April 23, 2011
Craig Rondinone, Bleacher Report
The United States Misses the Mark with Online Poker
Most other countries have no such problem with poker, so their citizens are still free to play at the sites that have prohibited Americans from playing.
Politicians will tell you that they want to put a dent in the United States’ astronomical debt. But if that was truly the case, why not legalize online poker and rake in millions and billions in tax revenue from it?
Politicians will tell you that they want to create more jobs and cut down on unemployment. But if that were truly the case, why put millions of professional online poker players out of work? Now you are adding to the unemployment problem, as these card sharks will look for regular jobs.
For those who prefer to keep playing poker as their full-time job, now you are chasing them away to other countries where online poker is legal, so having Americans flock to other countries does not do our economy any good.
And what about the other people employed because of the poker? Poker writers, poker magazine editors, poker television producers, poker merchandisers, etc.
Now many of them will be out of work as poker-related businesses will surely slice their payroll in the wake of this financial fiasco.