MA Proposes Criminalizing Online Poker

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Greetings:

My name is Randy Castonguay and I am the Massachusetts Representative for the Poker Players Alliance.

Recently, Governor Deval Patrick proposed a bill (H.4307) that seeks to expand casino gambling in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This bill also includes a proposition that would make it a crime for you to play poker on the Internet (See: Section 15(h)(2)(i)). Under this provision, violators will be subject to a maximum term of 2 years in the house of correction, a fine of $25,000, or both. Ironically, H.4307 is pro-casino gambling legislation, yet it makes Internet gaming a crime. This is an unacceptable double-standard!

The Poker Players Alliance is committed to assisting Massachusetts poker players by bringing attention to this attack on our rights; however, we cannot do this alone. We need your help and are asking that you send letters to Governor Deval Patrick, your local State Representative and your State Senator. We have provided a standard letter which will automatically be sent to the above politicians. We encourage you to personalize the letter by adding your own comments. We cannot stress enough how important it is for you to make your voice heard.

Protect poker and send your letter today by visiting http://capwiz.com/pokerplayersalliance/issues/alert/?alertid=10504161&type=ML

This alert is specifically for poker players from Massachusetts who want to protect their rights.

We will update you on this situation as information becomes available to us. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at ma@pokerplayersalliance.org.

All In,
Randy Castonguay
Poker Players Alliance Massachusetts State Director
 
aliengenius

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Massholes.

My sister and her husband are Massholes, I'll forward this to her attention.
 
KingNothing4

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wtf that is so bad, that would suck, i dont get y gambling of n e form should be illegal if u r of age to do so, that is ridiculous, gov't tryin to shape the way u can use ur money, now thats not freedom!!! i just think its completely stupid to make it a crime to gamble.
 
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What's wrong with these people? Are they trying to build a dictatorship?

And I see no irony. They want to collect taxes from the casinos and mistakenly think that Internet poker is detracting from Casino business.

Did I say "think" above? What was I thinking?
 
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Equivalence , make it illegal to look at pictures of guns, but legal to go out and shoot someone.
 
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Equivalence , make it illegal to look at pictures of guns, but legal to go out and shoot someone.

Or you are not old enough to buy alcohol, but old enough to become a soldier!
 
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the only reasoning i can come up with for this is they r worried about too many people going bust on online poker since the ease of access and then they would be dependent on the gov't for the welfare check or w/e but if they have that big of a gambling problem, they will go to the real casino n lose it there, this really doesn't solve n e thing to my knowledge...
 
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the only reasoning i can come up with for this is they r worried about too many people going bust on online poker since the ease of access and then they would not be able to go to the real casino n lose it there

FYP
 
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the only reasoning i can come up with for this is they r worried about too many people going bust on online poker since the ease of access and then they would be dependent on the gov't for the welfare check or w/e but if they have that big of a gambling problem, they will go to the real casino n lose it there, this really doesn't solve n e thing to my knowledge...

No, it sounds moer like since they want more casinos, they want you to attend them and not play online. Either way it's bullshit. and lmao AG, "Massholes"
 
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I better be able to play online poker when I visit my sister in Boston, or ELSE !

VOTE you MASSHOLES, VOTE !!
 
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OMG I HATE MY LIFE, if this happens im gonna move out of MA
 
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OMG I HATE MY LIFE, if this happens im gonna move out of MA

Will you follow the above ppa link? Will you call your elected representatives or write them a letter about the thing that is important to you? Did you vote today? Will you do something to influence your situation, instead of accepting your "fate"?
 
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it prob will, alot of people are going on the side of having casinos in mass since everyone goes to CT to play. Damn looks like ill have to move now
 
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Will you follow the above ppa link? Will you call your elected representatives or write them a letter about the thing that is important to you? Did you vote today? Will you do something to influence your situation, instead of accepting your "fate"?

Yes im going to send a letter first thing tomorrow morning, and I did vote today :). I dont know what i can do though
 
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Voting doesn't work in a one-party system.

Or a two party system either I suppose?

Anyway, the point is you can accept what happens to you or you can influence it.... your choice.
 
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So, lets say the big guy already is going to ban online play no matter what. (petition or not)
Could this be a conspiracy to compile a list of names who do play online? Then they know already who to go after it is banned?
 
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So, lets say the big guy already is going to ban online play no matter what. (petition or not)
Could this be a conspiracy to compile a list of names who do play online? Then they know already who to go after it is banned?

I guess it could be...
 

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Sounds like he's in bed with the local casino interests. Gambling in a casino is good but on-line is bad. Give me a break.
 
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I am convinced that the only reason that online gambling/poker playing is still illegal is because the US gov't has not yet figured out a way to effectively tax it. This type of bill just reinforces my thought. You are at a casino where casino employees can and will issue you the proper forms if you win too much at once, but on the intarweb, no one is there to monitor you.
 
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This is all about power, control and money, nothing more. It happens in absolutely every aspect of life.
 
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Thank You All!

Greetings;

I'd just like to thank you all for taking this thread seriously. This issue is so immensely important, not just for Massholes, but for online poker players nationwide because of the precedent this will set.

Randy C~
MA PPA Rep
 
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So, lets say the big guy already is going to ban online play no matter what. (petition or not)
Could this be a conspiracy to compile a list of names who do play online? Then they know already who to go after it is banned?

Under MA law, that would be illegal. I'm not saying they wouldn't try it...we all know politicians, however, if MA residents use the PPA generated auto-letter system, they cannot track the IP address. Just a small point to know.

All In,

Randy C~
MA Rep PPA
 
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Under MA law, that would be illegal. I'm not saying they wouldn't try it...we all know politicians, however, if MA residents use the PPA generated auto-letter system, they cannot track the IP address.



I'm not trying to debate you in any way so please don't take it that way.

I'm not quite sure exactly how the PPA's generated auto-letter
system works. But, someone has to look at these names to make sure they are legit.
It's like asking for a petition or a vote and someone putting a bunch of dead men's names on it.
As for the IP address it won't be needed they already know what state
you live in.(MA Petition)
 
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I wonder if there is a competition to see which state can piss off poker players the most. Massachusetts is in the lead (FYI)
 
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