A Federal Crackdown
It is now illegal for a person to operate, participate or associate with ANY online gambling website that’s in the United States. Some time ago, the United States seized a large number of gambling websites. This has upset many Americans, especially Phil Ivey who has announced that he will not participate in this year’s World Series of Poker tournament and has filed a lawsuit electronically against Full Tilt Poker. He says that he and many other Americans are owed money but Full Tilt Poker refuses to pay out. A Full Tilt spokesperson responded in saying that it’s a shame that Mr. Ivey feels this way, and that actually Mr. Ivey owes them money, about three million dollars. They also stated that Mr. Ivey’s actions aren’t what they seem; they feel he is more concern with his own financial status then those of others. Defendants involved with this US Federal crackdown face 5-20 years for their participation, plus a hefty fine.
The U.S. Watches the International Poker Community
Many other professional poker players, besides Phil Ivey, believe that this is just a way the US government can get money out of the common man. The United States Justice Department believes that online gambling sites on US soil are just ways terrorists and other similar organizations can fund their operations. Sounds ridiculous, but it is possible. One US Justice Department spokesperson said, “With the fall of Osama Bin Laden we (United States) should take this opportunity and tighten our belt.” Was it just a coincidence that the fall of Osama Bin Laden happened shortly after the United States banned online gambling? Some federal authorities don’t think so. The United States are pretty strict when it comes to paying out money outside the country, because they don’t know where it goes after that. Does this mean that the United States thinks that terrorists play poker better than Americans? Well, it sounds like the United States government thinks so.
To think that a world known terrorists such as Osama Bin Laden funds his operations through gambling websites is just ridiculous. I believe that there were no solid connections between the two, not a single piece of evidence. However, this doesn’t mean that the US didn’t have other ulterior motives. Maybe the United States felt threaten in other ways unforeseen by other Americans.
Make them hear your Voice
There’s nothing more upsetting to a person than to have their government decide what they can and can’t do with their own money. Take your actions to a community leader and see where your community stands when it comes to the international poker laws. Your voice by itself may not be heard, but bring a community together and see the heads turn in your direction. If you speak loud enough, they can’t help but listen. The international poker community hasn’t lost this battle yet. There are still a few questions that need to be answered and a few actions that need to take place.
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