Don't Play Poker Online While People Are Shooting At Your DSL

from the no,-seriously dept

I think we have a winner, already, for most bizarre story of the month. Yesterday, Broadband Reports had a random story about DSL service going down in New Mexico due to "random gunfire", which seems odd enough. However, the impact of that loss of DSL was beyond what many could imagine. That's because one local resident, just as the random gunfire erupted, happened to be playing poker online, and just happened to have pocket aces (the best hand) in the middle of a round with a lot of money at stake. He claims that just as the DSL service went down (yes, remember, due to random gunfire), he clicked to go "all in." However, service dropped, and by the time it came back, the game was over. Apparently, the system folded his pocket aces, since he wasn't responding -- but when the service came back, it remembered the "all in" click -- dumping all his money in on a hand where he had nothing. The guy, needless to say, is a bit pissed off. He wants to blame someone, but Qwest, the DSL provider isn't taking responsibility (can you believe them?). The online poker site also said too bad. Obviously, he's going after the wrong people. The person to blame is the "random" shooter who took out DSL in New Mexico. So, remember kids, when trying to raise tuition money or seed funding while playing poker online, it's best to do so on a connection you know is secure where there's no random gunfire shooting out DSL lines... or, maybe go wireless, since that's much tougher to take out with a gunfire.

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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 7 Dec 2005 @ 12:35pm

    Re: Wait a min!

    The Bush administration also seems to think it is Constitutional to torture "enemy combatants" and detain suspects indefinitely without charging them. I wouldnt put much stock into what they seem to think.

    Specifically regarding online poker, it is probably legal for two reasons:

    1. Most laws dealing with gambling are so illegal casinos don't spring up and take bets without a license.

    2. Poker is not like other casino games... it is more like chess or a sport, on which it is perfectly legal to make a private bet.

    3. The most important reason. All of the "action" takes place on foreign servers in the islands and in Canada or the UK where online poker is legal to operate. Therefore the action is on their side of "the pond" and in their jurisdiction.

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