re: Poker & Is poker unethical??
Originally Posted by ra64
So, I am doing a research project involving online poker, namely its a software project involving collusion detection.
For it, I have to establish some background and discuss the social and ethical implications.
So I'd like to hear everyone's opinions on, why you think poker is ethical/ unethical? why do you play poker? What if any skills do you aquire from playing poker (particularly online poker). Do these skill help you outside of poker? should online poker be legal and regulated? What impact do you think poker has on society, the economy, etc.?
Please respond with your thoughts, it will help me alot. Also would be helpful if you could direct me to links pertaining to the the ethics of poker, and the debate over the legal regulation of online poker.
Also if you have any experience with collusion detection algorithms and are willing to help, let me know...
RA64: Please excuse the overtone of what I'm about to type. You could be the greatest person, but in these times I feel it is hard to talk about poker legality and to trust anyone with such talk outside of known poker players. So don't take this personally.
We've had people come on here and ask general questions about taxes, the laws and bills pending, etc. If I were involved in the effort to ban poker or to enforce current laws regarding poker, I would find this forum a great resource of information to further my crusade against poker.
Since I am, in fact, deeply concerned with the effort to deny my right to make a living for my family while playing online poker, forgive me for not being open to discussion about it to someone who is unknown to this forum. I do not wish to give any ammunition to the enemy, be it to anyone asking the question or to those adversaries that may just be reading about it, printing it, and giving it to their cause.
Again, don't take this personally. But I'll have to urge my fellow members to refrain from giving any responses that can be twisted into fodder and used against us in these times of governmental crackdowns.
To answer your question: With its unique blend of skill and luck, playing poker is just as ethical as playing Left Field at Yankee Stadium.
Good luck in your pursuits.