Senator Harry Reid promises he will try to push through an online poker bill in 2013 after his...

Senator Harry Reid promises he will try to push through an online poker bill in 2013 after his efforts last year fell flat. The window is opening again because opponents of other broader forms of online gambling see legislation to let poker online as a small concession. If Reid can "thread the needle" with Congress and governors it could be a win-win for casinos which can generate poker sales online while also protecting brick-and-mortar operations from a landscape of rampant online gambling.

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  • Tony Petroski
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    He would have my vote. Why not play poker for money online? It's more honest than stock trading online and with fewer hands to intercept the winnings.


    What bothers me is that Majority Leader Reid seems to be a libertarian when it comes to online gambling and yet a veritable Cotton Mather scold when it comes to my drinking a Big Gulp, exercising my freedoms protected by the Bill of Rights (my Big Gulp is a God-given right) or having a cigarette.


    It almost makes you think he's just an opportunist rather than the principled Lion of the Senate he is.


    "Every Senate needs a Lion."
    -- Yogi Kennedy
    23 Jan 2013, 11:12 AM Reply Like
  • the_eye13
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    Yogi: Based on my experiences with playing Poker online there is one site that is totally legit...Poker Stars. Which sadly has been banned by in the US market. They paid when you won and their games were as legit as you can ask for. The many other sites that are available to US players should all be shut down immediately. They make it very difficult to get your winnings and even more importantly they are all designed to increase their rake on hands to the max for them. I hope that they make online Poker legal soon and at the same time they had better be certain that the games are truly random and NOT the garbage that is available today in the US.
    23 Jan 2013, 12:03 PM Reply Like
  • BeepBeepImAJeep3
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    While I agree with you that Poker Stars is a legitimate company (which is why they will be setting up in New Jersey assuming the legislation does no get vetoed), your argument against other companies in the market is way off the mark. There are a handful of other companies operating in Europe that all run operations on the up-and-up. Also, keep in mind a lot of the companies that serviced US accounts post 2006 had to essentially launder money to get it back into the company which is why it was so hard to withdraw/deposit and one of the reasons Full Tilt went under.


    And your claim about non-random, extra rake generating hands is false. There has been no statistical evidence of that happening even at some of the shady sites. That claim is normally what non-winning players tell themselves to set their mind at ease.
    23 Jan 2013, 01:28 PM Reply Like
  • Uncle Pie
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    Is this Reid's best idea to balance the federal budget?
    23 Jan 2013, 01:05 PM Reply Like
  • Hillbilly Stock Star
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    24 Jan 2013, 10:11 PM Reply Like
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