What Can I Say?

I don’t really know what to say about this new anti-gaming bill – actually, it’s the Port Security Bill. I guess our elected officials have decided that the inability to donk off a buyin with A-Q suited will make our country safer. Fuck’em.

There is an old quote, “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” I thought it was a JFK-ism, but a little internet search attributes the quote to Voltaire (cue Swingers quote: “Hang on Voltaire!”). I don’t even like online poker, but I certainly believe I should be able to play it if I fucking want to, and I believe my friends who make a living as such have every right to do so. The fact that this Draconian bill has been pushed through is a load of crap, and it’s shocking how fast Party Poker has said they’ll pull the plug on their US business.

I haven’t pulled out the money from my (inactive) Party Poker account yet, I don’t really think I need to panic (someone please tell me if they disagree) – I figure worst case is that I won’t be able to add money to the account, and that I won’t be able to play on the site – but I don’t think it will be a disaster getting the money out. At least I hope not.

For constantly breaking news on the Port Act, check out

and a variety of 2+2 Threads.

I’m pretty depressed about this in any case, as I think it will have a huge negative effect on live poker as well – as the pipeline of new fish who get interested in the game online and then go get stacked by me at the Mirage will dwindle.

Shelley Berkley, representative from Nevada, states the ridiculousness of the Port Act in this YouTube clip.

on TILT,

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