Inside Man DVD from http://www.insideman.net/

     

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    lou gabrazzi, Aug 5th, 2006 @ 4:42pm

    gambling online

    My name: Lou. I am lobbist for my employer, M. Cordelione. I wish to discuss with several congressmen and senators my employers views about online gambling when I am in washington this fall. Thank you.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 13th, 2006 @ 6:05pm

    Poker vs Violent crimes

    5 years for playing poker online. That is about the same amount of time that rapists get. If I go and rob someone and beat them up I'll get less time than 5 years. If I just feel like going out and beating someone up for nothing I'll get less time. My brother robbed a bank once and he got less time.

    Check it out...
    http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/pdf/vfluc.pdf

     

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    hank mandeville, Feb 7th, 2007 @ 12:36pm

    I think they should make Mike Nifong the czar of online gambling...then he could try and get the death penalty for all on line gamblers.

    what a douche..fits perfectly with the current american govt initiative against on line gambling..

    douche fucks..all of em

     

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    Shaun, Jun 12th, 2008 @ 6:54am

    Home Games

    I can't speakfor every state, but weekly home games aren't necessarily illegal. In Michigan, a home game is perfectly legal, provided that every penny that comes into the game is paid back out to he players. That simply means that whoever's running the game cannot charge fee's or hold back part of the prize pool. Anybody can hold a tournament in Michigan with as many players the please as long as all money is put into the prize pool.

     

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    Margaret, Sep 4th, 2009 @ 3:49am

    DC Lottery

    I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

    Margaret

    http://lotterymegamillions.net

     

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