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Do you support legalizing online gambling in D.C.?

D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown (I-At-Large) is offering up online gambling as a way for the city to help a $200 million budget deficit.

By Ryan Kellett  |  December 10, 2010; 5:12 PM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I think the poll should have another answer, something along the line of "Yes, because it should be legal". Leaving aside the revenue aspects of it, I think it's silly that online poker (which is really what we're talking about here, right?) is illegal. It just doesn't make any sense to me that lotteries, which have suckers odds and where winning is pure luck, should be legal in DC, but poker, which involves skill and strategy (and luck), is illegal.

Posted by: bucky_katt | December 11, 2010 2:20 AM

Online poker will probably be run from a place (china, india or some other place) that will not create any local jobs. It will take the local money away. If you are going to have the poker, allow local casinos. It will provide some jobs at least.

Posted by: RKGaithersburg | December 11, 2010 6:54 AM

Online poker is already widespread, and players are fairly open about it. The major online poker companies advertise openly, sponsor televised tournaments, etc.. Since the sites are off-shore, usually in Costa Rica, Aruba, or the UK, there's little the government can do about them. There's no federal law against individuals playing, and local authorities don't have much interest in raiding individuals homes and seizing computers to build a case that no prosecutor would want to touch.

So let DC legalize it, and hopefully they won't screw it up by doing dumb things like increasing the rake.

Posted by: Dick_Tuck | December 11, 2010 9:01 AM

Well said Bucky.

Posted by: dnara | December 11, 2010 10:27 AM

change the bankruptcy code so that no gambling debt can be discharged thru bankruptcy...

Posted by: DwightCollins | December 11, 2010 12:08 PM

Anyone who plays poker online for real money is a complete idiot. Do you want to play poker against somebody who is able to see your hand and cause the computer server to deal you any card he wants? Because that's the easiest thing in the world to program.

Posted by: dcc1968 | December 11, 2010 1:31 PM

When it's legal, play poker against me on the poker site I can program. I'll see all your cards and I'll decide which card you draw next.

Or if you don't want to wait, just go to an existing poker web site, especially if it's run in eastern Europe, Nigeria, China, India, or actually practically anywhere.

Posted by: dcc1968 | December 11, 2010 1:38 PM

Completely agree with the first poster. Why does the mainstream media have to be so friggin clueless when it comes to gaming issues? The correct option in this poll SHOULD BE "YES, because it should be legal". Why does it make it sound like the city is making a deal with the devil if it allows it? Online poker is played everyday by thousands of people in this country and some people (not me) have managed to earn a consistent payday by studying the game and improving their play.

Posted by: rally_point | December 11, 2010 1:43 PM

Legalized online gambling in DC? Why not? DC is already one of the most morally corrupt cities in America, especially with all the politicians in this city. What difference is another vice going make in an already corrupt town?

Posted by: liberalsareblind | December 11, 2010 2:06 PM

DCC1968 -- You realize you just made an argument for U.S. legalization and regulation, right?

Also, if you are so good at programming as to be able to hack an online poker site, why don't you do it? I'm sure the profit margin would be astronomical. Assuming your competition didn't notice they weren't getting their expected value.

Posted by: oxstu1 | December 11, 2010 7:36 PM

These arguments are just plain ridiculous. The fact of the matter is, over 14 million Americans already play poker online right now. To think that actually legalizing this is going to create an even larger problem is just plain wrong. The only thing this will do is allow the current 14 million players to play with a better piece of mind knowing that the website they are playing on is US regulated. THAT'S IT! I'm so annoyed with all the right-winged blabber about this topic. Yes, I play online, yes, I make a nice little profit doing it and no, I have never NOT received the funds that I request to be cashed out. If the government wants to ignore the fact that they can earn tax revenue from this, so be it, but the truth of the matter is, whether this bill is approved or denied, online poker will continue in the United States.

Oh, and for all of you who are arguing about the damage legalizing online poker is going to do to today's youth...stop blaming everything else for today's lack of parenting. If parents got more involved with what their children were doing, we wouldn't nearly have the issues we do today with our nation's youth. Enough said.

Posted by: msuguy1178 | December 14, 2010 5:13 PM

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