Originally Posted by JEP712
Hopefully, the bill gets abolished.
I agree. I haven't read it, but the state is taking an isolated group who are doing something that isn't dangerous, is recreational, and turning it into a stereotype.
I had a discussion the other day about the legalization of marijuana. I don't use, but I think it should be legalized for two reasons (Yes, this is a tangent, I'll be back on track after the two reasons):
1. It can be controlled and taxed by the state. The funds can go to education. You know your public school teachers aren't making enough money. (Hell, neither are your soldiers for that matter... a year away from their homes and their families to live in a smelly place where everybody's tryin' to kill 'em...)
2. It's going to cut down on crime. If selling weed is illegal, and people are still doing it, when they legalize it, people are still going to do it, but it's going to be Rite-Aid and CVS instead of the kid who should be in school.
Now, back on track...
Online poker should be legal and not morally in question because (and I believe this as far as all poker)
1. It can be controlled and taxed by the state. If you've seen an a movie about a casino in the last 50 years, you probably know about the NGC, or Nevada Gaming Commission. (Ok, about a casino in Nevada.) All you have to do is form a commission and write into your state's legislature that a portion of the casino's profits will go to dues for the gaming commission, they'll enforce fairness, and make sure a small amount of what the house takes in goes to the state.
2. It's going to cut down on crime. If it's illegal for me and my friends to get together at a communal friend's house, and smoke weed (I don't) and play poker for money (I do), I'm still going to do it. Gambling isn't allowed where my home station is (somewhere in Georgia), but from what I've heard there are card rooms every night in that town. And some of them in some pretty shady places. I would much rather play in a proper, regulated place with proper floormen and dealers then in the back room of a bar.
But if I wanna play cards that badly I might take the risk, and I'm at a lot more risk there than I am at a well-lit well-trafficked well-regulated casino. Not to mention the jobs...
A further note, if online poker stopped being so heavily regulated in the states, there could be poker sites hosted in the states, and when all these fraud and cheating scandals come out, they'll actually be in US jurisdiction.
But no, those who think with their hearts and not with their heads have branded us all degenerates, so now our country spirals downward with solid alternatives to our problems that they are too headstrong to even consider.