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April 12, 2011, 11:27:59 PM
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AP: DC to offer Internet gambling, becomes first in US

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The District of Columbia is becoming the first U.S. jurisdiction to allow Internet gambling, trying to raise millions of dollars from the habits of online poker buffs and acting ahead of traditional gambling meccas like New Jersey and Nevada.
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April 13, 2011, 05:52:30 AM
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Do our politicians have dissociative identity disorder or is robbing people at gunpoint not a lucrative enough enterprise?
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April 13, 2011, 06:47:11 AM
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Do our politicians have dissociative identity disorder or is robbing people at gunpoint not a lucrative enough enterprise?

They want everything even your very soul.
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April 13, 2011, 11:29:02 AM
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The elites in congress and the rest of DC get to legally play online poker now, but they still have the gall to try to prevent the rest of us from doing what we wish with our own money in the privacy of our homes?

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April 13, 2011, 11:43:13 AM
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The elites in congress and the rest of DC get to legally play online poker now, but they still have the gall to try to prevent the rest of us from doing what we wish with our own money in the privacy of our homes?

More likely some politicians kids got caught playing illegal poker so they legalise it meaning their kid wont go to jail.

or something....
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April 13, 2011, 12:13:49 PM
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The elites in congress and the rest of DC get to legally play online poker now, but they still have the gall to try to prevent the rest of us from doing what we wish with our own money in the privacy of our homes?

More likely some politicians kids got caught playing illegal poker so they legalise it meaning their kid wont go to jail.

or something....

It was never illegal in most states anyways, and definitely not at the federal level; however, the DOJ treats it as if it's illegal although they have never gone after individual players and do not consider individual players to be breaking the law.

This specific DC ruling came about because of some clause in some budget item that if they didn't renew something or take action on something, online poker would become legal.  I don't remember the specifics at the moment, but I'm sure it's in every article discussing the new legal status.

Speaking of which, here's a congressman's son playing poker and making an ass out of himself:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOoSGR_1qSk

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April 13, 2011, 01:26:05 PM
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From what I understood, online gambling was not illegal in any state, but it was illegal to use credit cards to cash out your winnings. This restriction was slipped into, where else, the "Safe Harbor Act of 2006."

If DC allows this I wonder how they expect people to cash out their winnings.

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April 13, 2011, 01:32:23 PM
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From what I understood, online gambling was not illegal in any state, but it was illegal to use credit cards to cash out your winnings. This restriction was slipped into, where else, the "Safe Harbor Act of 2006."

If DC allows this I wonder how they expect people to cash out their winnings.

Almost.

The UIGEA, slipped into that safe harbor act, made it illegal for BANKS to allow DEPOSITS to online gambling websites that were ALREADY ILLEGAL.  It also expressely ALLOWED WITHDRAWALS from online gambling sites in any form.  As online poker wasn't illegal, it should not have been affected, and withdrawals definitely should not have been affected.

However, withdrawals and online poker sites were easy targets to pick on because no one who handled the money was going to be dumb enough to show up in a US Federal court (Is it >95% conviction rate there?); so the DOJ started seizing player withdrawals.

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