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by ... the Internet?

Mar 26, 2007 7:10 AM

Carol, I know that you love to play a little poker online, mostly in the $5 & $10 & $20 entry fee in no limit tournaments and other low limit open poker games.

I too love to play online and there are millions of us poker players in the United States who are now prohibited from this civil right that was a part of our Declaration of Independence.

Well, we are not alone. I just read an editorial in the newspaper calling for the repeal of the bogus Internet gambling ban. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass, the new chairman of the House Financial Services Committee called the act "preposterous" and one of the "stupidest" bills ever passed and went on to say that he is interested in overturning the law.

Our rights have been stated in far better words than I can use in this column but here is just a part of our Declaration of Independence: "We were endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights ”¦ and our pursuit of happiness."

I know that you are concerned that the Great White Father in Washington D.C. has said no to you and to the other millions of us, no, you cannot play poker online.

I am a veteran of World War II and the Korean War and I fought for and have earned the right to take a risk if I wish to, and I do not need big brother looking over my shoulder tell me what I can do with my money!

We have thousands of our best young people now in harms way fighting for our rights to be and remain a free people.

But we have a few in Washington who have taken our rights away from us!

Is it time for another Boston Tea Party?

I believe the reason that the government took this action in the middle of the night, behind our backs was not for the protection of us, the citizens from the evil of online poker.

But rather the reason was greed on the part of the government of the Untied States of America. The government is so smart that they think that they are the only ones that should control us the citizens, from the cradle to the grave, and that we cannot take care of ourselves.

But do they really care for us or are they just worried most about our money?

The government has many double standards! The biggest crap game in the whole world are the stock markets.

Stock markets of the world

More money has been stolen from the citizens of the world by playing the stock markets than could ever be won or lost playing a little poker online!

But the stock markets of the world use the money exchanges of the world to gamble billions every day.

Yes, there are problems with online gaming, but we can fix the online gaming rules to self protect ourselves. We do not need the government to take care of us We can do it ourselves.

This brings me back to greed and the control of our money. The government allows racetracks and online pari-mutuel betting, but they get a piece of that action from the tax.

The government allows the oldest racket in the world — the old mobster numbers game now called the lottery — but they not only get a piece — they get it all and only pay the interest on the money to the winners.

The greed of the government is so great that it realizes that there is only so much money that the citizens have to gamble with the governments of the world want to control where we the citizens bet our money! And those are places where they can get a piece of the action.

OK-J Poker Tip of the Week

Carol, Oklahoma Sarah and I will be out at the Gold Coast poker room this Friday at 6 p.m. to play in their annual Beat the Pros poker extravaganza, hosted by poker room manager Tagg.

I hope to see a lot of old friends and make some new ones as we play a few hands with you folks in this exciting poker happening. There will be a bounty on our heads so you can cash in if you cash us out!

Poker players of the United States of America, we are strong and we have the power of the vote.

It has been said that "It is better to light one little candle than to cuss the darkness."

Let’s light a candle and show the politico’s the way. Before you vote for any politician at any level ask them, "Do you think I should be allowed to play low limit poker online?"

If he does not answer a quick assurance that you have that right, don’t support them with your money or your vote.

I am working on a new Poker Players Bill of Rights. Please, send me your thoughts on what you think should be included at [email protected]

Until next time remember to stay lucky.