Originally Posted by legislatepoker
Following the events of 4/15/2011, poker players, now more than ever, need to come together and demand we be heard. We need strong legislation that protects the rights and efforts of all players, from the casual tournament entrant to the consummate professional earning a living online.
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Online poker is an international game and as such I feel that this fight should be fought along international as well as national lines (Players from the USA are not the only ones fighting stupid poker laws.)
All poker players should be calling for an international standard with a view to achieving consistent consumer protection and regulations for online poker.
I may be just a dumb fish on the tables but I reckon respective governments should be taxing the rake and juice generated by their own constituents (at a rate of about 30%) and NOT taxing poker winnings. (A sort of "FORCED" partnership with the poker sites
It is the poker player that is taking all of the risks and it just seems to me to be the only fair way to tax poker, governments can get their tax fix while online poker sites and their customers get stability and a level playing field globally.
In relation to casino games the game of poker is a special case and should be regulated as such.
I am willing to be talked out of this point of view if someone has any better ideas.