Online Poker – Greed Overrides Right and Wrong
Land-based casinos in California oppose the regulation of online poker. They are afraid of losing revenue; they say this openly.
The main argument of their opponents, the Regulators, goes along the same lines: âRegulated online poker will bring in cash.â
My reply to both sides would be: âSo what?!â
Itâs not about your revenue
The question whether online poker should be legal or not cannot possibly be reduced to a matter of revenue.
Legal matters are about right and wrong, right? If you want to prohibit online poker, you need to show that itâs wrong.
This is difficult, since millions of people love the fine old game called poker.
To some people, Iâm sure poker is wrong. Or any card game. Or any game. Or anything thatâs even close to entertaining.
Well, let me tell you: To me, youâre wrong. Youâre illegitimately trying to restrict other peopleâs freedom.
Whatâs with the old freedoms?
Your arguments are egotistical and uninformed. You donât respect other peopleâs right to pursue whatever activity they like, as long as theyâre not hurting others.
With your neglect of the basic freedoms, youâre forcing a fine, fine game back into the sleazy backrooms from which it recently managed to get out.
Please just fold your hand, will you? Stand up from the game? Leave the room?
On a side note, what gives people the right to call non-US operators illegal? They may be perfectly legal and well-run businesses in the legislation where they reside. Which may be in Europe just as well as in some lawless banana republic. Being off-shore is not illegal per se, you know.