Poker is America.
The game, the play, the money, the hand, the sharks, the fish, the stacks, the chips, the dealing, the betting, the holding, the folding, the bluffing, the losing, the winning, the bragging, the people, the players, the pot – Poker is America.
From its New Orleans birthplace in 1829, Poker has grown in style and sophistication just like this great country of ours. Texas Hold’em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Seven Card Stud are as legendary as the Model T, Mickey Mouse and the World Series.
But deep in the night of September 30, 2006, retiring Senator Bill Frist and his cronies cynically slipped in a special-interest rider at the last minute passing of a very important Port Security Bill. The special-interest rider was added under the guise of “puritanical reasons” to make the game of poker illegal to play online. No one read the freeloading rider. No one knew what the freeloading rider was about. And no one would ever vote against a critical Port Security Bill. It was 2 o’clock in the morning on the last session of the house – the cheating hour.