Playing Poker for Fun and Money

November 16th, 2012  :  Written by Patriot #1

Gamblers Anonymous

Seems like our neighbors to the north are taking to poker like a polar bear to water. Welcome to the wonderful world of poker, eh? But an article from the Canadian Press notes that people are at risk of becoming problem gamblers.

Who knew that American Poker could be as addictive as watching television 6 hours a day, everyday?

For those of you who may think your loved one has a problem – answer the 20 Questions provided by Gamblers Anonymous:

1. Did you ever lose time from work or school due to gambling?
2. Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy?
3. Did gambling affect your reputation?
4. Have you ever felt remorse after gambling?
5. Did you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties?
6. Did gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?
7. After losing did you feel you must return as soon as possible and win back your losses?
8. After a win did you have a strong urge to return and win more?
9. Did you often gamble until your last dollar was gone?
10. Did you ever borrow to finance your gambling?
11. Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling?
12. Were you reluctant to use “gambling money” for normal expenditures?
13. Did gambling make you careless of the welfare of yourself or your family?
14. Did you ever gamble longer than you had planned?
15. Have you ever gambled to escape worry or trouble?
16. Have you ever committed, or considered committing, an illegal act to finance gambling?
17. Did gambling cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?
18. Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations create within you an urge to gamble?
19. Did you ever have an urge to celebrate any good fortune by a few hours of gambling?
20. Have you ever considered self destruction or suicide as a result of your gambling?

Most compulsive gamblers will answer YES to at least 7 of these questions.

After that, if you think there’s a problem, try talking about it first. And of course, there is always outside help from Gamblers Anonymous.

Play your game. Don’t let the game play you.

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PkrPwr: Three Good Poker Plays

November 15th, 2012  :  Written by Patriot #1

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1. Play as well as you can every session and enjoy the people and the game.

2. Never mock a new player or acquaintance in poker because in six months you may find he/she is a very good friend.

3. Most long-time players agree: that if I never won another dime in the game of poker, that the people I have met through the game have made the whole experience worthwhile.

Play Poker. Talk Poker. Because Poker is America.

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Congrats Poker Patriots! Step In The Right Direction.

November 14th, 2012  :  Written by Patriot #1

Rep. Jim Leach : DefeatedWith the Democrats taking the House – and possibly the Senate – in yesterday’s mid-term elections, a clear message was sent to the Washington insiders and special-interest groups: Don’t Mess With Texas Hold’em!

Jim Leach [R-IA], one of the architects of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, lost his seat in Congress to Democrat Dave Loebsack. So thanks Iowa! Good on you for standing up to this self-proclaimed “moral arbiter.” Unfortunately, Rep. Bob Goodlatte [R-VA] and Senator John Kyl [R-AZ], two other architects of the UIGE retained their seats, but Bill Frist [R-TN] didn’t run so he’s out [though he hopes to be President some day…].

There’s a good article over at CardPlayer and one at PokerNews as well.

Leach sat on the Financial Services and International Relations committees, so this means new people will fill his seat – hopefully those with better credentials and a broader outlook on what should be regulated and how far national powers should extend into the lives of everyday Americans.

The job is nowhere near complete – the fight must continue. We’ll continue to cover the fallout from the election and the changes it will herald.

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eCOGRA Makes Offer To UK RE:Online Gambling

November 13th, 2012  :  Written by Patriot #1

eCOGRA logoeCOGRA [eCommerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance], the online gambling industry’s independent player protection and standards authority, has offered consulting services to the UK DCMS [Department of Culture, Media and Sport] regarding the current move to regulate online gambling in Europe. No word yet from the UK as to whether they’re interested.

It’s an interesting move by eCOGRA. They are one of the larger self-regulating bodies in online gambling, though they were founded by and are led by the major operators in the industry including OnGame, MicroGaming and 888 Holdings. It truly is an insiders club more than a regulating body but let’s not split hairs. What they’re doing is in their own best interest, but also serves the industry as a whole. If they can assist the UK/EU in establishing regulation, everyone will benefit, including players.

eCOGRA put out a press release you can read here.

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UIGE Act is Unenforceable According to International Finance Report

November 12th, 2012  :  Written by Patriot #1

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“…it would be difficult for individual countries to compel Internet services based outside their borders to stop processing transactions that are legal in the nation from which they operate.”

Translation: If your nation’s internet policies are out of step with the rest of the World Wide Web, it’s going to be almost impossible to enforce them.

As the latest article in Business Week confirms, the UIGE Act will be almost unenforceable. That’s the assessment from a new report by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an international organization based in France that develops recommendations for combating money laundering and terrorism financing. Like China trying to stop Google or Eliot Ness trying to uphold prohibition, people will always find a way to what they want.

What a waste of time, for Congress and the American people. The UIGE Act will be a bad memory in 3 years when we finally kill it. But all the effort, money and time put in to right this wrong could have been used to actually regulate and develop the online industry. It could have been used to create technology, expertise and well-paying careers – to lead the way through this growing international market.

But no, because of the special-interest politicians who un-democratically pushed it through when no one was looking, the UIGE Act will cause needless harm to the American people and damage the reputation of one of this country’s greatest traditions – Poker.

Bill Frist, Jim Leach and Jon Kyl – you will be held accountable for your corruptive practices and un-American acts.

Because Poker is America.

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