Originally Posted by K_Kahne_Fan
Money - They say it's harder to tax gambling on the web, but how do companies like ebay/amazon exist? They have to get taxed somehow. If it's for the fact it's harder to tax "foreign" gambling sites, then make it illegal to play on "foreign" sites and I'm sure there will be PLENTY of US based sites which will open. As for any other "cheating" issues, if poker was legal, they could set up a "department" to go around and use our tax money to monitor the software/use of these sites.
Money - It's feared that people will spend their "bill money" on gambling and end up in an alleyway... yet (in my state) lotto/bingo/horse races are allowed... because that makes sense.
Ignorance - MANY people are still under the mindset that "poker is bad." They don't know why they feel that was "they just do." However, the good thing about online gaming is that hopefully in the next 10 - 20 years (I know a while), the people who play online now will be the next generation in office and be able to change things.
BTW: could the political portions of this thread maybe have their own thread? I feel bad hijacking the OP.
The comment about lotto, etc. is great. I think people create some sort of hierarchy in their minds--whether they admit it or not--that dictates their stance regarding poker. For example, some people think slots
are harmless, but to me, slots are the biggest rip off of any gambling. And some think blackjack
is "safer" than poker, but poker is the only game where the player has some say over the odds
they choose to engage with.
As far as people in office, that's an interesting comment because when you take a look at the number of politicians that admit they play poker - i mean, not just congressman, but judges, lawyers, mayors, etc. it really doesn't make sense that there is such opposition.
If the starting a new thread about politics was directed at me, I apologize for including the comment about the current candidates. I don't know if making comments like that is against our forum rules, and I don't mean any harm.