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1/14/2009 1:22 AM    
repeal UIGEA and regulate the industry!!

1/14/2009 1:35 AM    

1/14/2009 1:59 AM    
This is win/win, the government can stop attempting to limit the freedoms of americans to spend their time and money as they please, and in return gain billions per year in tax revenue.

Even if you are against poker, no one is forcing you to play, but you will benefit from the taxes collected from those who do.

Poker is a skill game that is NOT played against the house, so there are also many skilled americans who earn additional income from it and the government should not be trying to take that away.

We have to realize that gambling is never going away, and we must also realize that it is better to regulate it than to prohibit it (because prohibitions do not work).

1/14/2009 2:03 AM    
Well put dboy, good post

Captain Funkbox
1/14/2009 3:03 AM    
our government promotes too many of its own gambling programs (some of which can actually be played online) to have any business telling me that i can't or shouldn't play poker.

1/14/2009 3:03 AM    
Online poker is  clearly legal for poker players in all western democracies EXCEPT AMERICA.  In America, you can gamble millions in a casino on a roulette wheel or slot machine , but you can't play  a game of skill such as poker for pennies on the internet.  This  is nonsense.

Online poker is a huge industry that has been pushed overseas by a lack of foresight by the Bush administration.  This has led to unregulated site operators and a massive loss of tax revenue to the US government.   We should tax and regulate it, and allow Americans to enjoy the same freedoms as the citizens of every other western democracy.

1/14/2009 3:27 AM    
The comments made thus far are spot on.

1/14/2009 3:29 AM    
It's not often you get a chance to preserve individual freedom and make massive amounts of money at the same time.  Take advantage as soon as possible!

1/14/2009 3:58 AM    
It would be madness for the Obama administration to ignore this issue.  Thanks to the current legal environment, hundreds of thousands of Americans play on offshore, unregulated sites, some of which have clearly mistreated or even cheated their players.  Let's bring online poker back into the light.

There may also be some good opportunities for the government to take maney here, and with the deficit forecast looking like it is, any new revenue stream should be considered.

1/14/2009 4:03 AM    
JoeF has it right, lets tax and regulate this!

Horatio Bunce
1/14/2009 4:47 AM    
It's ridiculous that government has interfered with my right to play poker on the internet. It makes me sick to my stomach that this kind of ignorance and tyranny can happen in the U.S.A. Let's make this a country that we can all love and be proud of again. One good place to start is to completely legalize online poker.

1/14/2009 4:56 AM    
Poker is a game of skill - let us play!

1/14/2009 5:07 AM    
Very nice suggestion and I definitely stand behind it. I used to love online Poker, it IS a game of skill rather then luck.

Why is the Lottery Legal? The US Lottery IS A GAME OF LUCK, and therefor GAMBLING. But it is legal because the United States is making money off of it.

Seems very greedy and un-constitutional to me. Where did the Freedom go?

1/14/2009 5:08 AM    
WAKE UP! its time we take a stand. let us play and help with taxes, jobs, and so on. does the US know just how much money they are missing out on? buy a clue. (or can we even do that)?

1/14/2009 5:50 AM    
all poker should be legal.  hasn't Obama himself said he enjoys playing occasionally?

1/14/2009 5:52 AM    
Pretty easy for the US Government to regulate this, and make sure that all cashouts are TAXED.

1/14/2009 5:59 AM    
I value the freedom to do with my money as I please in my own home.  I would hope that people realize that poker is a skill based game and exempt it from UIGEA.

1/14/2009 6:00 AM    
we should be joining the world community and embracing technology.  This law was written by a bunch of old people who don't understand technology.  People are passionate about this and sometimes rude but it is the right thing to do to allow adults the right to do what they choose in their free time.  I am not just a voter.  I am a contributor.  I donated heavily to the Obama and Franken campaigns so we could move onto an agenda that allowed for personal freedoms again.

Don't let us down, there are millions of poker players worldwide that won't forget the person or group that repeals this law.

1/14/2009 6:06 AM    
Please repeal this senseless law and get america on the right track.

Broken Treaty
1/14/2009 6:07 AM    
American's are supposed to have the right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

My Life is spent working and raising and providing for my family.

Liberty and Freedom to choose, What I do with my life, given to me by those that sacrificed everything for this country and its people.

The Pursuit of Happiness, coming home from work, spending time with my family, relaxing and playing online poker!

I do everything asked of me by my Country, My taxes are paid every week, therefore I say make online poker legal for all of those like me that do what is asked of us.

1/14/2009 6:12 AM    
ridiculous law. must be changed.

1/14/2009 6:22 AM    
Poker is a game of skill and it is our right to be able to play poker.

1/14/2009 6:26 AM    
They hate us for our freedoms...

1/14/2009 6:28 AM    
A terrible law trying to strip us of our fundamental rights.

1/14/2009 6:32 AM    
Poker is a complete game of skill.  If this were not true why are the same top professionals constantly in the money?  Poker is not a slot machine, or craps table.  There is no house advantage

1/14/2009 6:45 AM    
States have lotto churchs have bingo let the people have poker please repel this law.

1/14/2009 6:52 AM    
We can all benefit from legalizing online poker

1/14/2009 6:52 AM    
Great comments so far!  While, admittedly, poker rights are not the highest priority for our country right now, this issue must absolutely be supported.  Indeed, the domesticization and explicit regulation of online poker would be a boon to our economy in these troubled times.

Poker CANNOT be treated the same way as other "gambling" activities, because it is fundamentally different.
- Note that the UIGEA does not actually affect poker at all, yet has made it considerably harder for Americans to play online due to implied threats from the Bush administration's DOJ and due to collateral damage from attacks on payment processors that fund both poker (which is legal under the law) and sports betting (clearly illegal gambling under the law).
- There are U.S.-based websites that let you play games that are completely equivalent to poker (bridge, hearts, etc... i.e. strategic multiplayer games that involve some component of luck) for money on the internet right now.  The only reason poker gets categorized as different from these games is its history of association with casinos, which is illogical, irrelevant, and cannot be the basis for written or implicit public policy.
- Poker is a financial contract entered into by two or more individual well-minded adults, not a contract between an individual and a business.  If I want to play poker with someone, I can go to (almost) any state in the union, meet up at their house, and play with them in the privacy of the home; online poker is simply a more efficient way of doing this.  
- This unique nature of poker among games perceived as "gambling" also makes it less likely to cause compulsive/problem gambling than games of pure luck, and the skills that strategic games such as poker teach are indeed very beneficial for its players and for society.

It is completely inconsistent that poker, in any form, would be prohibited while lotteries would be not only legal, but run and marketed by governments.

1/14/2009 7:03 AM    
America after this past 8 years is no longer the land of freedom, i cant believe that we have freedom to bear arms which results on thousands of people killed a year, and we cant play a harmless game of poker from the comfort of our own homes. The law should be updated to the current century where technology is changing and the government should keep up with it not block it.
History has proven that prohibition is bad, please undo the mistakes of past governments and regulate and tax online poker for the of much needed income that the country need in this dire times.

1/14/2009 7:06 AM    
Legalize online poker which is not "gambling" but a skill game , even a sport. Start a precedent for other country as well!

1/14/2009 7:07 AM    
give us our freedom back

1/14/2009 7:16 AM    
UIGMA is just plain terrible legislation passed in the late hours before recess of a house ready for vacation.  If you want to make it fair, abolish all state lotteries followed by all interstate online horse racing wagering.  I don't like the US government telling me what I can do in my own household while simultaneously promoting "games of complete ridiculous chance" at every turn.  These "games of chance" are serious regressive in nature & should be abolished.  Every state has a Department of Professional registration & 'Poker Pro" should be included in the list of licenses available for occupation.  This license would guarantee that minors are not playing just as they are not allowed to play in casinos/tracks or lottery stores.  What I see happening in Kentucky right now has been mocked by our country for years when China/Iran/Saudi Arabia block Internet content; this just breaks my heart.

1/14/2009 7:21 AM    
Shed some light on this grey overseas industry by regulating and taxing online gaming.  Right now, the United States can not successfully ban, monitor or tax revenues generated by online gaming with the UIGEA in place.

Instead of trying to force online gaming into the realm of the illegal, we should be legalizing it and regulating it.

More U.S. jobs would be created.

Current offshore sites woudn't be able to compete with the United States since the online gaming industry is something that actually WELCOMES regulation.  It provides creditablity which draws customers to the site.

Most of the states in the United States already have some sort of legalized gambling as is, barring someone from placing a wager online but allowing the same person to gamble at a brick and mortar casino makes no sense.  Why is one act OK and the other not?

If you hide behind the idea that the UIGEA in needed to protect minors from a loophole to gamble, that idea holds now weight what so ever.  Under the current conditions, it is EASY for a minor to place money onto one of these offshore sites and gamble.  Turning a blind eye by trying to ban online gaming won't prohibit any determined indivual from finding a way to gamble via the internet.  You don't have to take my word for it, there have been studies that support this.

Regulation of the industry on the other hand works well for all sides.  Customers finally get a regulated and reliable choice of websites.  The United States now can create jobs within the United States from the creation of a few jobs within the gaming sites and also software development jobs, security jobs not to mention a few federally created jobs that would need to oversee the industry and could work with developers and websites to ensure that customers participating in this industry are doing so legally and intelligently [1], just like they would at a casino or sports book or race track or any of the other already legalized forms of gambling already here in the United States.

Also, by allowing onine gaming in the United States, the country wouldn't face free trade accusations from the WTO and instead of paying fines for such charges, money would be created and generated.

And if all else fails, I guess I could use the standard "This is an infringement on my rights as an American Citizen" arguement as well, but I'm sure there is already a few of those and more to follow.

[1] On June 8, 2007, the House Financial Services Committee, chaired by Barney Frank, held a hearing entitled, "Can Internet Gambling Be Effectively Regulated to Protect Consumers and the Payments System?".[20] Expert witnesses at the hearing testified that Internet gambling can be effectively regulated for age verification, money laundering issues, facilitation of state and federal tax collection, and for issues relating to compulsive gambling.

1/14/2009 7:21 AM    
We know you can do it Obama.  I BELIEVE

1/14/2009 7:24 AM    
I voted. We need the UIGEA overturned. It is not fair to millions of citizens who rely on internet poker to pay their mortgage, put food on the table for their kids, and use it as a means to live.

I  voted!

1/14/2009 7:24 AM    
A lot of good, insightful, and rational comments have already been posted.  I don't have much to add, but I want to sign this, as I support the arguments above and I want to see this happen.

1/14/2009 7:29 AM    
well put dboy

Vlad V.
1/14/2009 7:37 AM    
Stop wasting our bank's time and money on regulating transactions. Regulate Poker in the U.S. It will be as profitable as Lotteries, Horse/dog racing, and slots i promise.  Poker Stars and FTP make billions, and most players don't report their earnings. If we could tax that, imagine the benefits our country would get !

1/14/2009 7:41 AM    
Overturn the UIGEA!

1/14/2009 7:46 AM    
I can get in my car and in less than an hour play poker in any one of about six (6) brick and mortar cardrooms. What kind of logic is behind not letting me do the same thing from home? UIGEA is embarrassing and needs to go away.

Legalize, regulate, and tax online poker.

1/14/2009 7:50 AM    
I completely agree with this.  The UIGEA was passed in the dead of night without any real review.  It should never have been on the books to begin with.  Now it is limiting American's freedom and putting a strain on our already failing banking system.

Legalizing internet poker will bring millions upon millions of dollars into the US economy.  We need this now more than ever.

1/14/2009 8:02 AM    
While I don't play online poker much (I do occasionally for very small stakes), I REALLY do not like the idea of the governent telling grown people what they can and cannot do for their leisure.  Start taking care/correcting  the more pressing issues.  

1/14/2009 8:02 AM    
do it

1/14/2009 8:21 AM    
This bill doesnt make playing online poker illegal, it only makes banks, credit card companies and other finanical instutitions carry the burden for the social conservatives' attempt to outlaw any form of gambling. The fact is if they could they would make a move on the brick and motar cardrooms too. Please repeal this, as it infringes on my rights as a U.S. citizen. I play online regularly, and know of many players that play for a living and don't pay taxes on their winnings. It's easy to make at least minium wage even at the lowest stakes, so I'd imagine that taxing cashouts would add BILLIONS to the goverenment coffers.

1/14/2009 8:29 AM    
The government should not tell adults if they are allowed to spend time at their home playing skill games like poker. And the religious views of some on the issue should not be imposed toall of us via government.

1/14/2009 8:33 AM    
It has already been said but it's simply win/win for everybody involved.  People who partake in this hobby will enjoy doing it in and easier and safer environment and the government should be happy to regulate a multi billion dollar industry that caters to many US citizens.

1/14/2009 8:41 AM    
Stop the hypocrisy. Legalize online poker.

1/14/2009 8:46 AM    
Online Poker is a game of skill.  It should be regulated and taxed to raise.

This will help keep the games legitimate and in full view of a regulatory board and it will also provide revenue to the US government.

Currently billions of $ each year go to foreign governments and this could be taxed by the US government if it is was regulated industry.

It will be impossible to completely shut down online poker.  Prohibition doesn't work.  Regulation is the correct path.

1/14/2009 8:46 AM    
100% of my income is from online poker, I pay taxes on all of it, and I'm tired of banks being forced to treat me like a criminal because of this vague, pointless law.  Forcing Americans to jump through hoops to play the most American of card games makes as much sense as requiring all apple pies to be imported China.

1/14/2009 8:49 AM    
Legalize online poker right now! It is a game of skill that people enjoy playing all over the country! It's obsurd that we cannot have that right as americans! God Bless!

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1/14/2009 8:51 AM    
1 time dealer, 1 time!

1/14/2009 8:52 AM    
It's my money and I have a right to do with it what I want to do.

Currently they will spend billions prosecuting people for playing an American game.

It would be better to receive millions in taxes from those billions that are spent at internet poker sites.

Sean G
1/14/2009 8:55 AM    
It only makes sense to legalize and start regulating and taxing something that Americans want to do and will do regardless of the UIGEA or not.  If America is looking for new sources of tax revenue to help stimulate underfunded public administrations like schools and police, then this solution of legalizing and regulating/taxing online games of skill seems like a logical 21st century step in the right direction

1/14/2009 8:57 AM    

1/14/2009 9:04 AM    
Poker is a game of skill, let's get out of the dark ages and regulate/tax this growing industry like other countries have done.

1/14/2009 9:10 AM    
Poker is a skill game!!! Americans can do what they please with their money...... Bring America Back!!!!!

1/14/2009 9:10 AM    
Please barack help the people one time, government limiting freedoms is not what the founding fathers had in mind and neither should the government have that in mind.  Also, by legalizing it you will bring much more security to the industry, instead of letting offshore companies take all of the United States poker profit because people will still play, even if it is illegal.  

Naperville Mike
1/14/2009 9:14 AM    
Allow legitimate AMERICAN businesses, not SHADY OFFSHORE operations run the sites.

1/14/2009 9:16 AM    
Poker is almost a USA institution and a known part of American heritage! Let American's Play.. even pay taxes on winnings... but let them play!

1/14/2009 9:18 AM    
please let me live free in my own home.  no one is being hurt by my activities.  i thought that is what republicans stood for until the jesus freaks took control.

Seth Y
1/14/2009 9:19 AM    
Looking forward to seeing this administration continue with their policy of progression and accepting that the internet exists.

1/14/2009 9:19 AM    

1/14/2009 9:32 AM    
Looking thru the list here I see some good ideas. But how are you going to play for them? well, some extra taxable income might help. Say from, on-line gambleing?

1/14/2009 9:33 AM    
I 100% agree with legalizing online poker with it being regulated and taxed. It would mean billions of  dollars to the United States vs it going off shore.

1/14/2009 9:35 AM    
Hope this is revisited in the new administration.  Don't let those unaffected by this issue prohibit poker for those of us that are afffected and well informed.

Downriver Rick
1/14/2009 9:39 AM    
At a time when Washington should be looking for new revenue streams, regulating Online Poker or the complete repeal of the UIGEA seems to be a no-brainer.  Online Poker is a $6 Billion a year industry, it makes no sense to let that money continue to go offshore.

1/14/2009 9:40 AM    
UIGEA was passed underhandedly by attaching it to the Ports Security bill in the last hour.  Not the way our elected officials should be working for us.  A minority of of our elected officials bolster their personal agenda in the backroom by using their underhanded methods.  

REPEAL UIGEA and allow Americans to play poker like the rest of the world.

1/14/2009 9:42 AM    
Playing poker is not a crime, by repealing the UIGEA act, reputable organizations like Harrah's could make their own online site which could be based within U.S land, and strongly regulated. Many players are professional and rely on this as their main income, when you take that away from them they no longer could provide for themselves within this country, and would likely leave to another. Online poker should be legal and regulated strongly by American institutions.

1/14/2009 9:43 AM    
Ship the 10 crucial points.

1/14/2009 9:46 AM    
Legalize it, play it, love it.

1/14/2009 9:49 AM    
+10, movin' on up!

1/14/2009 9:52 AM    

1/14/2009 10:03 AM    
Repeal this fascist legislation now! I work hard to be a contributing member of society. It sickens me that the government is ok with it if I blow my entire paycheck on lottery tickets or horse racing but it is a bad thing for me to play a poker tournament at home with my family. This is not what America is all about and the US Government is missing out on billions in revenue by continuing to let the profits of online poker be enjoyed by a few wealthy individuals instead of using it as an avenue to help pull us out of the financial freefall we experienced under the former administration.

1/14/2009 10:08 AM    
Repeal the UIGEA.

Andrew Song
1/14/2009 10:11 AM    

1/14/2009 10:15 AM    
Let's make it legal to play poker online!  I report my poker income on my 1040, even though it is "illegal", because I make money playing and I want to pay my taxes on it.  Lotteries are purely luck and chance, and they are legitimate in most states.  There is nothing shady or criminal about playing poker; otherwise, they would be arresting many winners of the WSOP for earning their entries in "illegal" online tournaments.  If your state allows poker rooms, it should also allow online poker rooms.

1/14/2009 10:15 AM    
Won't please someone please think of the children.

Writer Boy
1/14/2009 10:15 AM    
Some of my best friends are poker players.  Let them play poker online and maybe add to the country's and states' treasury before it goes over the cliff.  By legalizing online poker, maybe we can take a small step toward forgetting about the utter inepitude of the Bush Administration.

1/14/2009 10:17 AM    
make it legal, we'll pay taxes, you'll make money, win win

1/14/2009 10:18 AM    
Repeal the UIGEA, regulate the industry and let our country benefit from the tax dollars.

1/14/2009 10:19 AM    
We know you play online poker Mr. President elect. Rip this bill up please.

1/14/2009 10:21 AM    
lol donkaments.

1/14/2009 10:23 AM    
The fact that most of the other top 10 (with the possible exception of the trains, which I agree with as well) have legitimate arguments against them in the comments section and this one doesn't even have one negative comment sorta says something imo. There aren't very many logical arguments for the UIGEA, maybe why they had to sneak it into the Port Security Act. Please show us that in the new administration logic and critical thinking will prevail over out-dated prejudices and the morality of others.

1/14/2009 10:26 AM    
Terrible law. Please change it.

1/14/2009 10:29 AM    
This should happen in the first 100 days.  Billions of new money for the government and freedom for all poker players.

1/14/2009 10:29 AM    

1/14/2009 10:30 AM    
Stop imposing stupid unlawful bans please and concentrate on regulating and helping the poker economy help the US. And then focus on more important issues that actually help society and not take away the fewer and fewer liberties we have

1/14/2009 10:30 AM    
"100% of my income is from online poker, I pay taxes on all of it, and I'm tired of banks being forced to treat me like a criminal because of this vague, pointless law.  Forcing Americans to jump through hoops to play the most American of card games makes as much sense as requiring all apple pies to be imported China.  "

1/14/2009 10:32 AM    
Legalize and regulate online poker!

1/14/2009 10:32 AM    
I find it funny how the UnitedStates government thinks it appropritate to restrict online Poker, a game of skill, and yet they allow wall street brokers to day trade on stocks and currencies. I mean seriously how many people have lost money/ been scammed day trading on the Forex market? We shouldn't sit aside while the Government discriminates against Poker and prevent the millions of people who love the game from playing Online.

Earl Gunner
1/14/2009 10:33 AM    
Please repeal the UIGEA .

1/14/2009 10:35 AM    
I would like the Obama administration to get this done, and then raise my taxes (hoping to make > $250k) so that I can contribute more to rebuilding our nation. Seriously - I want to pay more taxes (I already pay taxes on poker winnings, FWIW, but not nearly enough).

1/14/2009 10:36 AM    
the gov can make so much money off online poker. Please legalize and regulate online poker!!

1/14/2009 10:36 AM    
The UIGEA is tantamount to Prohibition and we all know how that turned out.  The real fact is that this is another attempt of the few to control the rights of the many.  Legalizing and taxing the online poker industry would provide significant cash flow to our economy.  Poker has been around in some form for over 200 years even in Puritan America.

1/14/2009 10:39 AM    
Regulate and Tax  please

1/14/2009 10:42 AM    
Legalize and Regulate Online Poker.... Please Repeal the UIGEA.  

1/14/2009 10:43 AM    
Adults should be allowed to play poker from the comfort and safety of home.  If I can be sent to Iraq to fight and die for our country, then I better be able to play a card game over the internet.

The additional tax revenue this would create would also really help boost our economy in these hard times.  People are going to play internet poker regardless of what the government says.

Regulation, not prohibition is the answer.  We all saw how well the 18th amendment worked out.

Concerned Citizen 2
1/14/2009 10:43 AM    

1. Repeal the unconstitutional UIGEA.
2. Regulate online poker.
3. Tax withdrawls from online poker no different than other regular income.
4. Bring America up to speed with the rest of the world.

Pretty simple, so if this administration is really about change, then get this done and reap the monetary windfall.

Chris S
1/14/2009 10:47 AM    
There is nothing wrong with citizens doing what they want with their money. Poker is a game of skill and taking the time to learn and master can be profitable. In addition it helps the economy greatly if regulated and taxed properly. Please dont remove more of our rights as citizens of this great country, regulate it and let us work together to bring about a change that will benefit everyone.

1/14/2009 10:47 AM    

1/14/2009 10:47 AM    
I Agree with these comments.

1/14/2009 10:48 AM    
Legalize/regular online poker!

1/14/2009 10:50 AM    
regulate online poker and let us decide if we want to play poker or not.  This is America, aren't we free to do what we want in our own home/internet?  

1/14/2009 10:51 AM    
Please find a cost effective way to regulate and tax internet poker.

1/14/2009 10:53 AM    
I agree with all of the above.  It is a game of skill, it is a personal freedom to be able to play it, the gambling laws are uneven and hypocritical, and online poker is a valuable revenue stream to the US which is currently being driven overseas.  Legalize, regulate, and tax online poker, please.  Yes we can!

1/14/2009 10:54 AM    
Legalize/regulate online poker please.

1/14/2009 10:55 AM    
No one or no entity should tell me how to spend my disposible income.  Period.

1/14/2009 10:56 AM    
"they hate us for our freedoms"

oh wait

1/14/2009 10:56 AM    
The government should have no say in what I can do with my own money.

1/14/2009 10:56 AM    

This is a no-brainer win-win for the citizens of the U.S. The players would be allowed to freely play the skill-based game they love and the money would go into our economy and not some foreign state. It would also protect players from fraud and scams.

1/14/2009 10:58 AM    
Online poker is already legal. Lets not give the impression here that it isn't. Its the banking regulations that are the problem and that need to be overturned. What we don't need is the government regulatating/taxing internet poker-- that would be horrible.

1/14/2009 10:59 AM    
Game of skill as many have said. great opportunity for people to make a living!

Also Barack,

make people love your country because it's not as bad as most make it look.

1/14/2009 11:03 AM    

1/14/2009 11:04 AM    
People should be aware that online scratch it tickets are legal to buy and play; while at the same time online poker is made illegal because it is a game of 'chance.' The same can be said for horse racing which is legal to bet online. We see the same players win World Series bracelets every year and consistently hear about young internet players working their way from playing with quarters to playing with dimes (that's $1000 chips to the average public). These acheivements are due to the fact that poker, online or not, is a game of skill. I'm not saying that these other types of gambling should be outlawed, but it is clear that these things are legal and poker illegal not for the reasons being stated. If the issue was problem gambling, then gambling would be outlawed. It's another case of lobbyists dictating the legislative branch of this country. Horse Racing and the other untouched gambling had lobbyists to keep their businesses intact, and Las Vegas and other live poker games had lobbyists to force out online poker and force people into casinos. This is how your congressman and senators choose to spend their on the clock time and your taxpayer money, helping out the people who gave them money, at the cost of limiting freedoms to the same people they claim to be fighting for.  That's wrong and it's not what you're sending almost a third of your income to support.

Vote for this issue not only because you like not being told what you can and can't do by Washington; but also because you're tired of money running this country.

1/14/2009 11:08 AM    
Online poker is relatively new, but it is here to stay. It is growing enormously overseas in many countries where it is taxed and regulated by their governments. The US should have led the way in this, but it's not too late. Repeal the UIGEA and regulate the industry.

If you want to ban gambling, take a look at bingo, state lotteries, horse racing, etc. That's gambling. Poker is more like legal activities such as day trading, except as we know now poker is more of a skill game that playing the stock market, and there is zero chance that playing poker online will almost destroy the world economy, unlike some other "legal" activities that were also sorely lacking in government regulation and oversight.

No thanks to you Mr. Bush.

1/14/2009 11:13 AM    
I understand that there are many important issues facing the new administration, but it worries me that the issue of online poker parallels so closely the issue of Prohibition during the 1920's and 30's.  Poker is a popular pastime around the world, and in a modern age "Temperance Movement" is being vilified by anti-gambling groups.

Of course I do not not want children playing poker on line, and of course I want to make sure poeple with gambling problems and potential gambling problems have the support systems that they need, the same way I oppose children drinking alcohol, and want help available to alcoholics.

Poker is my hobby.  For a time it was my "second job".  I've made money playing poker, and I've payed taxed on my winnings.  I enjoy the game in moderation.  I enjoy the chance to compete. I enjoy the people that I have met through poker.

Online poker needs to be allowed and regulated.  I remember an interview on 60 Minutes (not the most recent online poker story, but the one a few years ago) when the interviewed the head of Paradise Poker,at the time one of the largest, most well-established online poker rooms, and he welcomed US poker regulation.  I belive that the large online poker rooms would accept being taxed, if it meant there were policies and safegaurds in place to protect both the business and the consumer.

Please give me my hobby back.  We all know that the current anti-online poker legislation was snuck into law, and is vague and poorly written.  Let there be a debate. Let anti-gambling groups voice their concerns, but also let poker players respond.  Please fix this attack on my civil liberties, and my right to choose how I like to enjoy my Sunday afternoons.  Please undo the damage that has been done by the previous administration.
Thank you.

1/14/2009 11:17 AM    
land of the free? not until this dumb law is thrown out. lets go government. what r u waiting for? legalize online poker.

1/14/2009 11:22 AM    
I wanted to sign this and add some comments in addition to my vote.  I contributed heavily to the Obama campaign as well.  I play Poker as a hobby online right now, but with a goal of making a serious part time income in the future.

There's no reason that the federal government, which is in such economic trouble at the moment, shouldn't benefit from taxing and regulating this business to the tune of heavy millions or even billions once it's easy for anyone to play.

Not to mention all the extra income and jobs, both for the poker player, and for the regulation and support industries that could be generated from more people playing online.  How much more money could be made by US companies like Harrah's and others if they started a legal online site?

The game is growing rapidly accross the globe, we started it in the US, yet we're one of the few countries not actually benefiting from it in the form of regulation and taxation.  It's mindboggling that the Bush administration hobbled this stream of income in its infancy whereas other countries are embracing it.

Finally, think about the land of the free being one of the few countries to limit a hobby and a great strategic game someone wants to play in their own home.  We don't prohibit people from playing chess online, why poker?

Lets do right by this game, the people that play it and support it, and help boost our economy at the same time!  Win Win situation!

1/14/2009 11:26 AM    
Did our government not learn anything from prohibition?  If they did, this issue would have been corrected a long time ago.  Leave it to the Religious Right to enforce their morals on everybody else.

1/14/2009 11:32 AM    


1/14/2009 11:35 AM    
Legalize it now! Make money! Win/win!

1/14/2009 11:40 AM    
This is a game of skill absolutely. It took me months to figure out how to sucessfully play this game and you don't just play your cards. This game is about math, theory, psychology--all which form a smart poker player.

1/14/2009 11:44 AM    
I don't play poker...never have...never will...

BUT... I emphatically support those who do play in casinos and on-line. The revenue, taxes etc are good for the country and those playing on line are in many cases business people providing entertainment and a challenge of skill to the participants. There is simply nothing wrong with this.

If our government wants to do something good for the public, start by outlawing credit card companies (the finacial mafia) from charging 25-30% rates to people who can least afford it.

How about outlawing all the drug commercials creating fears in the minds of the public about their well being and telling them their drug will fix it...this is incredibly unethical...if a peron has a problem they need to discuss it with their MD and let the MD advise them on the proper treatment.



1/14/2009 11:46 AM    
Someone explain to me how the best way to help underage and problem gamblers is to push them underground, and to waste everyone else's time and resources doing so. The alternative, of course, is to legalize, regulate, and tax online poker. That options allows us to take a closer look at the industry itself, which allows us to more intimately police it and impose fines and restrictions. It also allows us to profit from the vice, which can be used to fund programs and initiatives to help problem gamblers and prevent underage usage, all while bolstering our ecomony and helping society in other ways, beyond poker.

I just REALLY don't get it.

1/14/2009 11:47 AM    
In the "land of the free", people should be allowed to play online card games and decide what they want to do with their own money.

1/14/2009 11:47 AM    
Legalize online poker!  Where else can the gov. gain new revenue?
For one small sector it's a lot of untapped possible tax money.
Legalize, regulate, and tax online poker

1/14/2009 11:51 AM    
i have trouble understanding how online poker is more important to you people then kids deing from cancer??????
Jim Perry

1/14/2009 11:59 AM    
bank bailouts......
auto industry bailout.......
economic stimulous package........

sounds pretty doggone expensive !!!
anybody here have any ideas about where we could get some money to pay for all of this?

1/14/2009 12:01 PM    
Poker is a great game of skill, and there is some luck involved..

i believe if u go along with it, the taxes on winnings and the amount of online players it be a great way to help fix the economy

6th Wilbury
1/14/2009 12:02 PM    
Imposing the morality of one individual or a small group of individuals upon an entire society is, shall we say, not the American way. Poker is an activity that does not inflict harm upon others, does not restrict the basic human rights of any citizen. It should not be prohibited, especially not to serve the personal agenda of those who have a moral objection to it.

Let's learn a lesson from history. The Volstead Act was a failure and a mistake that we later corrected. The UIEGA will be judged in the same way for the same reasons.

1/14/2009 12:03 PM    
We want our freedom back!!!

1/14/2009 12:03 PM    

1/14/2009 12:04 PM    
Online Poker is a game of skill! Please tax our winnings and let us play in the United States!

1/14/2009 12:04 PM    
Please don't fold on this issue! We need to be able to enjoy online poker.

1/14/2009 12:04 PM    
I can attest to the high skill level of poker in its many forms, and agree with previous posters that the repeal of the UIGEA and regulation of this industry is the correct path.  

1/14/2009 12:07 PM    
Spent three months and thousands of hours interning for the campaign. Made tens of thousands of phone calls, knocked on thousands of doors, trained thousands of volunteers...

Poker and the reversal of UIGEA is my No. 1 issue.

Get er' done.

1/14/2009 12:09 PM    
Jim Perry, with all due respect increasing federal funding is not guaranteed to have any effect on death from cancer. A repeal of the UIGEA is 100% going to raise federal funds and allow us the freedom to spend our own money the way we want to. So yes, if you want to put it this way repealing the UIGEA is more important to me than having the government allocate more funds for kids dying from cancer. From the statistics of the author of this issue on this site, a kid has a 0.333% of having cancer. In addition, I and I'm sure many others here donate to charities to help kids with cancer (I contribute a decent amount of money, all derived from poker in fact, to St. Jude's childrens hospital) and no one is saying it's not important. But in my opinion bringing to Obama's attention the rights of every American to spend their own money the way they choose is more important than bringing to Obama's attention something that private institutions already spend a ton of money on and is already no doubt on Obama's radar.

1/14/2009 12:10 PM    

Let my people( AK KQ KJ AA QQ and 72o) go!  We want to play

King James
1/14/2009 12:12 PM    
Folks, I'm going to play regardless of what 'law' says I 'can' or 'cannot.'  There are many other dedicated players of my exact mindset.  So you might as well just legitimize it imo.

1/14/2009 12:16 PM    

hot dog
1/14/2009 12:16 PM    
the law doesn't say u can't, the DOJ just thinks you can't

Mike A
1/14/2009 12:16 PM    
President Obama,

Please do not take away my vitality.

Mike Arnhold

1/14/2009 12:19 PM    
Online poker should not be a crime. Poker is a game enjoyed by millions, including presidents!

1/14/2009 12:19 PM    
legalize if nothing more for the tax revenue

1/14/2009 12:20 PM    
ship one time

1/14/2009 12:23 PM    
This horrible bill, The UIGEA, was ridered onto a must-pass port security bill at the last minute without committee or floor review, an underhanded tactic by a member of a radical religious group who seeks to make our country into a taliban-like state.

I know this is not at the top of the priorities list with the economy and national security. Please, Mr. Obama, give thought to the damages done to our civil liberties by the last administration and work to repeal this nebulous and ill-thought out bill.  We should be working to unite this great Country, not splinter it into religious factions as evidenced by the Middle East.

1/14/2009 12:24 PM    
So many of these comments are right on the mark.

The UIGEA goes against the fundamental principals that are the underpinnings of this great country.

Such legislation moves us in a dangerous direction, and it should be a priority of right-minded politicians to defeat such attempts to limit our rights and freedoms.  It's a slippery slope.

Explain how states can endorse ridiculous lotteries that pay out only 50 cents on the dollar, but are against a skill-based game like poker.  It is so hipocritical and a glaring example of how money and lobbyist have such a stranglehold on Washington.

1/14/2009 12:25 PM    
With so many online poker pros being single issue voters....I hope Obama realizes this and helps us out in return for what we did for him.

1/14/2009 12:27 PM    
UIGEA is a horrible attack against our freedoms!

1/14/2009 12:28 PM    
And what about our young people? Does the author think for a moment that they won't be barraged with come-ons to  join in the fun?

1/14/2009 12:29 PM    
The UIGEA should not apply to poker, a game of skill.  Please allow us Americans the freedom others around the world enjoy (and profit from) regarding online poker.  

1/14/2009 12:35 PM    
let america be the land of the FREE!!!!!!!!

1/14/2009 12:35 PM    
let america be the land of the FREE!!!!!!!!

1/14/2009 12:37 PM    
It might not be for all, and some may use it irresponsibly, but just like our right to bear arms which some unfortunately misuse, our right to spend our money as we please should not be controlled by the governmnet.

1/14/2009 12:37 PM    
Why is the government telling us where we can and cannot spend our entertainment dollar?

Regulate online poker, renew freedom!

1/14/2009 12:39 PM    
Agree with everything said, overturn this ridiculous law and give us our freedoms to be able to wager our hard earned money however way we would like.

Jeffrey K
1/14/2009 12:40 PM    
Enough is enough.  This law is un-American and the government is costing itself a lot of money.  

1/14/2009 12:41 PM    
Online poker is in no way or form gambling. It's a game that requires skill. Please legalize it.

1/14/2009 12:42 PM    
This issue is all about liberty and freedom.

1/14/2009 12:43 PM    
Let each state tax and regulate online poker.  Currently in Kentucky there is $400+ million state budget shortfall that could be recouped through taxes from online poker.  Let's regulate it and bring forth change!

1/14/2009 12:45 PM    
In addition to  the increased tax revenue, one main benefit is the increase in jobs!  The need to regulate this newly legal industry will create the need for the government to hirer people to monitor the industry.  A huge point of Obama's campaign

1/14/2009 12:46 PM    
Tax and regulate  Legal Online Poker rooms. Imagine playing at Harrah's World Series of Poker online Poker, or Ceasar's Palace Online Poker.

1/14/2009 12:46 PM    
Please start addressing issues of national concern rather than special interest groups' "whim of the day." Regulate online it now...and move on to more pressing issues.

1/14/2009 12:50 PM    

Mysterious Traveller
1/14/2009 12:51 PM    
Can we get an admin to get rid of this ridiculous "question"?

1/14/2009 12:51 PM    

You're the "One" so get it done.  Think of the tax revenue.                      

1/14/2009 12:51 PM    
Let's face it - the monstrous casinos across the nation are not built because they're giving away money!!! The only medium they can't guarantee tightly controlled odds at is at the tables. Given an online medium, they can control every aspect of the game - just the way they want it.

1/14/2009 12:52 PM    
Most of the important points on this issue have been made by recent contributors.  I thank you all for voicing these concerns, and I thank the Obama administration for hearing them.  This is how government is supposed to work!  OK--back to business.  What bothers me the most about this law--apart from its futility, hypocrisy, paternalism, and just downright ignorance--is the way it was passed.  Even if you don't care about protecting personal freedoms; even if you don't care about respecting citizens as autonomous, rational persons; and even if you don't care about passing laws that actually make sense and benefit the country--you HAVE to care that a small minority of backwards-thinking legislators can get a law passed--without due examination, deliberation, and discussion--simply by tacking it onto the end of a must-pass bill just before congress goes into recess.  I don't know what's worse--that such shameful, scandalous law-making takes place, or that most Americans don't even notice it.  If for no other reason--and other reasons abound--this law should be repealed on democratic principle alone.  OK--that's my 2 cents.  Aloha!     

1/14/2009 12:52 PM    
If luck wasn't involved the UIGEA wouldn't stand a chance

1/14/2009 12:53 PM    

It is foolish to outlaw online gambling while legal casino gambling exists in nearly every state.

Tax it, regulate it, and the revenues flow in.

Ben Dover
1/14/2009 12:55 PM    
Bang on target kuri!

1/14/2009 12:57 PM    
"[Rep. Jim Leach] says that gambling on the Internet does not add to the GDP or make America competitive. Has it become the role of this Congress to prohibit any activity that an adult wants to engage in voluntarily if it doesn't add to the GDP or make us more competitive?
This Congress is well on the way to getting it absolutely backwards. In areas where we need to act together to protect the quality of our life, in the environment, in transportation, in public safety, we abstain; but in those areas where individuals ought to be allowed to make their own choices, we intervene. And that is what this is."
- Rep. Barney Frank on the UIGEA, Jul. 11, 2006

I'm sick of the Republican Party trying to push their moral agendas on my life and turn this country into a nanny state. President Obama, I voted for you so that we could end this type of thinking in our government, and this is a perfect example. The government could generate billions of dollars in tax revenue by taxing online gaming companies (who, by the way, are BEGGING for you to legalize their industry and pay you tax dollars so they can legitimately conduct business in the USA) and more importantly, could allow its citizens the freedom to partake in whatever harmless activities they wish in the comfort of their own homes.

1/14/2009 12:58 PM    
legalize it/regulate it and tax winning players as earned income!!!!! its a skill game people!!!

1/14/2009 12:59 PM    
I agree with what everyone else has said.  Repeal the UIGEA.  There are 250,000+ people playing online poker RIGHT NOW.  Prohibition obviously does not work.  There are many billions of dollars of tax revenue to be gained every year.

Not to mention how absurd it is to tell adult Americans that they can't play poker in the privacy of their own home's.  Even President Elect Obama plays poker.  There's simply nothing wrong with it.

We shouldn't be outlawing something just because an extremely small minority can abuse it.  It is much easier online to regulate how much a problem gambler can lose.  There are daily/weekly deposit limits, you can self ban yourself from playing for a certain amount of time, etc.  Also, you can only lose how much you have.  You can't use your credit card to deposit money online.  Unlike a casino, where a problem gambler could max out his credit cards and empty his checking account.

1/14/2009 12:59 PM    
I rely on online poker for my income, and would love to see the industry accepted into the United States.  Regulate it, tax it, and reap the benefits.

1/14/2009 1:06 PM    

Agree 100% with AAHue.  Legalize and Regulate online poker!

1/14/2009 1:08 PM    
Legalize it !!

1/14/2009 1:09 PM    

re: Roadrunner

You mentioned that you worry about children constantly being bombarded with messages trying to lure them into the world of online gaming. The truth of the matter is, people are seeing ads for online gaming sites every day. Whether it's an ad for Pokerstars on television, a sportsbetting site advertising on the radio, seeing a banner-ad for Fulltilt Poker on a website or simply by word of mouth, the "come-ons" are already out there. More and more people are learning about online poker every day. These people, along with millions of other Americans, are going to be playing poker in their homes regardless of what the government says. It only makes sense for the government to tax and regulate the industry, thus providing a safer online poker environment while financially benefiting from the taxing online poker.

1/14/2009 1:11 PM    
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1/14/2009 1:12 PM    
I see no reason why this is not regulated and taxed by the US government. This is common sense people!!!!

ryan h
1/14/2009 1:12 PM    
time to regulate this ludacris law!

1/14/2009 1:13 PM    
There are several reasons why poker should be legal in the United States and regulated.

Firstly poker will be played regardless of if there is a law that says it is legal.  By regulating poker the government may be able to help people who have addictions and track poker activity.

In terms of taxation, poker is very very difficult to tax as is.  Americans could easily play on foreign websites which are not responsible for reporting their data to the US gov or the IRS and circumvent paying taxes.  If poker sites were US sponsered and agreed to release earnings information to the IRS, taxes could much more easily be regulated.  This would amount to hundreds of millions in taxes that are currently not being paid.

Poker is a multibillion dollar industry.  All this revenue is currently being raked by other countries and supporting their economy.  The jobs and money that poker could funnel into the US economy could be very beneficial, especially in this time of need.

1/14/2009 1:15 PM    
no brainer.  do it.

1/14/2009 1:15 PM    
I also forgot to mention that poker is a game of skill as can be accounted for by the many people who professionally play.  It cannot be disputed that in the long run people who are more skilled will win money.  This can be shown empirically as well as mathematically and has been in both regards.

Any bill that targets unskilled, rigged, gaming should not target poker because it is the opposite of this.

1/14/2009 1:16 PM    

Seriously though,

Please repeal this Barack!

1/14/2009 1:17 PM    
I'm going to play poker either way, why let the money go to other countries when America is in bad times.  America should get it's piece of the pie.

1/14/2009 1:17 PM    
The online poker industry could be a vital ally in the economic recovery of the United States.

It would simply be unconscienable to pass up the opportunity to repeal an example of utter foolishness the Bush administration left behind.

1/14/2009 1:17 PM    
Let the Casino industry run online poker sites i the U.S. and tax the hell out of their profits from it.

1/14/2009 1:23 PM    
[ x ] Voted

1/14/2009 1:24 PM    
One time Obama please, it's America's past time after all.

1/14/2009 1:27 PM    
Poker is a game of skill, plain and simple.  Please allow American citzens to be able to play the great American game in the comfort of their own home without the worry of doing something illegal.   Legalize it and regulate it and it will create tons of money for the American government.  It will also allow people like myself who count on the money they make from online poker to not worry if that source of their income will be taken away.

Isn't there enough job loss and unemployment out there???  Please don't take another source of income away from us!!!

1/14/2009 1:27 PM    
very very good
thumbs up :D

1/14/2009 1:28 PM    
Please don't let this issue be overlooked any further. Repeal the UIGEA now and stop wasting tax dollars and start collecting instead!!!!

TJ Stephens
1/14/2009 1:29 PM    

President Obama,

I voted for you be cause I believe you can make a huge difference in this country for all americans. I urge you to repeal the UIGEA and replace it with more responsible and responsible legislation. There needs to be some kind of middle ground for those of us who choose poker as a hobby or a way of life. I see little difference in spending $20.00 to play an online poker tournament or using it to go to dinner or a movie.

The poker community knows that you have bigger and more important things on your plate when you take office than this issue. We're just asking that you remember us as well.

Good luck to you, Mr. Obama,

TJ Stephens

TJ Stephens
1/14/2009 1:29 PM    

President Obama,

I voted for you be cause I believe you can make a huge difference in this country for all americans. I urge you to repeal the UIGEA and replace it with more responsible and responsible legislation. There needs to be some kind of middle ground for those of us who choose poker as a hobby or a way of life. I see little difference in spending $20.00 to play an online poker tournament or using it to go to dinner or a movie.

The poker community knows that you have bigger and more important things on your plate when you take office than this issue. We're just asking that you remember us as well.

Good luck to you, Mr. Obama,

TJ Stephens

1/14/2009 1:29 PM    
Most people are spot on with their comments.
Poker is a game of skill and should be legal in every form in this country.  It is already widely played and so will guarantee it to be a great source of revenue for our floundering economy.  

1/14/2009 1:41 PM    

The UIGEA was attached to the port bill at the last minute (underhandedly) just to get it thru.  For that fact alone, if should be repealed and reviewed.
It limits freedom and puts an impossible task on our already failing banking system.

Legaliziation and taxation of internet poker will bring millions of dollars into the US economy.

It will also get us out of the mess with the WTO, that found the US in violation?

This whole subject is a win/win (in every direction) if legalized and taxed.

1/14/2009 1:41 PM    
Why cant people do what they want to do?
People are put on this Earth to get the most out of life if that means going to church, Travelling or playing online poker.

Poker is a game of skill, people ho judge it are probably losers at the game or havent played it enough to even make the decision. Why are you going to take away one of our freedoms that we want to do in our own home are you going to stop us watching tele next, or maybe going on the internet.

Oh i dont know seems stupid to me.

1/14/2009 1:44 PM    

1/14/2009 1:46 PM    
Definitely a win.  It would be trivially easy to require poker rooms to give up, say, 5% of rake generated by US players, and most poker rooms would be more than happy to do it because of the increased revenue generated by more players.

5% of a multibillion-dollar industry will pay for a lot of bills.

1/14/2009 1:46 PM    

I spent a year of my life in Iraq doing what needed to be done in the name of "freedom"
Yet I cannot play a simple game of poker for less than 2 dollars online.

Please stop letting people take away our rights to do things.

The people who don't want to play don't have to.  Why do they try to hurt the one's who do ???

I gave to my country now give back to yours !!

1/14/2009 1:47 PM    

I would much rather be paying rake to uncle sam than some offshore jokers getting rich.

1/14/2009 1:48 PM    
Regulate online poker and accept the much needed tax dollars that it will generate.

Billy O
1/14/2009 1:49 PM    
[x] Legalize online poker.

1/14/2009 1:49 PM    
Poker is a game, it requires skill to beat in the long run.  It is also a form of entertainment for many, and a career for some.  There is no reason for poker to be illegal as a career or as entertainment value.

Banks should not be preassured with responsibility the UIGEA is putting on them.  This bill should be overturned/thrown out and Americans citizens should have the right to freely get money on, get money off, and play poker online, just like citizens of almost every country already does.

1/14/2009 1:52 PM    
Legalize it, regulate it, tax it.

But let we adults do with their money as we choose.

I refuse to play the lotteries as the chance winning is 100% dependent on luck, and while poker does have some luck involved it is primarily a game of skill and should be treated as such.

1/14/2009 1:54 PM    
What I decide to do with my money should be my choice.  If I want to play poker online, I should be able to do this in a free country.

1/14/2009 1:56 PM    
The government has taken away our freedoms!


1/14/2009 1:58 PM    
Freedom!! Legalize poker, a game of skill.

1/14/2009 2:00 PM    
We need to get internet poker 4sho... If you make this happen Obama a freeroll will be set up in your name. 4sho

Ryan M
1/14/2009 2:00 PM    
Repeal the UIGEA.  The newly established UIGEA Regs put unneccesary burden on private industry to decipher law.  The last thing we need are banks deciding which transactions are lawful when we've seen countless examples of blanket prohibition from banks instead of deceiphering State and County law regarding the legality of online poker.

Also, move to federally recognize poker as a game of skill and separate from other forms of gambling such as slots, roulette and craps.

1/14/2009 2:02 PM    
UNfortunately, many of the people who can least afford it are seduced by the lure of easy money by on-line and off line gambling.  I have seen too many times people spending money that should be spent on their families trying for the one big hit that never comes.  They don't build those nice casinos because people winn lots of money.  Over the long haul, the house always wins.

1/14/2009 2:02 PM    
Odd how lobbyist rich horse racing was left unhurt by the UIGEA, yet poker, a skill game (if you don't believe this, play me) was not. People that wonder whether poker is or is not a game of skill don't know ANYTHING about poker.  These people certainly shouldn't be tagging rash mandates to the end of port security bills in the dead of night, either.  

The fact that people can lose money playing poker is irrelevant.  The opposite also happens.  The role of government should not be to protect every individual from every possible thing.  Doing so only restricts liberty.  The illegality of certain consensual activities in our Land of the Free is staggering.  

Online poker is just as much of a skill game as live poker.  On top of that, it is much more effective.  The government HAS NO CHANCE of quelling an individual's desire to gamble.  So what are they doing, then?  Trying to stop technology?  Good luck.  That didn't work very well with the pinmakers of the world when the machines came in.  

I'm 22 and have made hundreds of thousands of dollars from poker in the three years that I have played.  If anything, the US governments persistent negative meddling in the industry has made me extremely bitter towards anything government.  I pay these people hundreds of thousands in taxes while they fight to make me unemployed and limit the average mans right to blow off steam and do what he wants to for his own entertainment.  The threat has been so great that for the last year and a half I have been researching, somewhat seriously, what it takes to become a citizen in other countries.

Regulation is what needs to happen.  Government will benefit from taxes and industry.  People will benefit from oversight and the freedom to play.  Has seemed obvious to me for three years but politicians in Washington DC have done little to convince me they're capable of doing what is obvious.   

I'm really hoping you can make this shady, liberty draining, go away Mr. President.  Good luck!  



1/14/2009 2:05 PM    
liberty draining legislation. oops left it out!

1/14/2009 2:05 PM    
I cant agree more with everyone's comments thus far.  Its absolutely a win/win!

1/14/2009 2:08 PM    
UIGEA needs to diagf.

1/14/2009 2:08 PM    
Let's use our heads and regulate instead of prohibit!

1/14/2009 2:08 PM    
Ship us our online poker, but most of all, protect our rights and freedoms as Americans to a) do what we want with our own money, and b) just do what we want without having the government poker their heads into our lives and what we do personally. Prohibition has never worked. Just take a look back at prohibition of alcohol... that sure didn't last. This is the same principle. If people really want to play online poker, they will find a way one way or another to play online poker, even when it's not legal. SO, legalize it, tax it, bring that business back to America, and away from other countries. OUR ECONOMY NEEDS IT!

1/14/2009 2:10 PM    
Although luck is involved, poker is a game of skill.  There is a reason why you repeatedly see the same faces at Final Tables.  Poker, online and real, should be legalized in the United States.  Do it now!

1/14/2009 2:12 PM    
Legalize and regulate online poker!  Complaints regarding the UIGEA have been well-documented, but here's my attempt to list 8 legitimate grievances the poker playing community has with the UIGEA and the general resistance to the legitimization and regulation of online poker in the US.

1) Criminalization of online poker is an unacceptable violation of civil liberties.  There is no reason that a person who chooses to spend some of their money in a poker game should not be allowed to do so, and no logic to the fact that such a person could easily choose to play poker in a brick-and-mortar casino but not online.

2) The UIGEA was passed under shady circumstances, a case of “Midnight Legislation”: it was inserted into the SAFE Act, an unrelated Port Security bill, at the very last possible minute and passed without any debate.

3) The UIGEA, as written, is vague and unenforceable.  It places unprecedented and unrealistic expectations on our financial institutions to police every transaction they process.  Given the troubles our banks face today, this is a particularly unwelcome additional responsibility to force them to take on.

4) The UIGEA is blatantly and unrepentantly hypocritical.  It restricts and attempts to criminalize online poker under the guise of a moral objection to gambling, yet carves out specific exemptions for online state lotteries and online wagering on horse racing, both of which are much more prevalent outlets for “Problem gambling” than is poker.

5) Online poker is a multi-billion dollar industry.  Were it to be regulated and legitimized, allowing these companies to operate within US borders, it would represent an enormous windfall of tax revenue on both the state and federal level.

6) Because online poker companies operate overseas, players in the US are limited in their legal options when dealing with these sites.  Regulation and legitimization would allow them to operate within US jurisdiction and allow legal recourse for any player victimized by fraud.

7) Complaints that online poker sites facilitate underage gambling are without merit.  Online age verification software is very sophisticated and almost all online sites already utilize it; inclusion of a requirement that such software be utilized by online sites as part of their regulation would not be an issue.  Although underage participation in any age-restricted activity can never be completely eradicated, there is no reason to believe that online poker is any more accessible to underage children than any other such activity.

8) Poker is one of the few truly American games, a pastime that is ingrained into our history and national character like few others.  It is shameful that every other country in the Western world clearly allows its citizens to enjoy the latest iteration of this pastime except for the USA.

scoop you
1/14/2009 2:14 PM    
please repeal this law and get america on the right track.

Dr Nostrand
1/14/2009 2:15 PM    
Gambling is in general a "stupidity tax".

Actually, I would prohibit privatization of state sponsored lotteries.

1/14/2009 2:15 PM    
as a professional poker player this is one of my most important issues.  Theres no reason why the U.S shouldnt be taxing this industry and making it easier for all Americans to enjoy this game of skill over the internet.  

1/14/2009 2:16 PM    
Please allow us to play online poker.  It's a game of skill and should not be illegal.  Thanks.

1/14/2009 2:17 PM    
Heard Obama's a good player actually.  Maybe this will pass.  Please?

1/14/2009 2:18 PM    
If people dont think poker is a game of skill they have never played enough to understand it. It is a game where exp and study and work on your game makes you better. Unlike blackjack,roulette, our craps where your gambling and there is no REAL SKILL involved. It is a great way to make money on some taxes. In these hard times the gov really needs to open there eyes and realize this.

1/14/2009 2:18 PM    
Don't make it illegal for me to make a living!!!

1/14/2009 2:20 PM    
Make it Legal...Please!

1/14/2009 2:21 PM    

1/14/2009 2:23 PM    
This makes sense to everyone except the far right. The country is the land of the free and limiting our freedom to play poker is clearly not the best thing for this country's interests

1/14/2009 2:23 PM    
I approve

1/14/2009 2:23 PM    

Believe in liberty

1/14/2009 2:23 PM    
Everything said here is very relevant to current economy stability.  I can't agree more with the "win/win" approach to the argument.  Why not REGULATE this environment, correctly tax the game, and everyone wins.  I don't think you can argue with it.  It only affects those who are playing.  If you don't play don't worry about those who are.  They are not affecting your life or your family's life in any way possible.  And I just want to say....YES WE DID!!!  Thank the lord.  I can sleep now.

1/14/2009 2:25 PM    
From one poker player to another the time of change is now! Legalize online poker to help the economy. Let the industry into america and reap the rewards of taxes from the winners and the industry too.

1/14/2009 2:26 PM    
My only hope is that Obama has the time to address this issue.  The basis behind making poker illegal is not only impractical but completely irrational.   We stand among a select group of nations including China  that have taken this stance on the issue of on-line gambling.   The majority of forward thinking countries have embraced it and are generating consistent revenue by monotoring it.   The most frustrating part of this is the way it was passed through legislation.    If you examine the process you cannot possibly feel that it was given a fair judgement.   Thanks for you time in considering this issue.

1/14/2009 2:27 PM    
Stop punishing people for a victimless crime! It is completly optional for people to play poker, no one is forced into it. Playing poker harms no one. For the few who become addicted to gambling online poker sites allow you to ban yourself from playing at their site.

1/14/2009 2:28 PM    
Come on Obama, The United States Gambles with money all the time.  I can't gamble with the money that I have already paid you TAXES on????  Not to mention last year Bush made it so I had to pay taxes on my earning.  Please put an end to this chaos!!!!

Mike Serfas
1/14/2009 2:28 PM    
I'm prone to believe that anything a person can bet on will be fixed.  I'm also not enthusiastic about the potential for deliberate "winnings" and "losses" to be used to convey money that is really part of other transactions.  I don't see any real use for online poker.  Even if the government made revenue from it, that is only money taken from our own people.

But even so, if the government wants to keep something illegal, they should have to prove that they're actually accomplishing some goal by doing so.  Preventing a few people from playing poker while others lose money into offshore accounts?  I don't think that's a very compelling reason.

1/14/2009 2:29 PM    
While it isn't the most pressing issue facing America, it would add jobs, taxes and restore some sensibility to government. Repeal this silly law and stop forcing thousands of Americans from being criminals just to play a game.

1/14/2009 2:29 PM    





1/14/2009 2:30 PM    
Seems like a no-brainer to me - legalize and tax it.  Why let other countries benefit from it instead of us when we are the ones playing anyway.

1/14/2009 2:30 PM    
Seems like a no-brainer to me - legalize and tax it.  Why let other countries benefit from it instead of us when we are the ones playing anyway.

1/14/2009 2:31 PM    
I agree 100% with the original post, the UIEGA was poorly thought out and should not remain in its current form.

1/14/2009 2:31 PM    
Just let us play poker like gentlemen please.

1/14/2009 2:31 PM    

1/14/2009 2:32 PM    
It should be up to a person how to live their lives, not the government.  

1/14/2009 2:33 PM    
I loved the comment that said "In the longrun the house always wins"  We are talking about poker right????  Just making sure.  Please tell MWM55917 that this is poker we are talking about not blackjack or roulette.  There is no "House" except for a rake that most of us get  Come on.  I thought was America people.

1/14/2009 2:33 PM    
UNfortunately, many of the people who can least afford it are seduced by the lure of easy money by on-line and off line gambling.  I have seen too many times people spending money that should be spent on their families trying for the one big hit that never comes.  They don't build those nice casinos because people winn lots of money.  Over the long haul, the house always wins.

We are not talking about house games such as blackjack and the slots.  Poker is played against people not the house.  It is a game of skill unlike pushing a button on a slot machine.  Please learn the difference between casino games and poker.

1/14/2009 2:37 PM    
Right on! As a member of the Poker Players Association, I and my fellow MILLION PLUS members are tired of ramrod UIGEA legislation which was never brought to a vote or discussion in Congress but slipped into the Port Security Bill as a Bill Frist curry some favor with the Christian right. Let's not be hypocritical and hurt poker so as to help other forms of gambling like the lottery, horse racing and sports betting. Playing poker is an inalienable right and you can actually win at it too! This is why I voted Democratic in this election. Please do the right thing and allow online poker in the US. If you tax it, the government will take in BILLIONS. Last time I looked we could use some help on our deficit.

1/14/2009 2:38 PM    
I live in Texas, it is a bit ironic I have problems using a credit card from my bank to deposit to play Texas Hold'em online due to the UIGEA. Its not impossible to deposit onto a site, even though the money comes from the same exact account the money would come out of from using the credit card.

Is there problems at some sites, underage users and so forth, yes. The only way to overcome the current problems is to make it clearly legal, and regulated.

I would much rather go online and call good odds and garuntee a profit, than to go to the corner store and by a scratch off lottery ticket with bad odds to just break even and  is garunteed to lose money.

1/14/2009 2:39 PM    
Un. Be. Leivable.

The economy is in shambles, we are in a premeditated war based on lies, and the criminals that have done this to us are going to get away completely free. Yet two of the biggest vote getters are legalizing online gambling and marijuana.

Let's just bring Bush back. Make him king. A country gets the leaders it deserves. America deserves George Bush.

1/14/2009 2:39 PM    
The government is missing a big opportunity to raise revenue while at the same asserting a position of respecting individual's rights.

1/14/2009 2:39 PM    
Repeal the UIGEA, the government has better things to do than interfere with our free time! This law also puts unfair strain on our banking system, basically turning them into the "enforcers" of the online gaming industry. It's ridiculous. The fact is, online poker has become a very mainstream hobby, enjoyed by millions of Americans. The government needs to just accept it for what it is.

1/14/2009 2:39 PM    

1/14/2009 2:41 PM    

keep online poker legal! it is a game of skill that we, as Americans, have the right to play!

1/14/2009 2:41 PM    
This one just seems common sense to me. Regulated and taxed.  It's win-win.  The government can even send players a year end taxible winnings statement.  Many IT sector jobs will be created.  Winnings will be easily traced to ensure proper tax accountability.  It's just SO common sense.  Poker is a skill game, as reiterated many times above.  I can bet on a horse (why exempt??), but I can't bet on my own ability with a deck of cards?

New administration, you've been elected to bring back grassroots, to bring back common sense. This one is a no brainer.  Much love!

1/14/2009 2:43 PM    
outlawing online poker will have the same effect as Prohibition, it will only turn many out to play 'illegally'. Prohibition did not stop people from drinking, it just made people that drank criminals. This law will not stop people from playing poker.
Why not regulate it, the goverment seems to regulate everything else and it's another excuse for the them to be involved in something else they should'nt be involved in.

1/14/2009 2:43 PM    

Our rights are being violated if online poker is not legalized and regulated.  The US government needs to seize this money-making opportunity and make right in one fell swoop!

1/14/2009 2:44 PM    
Game of Skill. Willing adults. Legalize please.

1/14/2009 2:45 PM    
I play poker for a living and it isn't right how the government is making it tougher for me to make a living. The government should not be trying to take away people's freedoms, people should be allowed to do as they please with their own money. This goes for legalizing all other forms of gambling online, not just poker.

1/14/2009 2:46 PM    
It has been said many times before already, but I will say it again because of its importance. With the economy in the shape it is in and the money that the government needs to fund the the programs that are needed to strengthen the economy, it makes perfect and logical sense to allow online poker in the U.S. strictly for the tax revenue alone. It would bring in billions of  dollars that , we as a nation, desperately need.

Change We Need.  Indeed.

Thank You.

1/14/2009 2:47 PM    
This isn't the most popular idea but we have the most comments!

1/14/2009 2:48 PM    
Poker is a game of skill.  Regulate it accordingly to help boost the economy and allow players to feel secure while playing.

1/14/2009 2:49 PM    
Leave a comment, support poker, it's a beautiful game and we need to end these silly laws.

1/14/2009 2:49 PM    

When I first heard a year and half ago that the government was going to take away the right to play a game between other players, (not a casin), (yes they take rake for having great software and great customer support) I couldn't really believe it.  I just can't think that I can go to a casino and bring my paycheck there, cash it, and they take money for that, then proceed to go to the blackjack table and put all of it down on one hand, lose it, and go home.  I can easily do that every 6th, and 21st of every month.  Now what does that take, it takes me gas to get there, and pollute the environment, and pay for that gas.  I have the easiest access possible to lose my thousand bucks or whatever it is to throw it on a table and in about 1 minute lose it all.  Now I would have to go home, pissed off, if I had a family they would obviously not get the care they needed and that would make them mad as well.  I can easily do this, but they, (whoever that is, I don't even know) make it most difficult to put money into a Poker account where people can play for free, .01/.02 up to 1,000/2,000, the option is theres to spend there money how they want.  I can read all the books in the world on BJ and the casino would still have a slight edge, I can read books, practice for free, watch videos, talk to my friends, read blogs, read magazines, read forums, use simulators, I can do all of that to improve if I am not good at the game.  This is sick that we are talking about this it just makes me mad.  Could someone just tell me why we wouldn't be able to do this!!!!!!!!!  I just want a real explanation, not a stupid political explanation that means nothing.  The only explanation that could possibly be given is the sites are not regulated.  OK, IT IS MY CHOICE IF I WANT TO PUT MONEY IN THERE, IT IS MY CHOICE TO READ THE RULES AND REGULATIONS, IT IS MY CHOICE ON HOW I WANT TO SPEND MY MONEY ISN'T IT?????  There is a disclaimer on slot machines that says void if malfunction, How do I know it was a malfunction?  But was it my choice to put money in there.  YES.  Thank you for listening to my rant about this as I am very perturbed by the whole ordeal.

1/14/2009 2:49 PM    
It makes no sense to be able to legally play at casinos all over the country, yet we are unable to play online.

1/14/2009 2:52 PM    
This is definitely a win/win for the economy as far as I can see.  

FIX IT!!!!!

1/14/2009 2:52 PM    
Please legalize online poker...the web sites parked overseas are collecting untold amounts that the US government could tax if this industry is regulated.

Poker is a game of skill and one of our national past times.  Please protect it!!

1/14/2009 2:52 PM    
I can't believe this is a top issue, but I also can't believe it was outlawed in the first place.  I don't play, but I see no reason why other people shouldn't be able to if they want.

1/14/2009 2:53 PM    
Please regulate the online poker industry.  It has been an effective proposition in several European countries, including Great Britain.

The last administration forced their beliefs onto many of us who do not agree with their positions on poker and it is time for a change!

1/14/2009 2:53 PM    
Poker is a game of skill that should be an option for any American, not just Americans who can afford to travel to a casino.  Online poker provides that option for all.

1/14/2009 2:53 PM    
Un. Be. Leivable.

The economy is in shambles, we are in a premeditated war based on lies, and the criminals that have done this to us are going to get away completely free. Yet two of the biggest vote getters are legalizing online gambling and marijuana.

Let's just bring Bush back. Make him king. A country gets the leaders it deserves. America deserves George Bush.

It's interesting that you conflate a number of votes with an assumption of prioritiy in the minds of the general public.  I doubt that anyone here would argue that the legalization of online poker is a bigger issue in the grand scheme of things than the war in Iraq, but that doesn't mean that the issue isn't legitimate, and doesn't mean that the people's enthusiasm for this issue is misplaced.  For one, it is a clear and very serious violation of civil liberties imposed on us in the previous administration, and for another, regulation of online poker as a legitimate US industry is a concrete suggestion that might actually have a positive effect on the economy.

Rather that waving our hands around screaming "fix the economy!" we offer a suggestion that might actually do some good, and you berate us for it.  Nice.

1/14/2009 2:54 PM    
Regulating online poker can be done with MINIMAL COSTS compared to the INCREDIBLY LARGE amount of tax REVENUE that can be realized IMMEDIATELY

Obama is searching for low cost plans to move the country towards erasing debt.  Well here is a plan that is LOW COSTand it will allow my grandma (she is bedridden and loves poker) to play in a $10 poker tournament on line with out worrying about breaking a law!

1/14/2009 2:55 PM    
The playing of poker itself is the act of betting on oneself (as opposed to against the house) in a game predominantly based on your own skill level with an element of luck introduced.

This is no different than Backgammon, which is afforded federal protection as a game of skill, and was even called a "mind sport" by the Olympic committee.

Skilled poker players can make a decent consistent living at a table of 5-8 opponents in spite of there being a rake taking 5% of each pot, and paying one's own living expenses.

Unskilled poker players are typically either learning or there for entertainment, and are there with money they can afford to lose.

It is like a high school football team challenging an NFL team. They might score from time to time, but the NFL team should win almost every drawn out game. A high school team with rudimentary skills and some elements of chance can make a first down or touchdown against the NFL team.

But poker players are too out of shape to take on a football player. What was my point again?

1/14/2009 2:56 PM    
Please repeal the UIGEA or give an exemption to skill games, such as poker.  Regulate it and tax it and help our waning economy and to protect the millions of Americans who enjoy the game and want the right to play it .  The casinos would gladly work with the government to prevent problem gambling or underage players.  Poker is no different from investing in the stock market - analyze and research to make the investment that yields the best return over time.  The only difference is I've lost a lot of money investing in the markets.

green man
1/14/2009 2:57 PM    
This is an important issue to many Americans.  We are supposed to live in the land of the free yet I can't even play a game of skill because the government tells me not to.

Stace Johnson
1/14/2009 2:58 PM    
As an accomplished poker player himself, I hope that President Obama recognizes that online poker is more a game of skill than a game of luck, and that legalizing and regulating online poker is just one more way that people can infuse money into the flagging economy.  Millions of Americans play online poker already, and the money that could be made from taxing those online games is a staggering amount.

As I write this on a Wednesday afternoon, just one of the online poker sites is hosting nearly 175,000 people on over 42,000 virtual tables.  Imagine if those 42,000 tables were hosted by an American company and taxed at $1 (for round numbers), along with any other tables that are generated on that site each day.  Then consider that numerous American companies would be in this business space and the number of Americans playing online poker would easily increase with the repeal of the UIGEA, and it's easy to see how regulation and taxation of online poker could generate millions of dollars *per day* to benefit the economy.

Or, we could keep the current system, continue to force banks to reject transactions that they could be making money on, continue to stigmatize skillful online poker players while honoring much more random Internet gambling systems, and continue to encourage an offshore shadow industry with no oversight.

Sounds like a no-brainer to me.

1/14/2009 3:02 PM    
Please allow me the freedom to play my favorite card games.

1/14/2009 3:02 PM    
Make it legal and tax the hell out of it.  People will gamble whether or not the government permits it.  Always have, always will.  The government is missing out on a constant revenue stream.  Legalize it, regulate it, and TAX it!

1/14/2009 3:03 PM    
I find it surprising that actual poker players would assert that online poker playing is a game of skill.  If you can write bots that can play 24/7 how is that a game of skill?  I agree that trying to make online poker illegal is a futile gesture, but come on.  The government should have much more important things to spend time on than trying to police the Internet.

1/14/2009 3:03 PM    
Poker is a game of skill, lotteries are pure luck.  It is hypocritical for the government to ban online poker and endorse lotteries.  Repeal UIGEA please.

1/14/2009 3:03 PM    
There are lots of people that love to play online poker, they come in all types, but for the most part I belive that most Online Poker Players play for the joy of the games and low amounts of money. When i hear that our Govt classifies online players as bad people, that make me sick, to think our govt is that dumb. We are great people and love the game of Poker. So do the right thing and make it all good for us poker players.

1/14/2009 3:04 PM    
Poker is a game of skill and should be legalized.  Also, think of all the revenue that could be raised by regulating and taxing online poker!

1/14/2009 3:05 PM    
Please regulate this crazy industry. There are billions in tax revenue to be gained and tons of value to be added through regulation. Thank you!

1/14/2009 3:08 PM    
do it!!!!!!!!!!

1/14/2009 3:10 PM    
I would like to have freedom to enjoy poker - a game of skill.
USA reaps enormous tax benefits.
Moral concerns about gambling isn't for government to decide or if so don't be hypocritical by allowing some forms of gambling but not others .  

1/14/2009 3:12 PM    
Americans should be free to choose how to spend their money in the comfort of their own homes! Repeal the UIGEA!

1/14/2009 3:13 PM    
I agree that the interest and advocacy this issue is receiving is disproportionate to its scope. The reasoning given concerning taxes, raising revenue, etc. may be valid, as may be the individual's freedom bit, but in general the laws in place prohibiting online gambling have a solid basis. Online gambling is not a game of skill as everyone plays it, nor is it conducive to any real citizen productivity.  
Promoting this issue above other more urgent and thoughtful ideas is simply undermines the concept of a "citizen's briefing book" by proving the inherent bias of such an online forum to young, fully technologically integrated citizens' whose biggest concerns are apparently legalizing marijuana and online gambling.
I am, and hope that others will use this forum to explore and create ideas that would be good for this country - outside of the smallness of issues like online gambling.

1/14/2009 3:14 PM    
Extremely simple to enforce, creates a massive source of revenue for the government rather than unloading more misery on taxpayers, and protects Americans from being cheated online. Why would you not do this?

1/14/2009 3:14 PM    
It shouldn't matter if poker is a game of skill or luck.  The fact of the matter is we pay a huge tax on our money.  We should be able to spend what is leftover on any form of entertainment we want.

The fact that I could legally stand in front of a machine at a gas station and buy $500 in scratch off tickets, yet I cannot deposit $10 to play an online poker tournament is a joke.

The whole thing is ridiculous and just one of the many reasons the U.S. is the laughing stock of the world right now.

And all the B.S. about online poker companies being offshore and shady is garbage.  Many of these companies are highly respected, legal organizations that are publicly traded on the London stock exchange.

1/14/2009 3:15 PM    
Land of the Free amirite?

1/14/2009 3:16 PM    
Legalize online Poker and automatically Stimulate the Economy with revenue from a multi-billion dollar income stream.

1/14/2009 3:18 PM    
ckboddic makes an excellent point - why was the UIGEA created if it contains carveouts for the horseracing industry, state lobbies, and fantasy sports? Does Congress seriously think that online poker destroys families and destroys lives, while betting on horseracing does not? The hypocrisy in this law is mind-blowing and serves not the citizens of this country, but the lobbies who poured money into getting this law passed. Its existence is an insult to us all.

1/14/2009 3:18 PM    

Regulate online poker and protect our right to play America's game.

1/14/2009 3:19 PM    
By making online poker illegal you are disabling mine and others ability to earn a living.

1/14/2009 3:19 PM    
I live in Texas and won 46,000 dollars playing poker in Costa Rica last year.  NO TAX MONEY FOR THE MAN.

1/14/2009 3:20 PM    
I can't say it any better than a lot of the 292 people that have commented before me.  Legalize online poker and give me my freedom!

1/14/2009 3:21 PM    
This also would create many jobs and shore up advertising revenue for many existing, struggling media companies.  Marketing these websites would require hiring many folks and purchasing ad time to attract people to your site.  Hmmm, a law that brings the government revenue, protects consumers, creates jobs and keeps people in a safe, smoke-free comfortable environment.  Seems to simple really.  We'll see if bureaucrats and politicians will continue to run Washington, or whether the new government leaders we elected can recognize the simplicity in enacting this quickly.  Certainly this isn't near the top of the most important things to solve for our country - but -- while we respect a need to prioritze, it would be enlightning to see this administration act swiftly and soundly instead of dragging it out in typical Washington fashion.  This is not a tough issue and it will help raise funds in a dire time.

1/14/2009 3:21 PM    
Also, Sara this issue is about exempting online poker from UIGEA because it IS ABSOLUTELY a game of skill.

1/14/2009 3:21 PM    
Voted for freedom.

1/14/2009 3:21 PM    
please legalize so that I do not have to get a job after I finish college. kthxbye <3

1/14/2009 3:23 PM    
Many people will point out that there are many more pressing issues for out government to tackle than online poker. what most of them fail to take into account is the ammount of manpower and rescources financial institutions must devote to weeding out online poker transactions. these rescources would be much more beneficial weeding out real criminal activity from criminals and terrorists. the UIEGA puts undo strain on americas already taxed financial institutions and makes criminals out of law abiding and tax paying citizens. it's time for it to go away.

1/14/2009 3:24 PM    
Quote: If you can write bots that can play 24/7 how is that a game of skill?  

There has been chess-playing software that can routinely beat the best chess grandmasters in the world, yet no one would say there is no skill involved in chess. The fact that poker bots exist (though how prevalent they are in online poker is debatable) speaks more for regulation than not. By regulating online poker sites, players will have recourse in the event cheating occurs. Also, poker sites can be required to to have their security operations and mechanisms reviewed by the government to insure the fairness of the games.

In all, regulation of online poker has no down side. It will generate billions of dollars of tax revenue that this country needs. It will keep billions of dollars of American wealth within the country, as opposed to shipping profits to online poker sites overseas. It will insure that protections against underage players are implemented, and that steps are taken to identify and provide help to compulsive gamblers. It will require that poker sites reveal their corporate structures to the U.S. governments and agree to abide by U.S. laws, and submit to U.S. jurisdictions should legal issues arise.

Online poker is not going anywhere. Regulation and taxation makes far more sense than forcing our already strained banking system to take on the role of morality police.

1/14/2009 3:24 PM    
Lottery, a game of chance: Legal.
Horse racing, a game of chance: Legal.

Online Poker, a game of skill: Illegal?

1/14/2009 3:27 PM    
Legalizing and regulating online poker would be a windfall for the US.  All the companies that offshored their business would consider relocating, and those that didn't would suddenly face stiff competition from the big domestic casinos who would get in on the act very quickly if allowed.  I don't see a downside to this.  Let's move away from outdated puritanical notions and legalize this game of skill.

1/14/2009 3:27 PM    
Any player must admit that poker is not ALL skill, however it certainly exists. Thus we see the same top players closer to the final table more often than anyone else.

Voting UP for this seems like common sense.

1/14/2009 3:27 PM    
Presidents play poker! Many of us play poker! The fact that potential tax dollars aren't being collected because online poker isn't legal here and all the bucks go to offshore or overseas-based poker parlors - to say nothing of a lack of US regulation that would insure the integrity of online poker - is inane!
Let's get online poker legalized. Let's get the tax dollars from online poker into OUR government coffers!
Please push for legalized online poker - with the sites based in the USA!

1/14/2009 3:30 PM    
Sara, please feel free to prioritize your own issues and give the rest of us the right to prioritize ours.  It was important enough to somebody to get this ridiculous law passed, now the government needs to know that it is important to others to get it repealed.

This country is supposed to support personal freedom.  My freedom to play poker in my free time has been attacked.

Think about how you would react if something you enjoyed was made illegal for no good reason.

Matthew N
1/14/2009 3:31 PM    
This is the first and only time I going to ask to be taxed!

1/14/2009 3:31 PM    
Please repeal UIGEA and let our hobby thrive!  Why should the USA pass on all the potenial tax revenue from this game?

1/14/2009 3:31 PM    
Please do not think online poker is a world only of young men with dreams of making it big in the poker world. I am 49, a woman, gainfully employed, with a family. I love playing poker at home - I do not like casinos. I love being able to play for very small amounts, something I could not do at casinos. I live in the upper midwest - I don't like going out at night in the winter.

My poker hobby endangers no one, is fun, and could be part of a revenue generator for the governement.

It IS time for a change, President Obama!

1/14/2009 3:32 PM    

I feel that poker could be a huge boost to the economy if regulated and would be helping to exercise our freedoms as americans.  please consider legalizing, and not destroying online poker.  it should be easier to get money on and off sites, and if regulated and monitored, poker players would feel much safer dealing with a US government supported site.  Thank you.

1/14/2009 3:32 PM    
We need to reverse the tide of prohibition in this country. This one is ridiculous. Poker is legal in most places and a great form of entertainment and mental exercise. Add this back in to the US economy instead of throwing it to the gray markets offshore.

Steve in Idaho
1/14/2009 3:33 PM    
Stop trying to make ordinary citizens criminals by playing online Poker!  Repel the bill, it's absurd to punish Americans for playing a game of strategy and skill!

1/14/2009 3:33 PM    
Legalize Online Poker - tax it and put that money to good use helping our economy or the school systems.  Most people are aware or becoming aware that poker is a skill that can be learned to beat less skilled opponents and many folks make a living off of it. For those that do it for entertainment they should be able to do it and help the economy of the US at the same time.

1/14/2009 3:36 PM    
Repeal UIGEA. Silly, stupid, law against a skill game. While governments take impoverished peoples dollars in a "lottery" where a person has 1 in a million chance of winning, and where someone can trade stocks online, or go to "OTB" for off-track horse betting, the UIGEA is inconsistent. It is gambling, to be sure, because there is an element of luck and money can be lost but it is far more skill-based than the current image most people have of poker.

1/14/2009 3:36 PM    
I find it surprising that actual poker players would assert that online poker playing is a game of skill.  If you can write bots that can play 24/7 how is that a game of skill?  I agree that trying to make online poker illegal is a futile gesture, but come on.  The government should have much more important things to spend time on than trying to police the Internet.

1) The ability of a computer to master a game does not exclude it from being a game of skill.  Chess is clearly a game of skill, yet there are computers that can compete at a level of, if not greater than, the best grandmasters in the world.  Clearly any "bots" that can beat an online poker game would do so by being programmed to be skilled at the game, just as chess-playing computers are.

2) If there were bots that could beat a poker game long, that would be irrefutable proof that poker IS a game of skill, as if it were simply a game of luck, no person or program would be able to beat it.  The fact that there are players that beat the game does prove that it is a game of skill.

3) I don't know of any existing computer program that can beat a table of skilled players at no-limit hold 'em.  That doesn't mean that one doesn't exist, but programmers of what's generally considered the best heads-up limit hold 'em program in existence have said that a no-limit program is prohibitively complicated.  I would be highly skeptical regarding claims as to the existence of such a program.  Any programs that exist would almost certainly be marginally profitable at best, and unable to compete with a skilled human.

1/14/2009 3:37 PM    
Please repeal this ASAP

1/14/2009 3:38 PM    
Great comments so far, hopefully this goes through.

1/14/2009 3:39 PM    
I want to be able to play online poker if I choose to. I love it.

1/14/2009 3:39 PM    
Why stop with legalizing poker? If the government would legalize and tax just one NFL game, the "SuperBowl" every year, our deficit would be gone within 5 years and the taxes collected after that could be used for universal healthcare for everyone.

1/14/2009 3:41 PM    
It's about liberty.  The government isn't supposed to try to protect us from ourselves.  Free societies let people check-raise each other for fun if they'd like.

1/14/2009 3:42 PM    
billions lost per year in rake to overseas companies

1/14/2009 3:43 PM    
i enjoy playing online poker.  why not tax it regulate and make it legal. thats what was done with alcohol and tobacco.

1/14/2009 3:44 PM    

I am a hard working, tax paying, proud American citizen who deserves the right to play online poker.  I believe in choices and also believe that in our difficult economy it is foolish to not regulate the online poker industry and bring in much needed revenues to the best country in the world - our own United States.

1/14/2009 3:44 PM    
I know of several people that stopped playing poker online because of George Bush's stupid law about transfering funds from online accounts to Poker Sites,  This needs to get fixed so we can gamble again online.  Free money for our econ!

JP Darnell
1/14/2009 3:45 PM    
Overturn the UIGEA!

1/14/2009 3:47 PM    

Listen to the words of Annie Duke, professional poker who testified before a Congressional Committee.  It's America's game and we can redirect much needed tax revenue from Offshore to our Home.   Downside is little, and with adequate protection against minors and services for problem gamblers we can make it work.

I had a terrible injury once and without online poker I don't know how I could have passed the time while in lots of pain.  Poker was literally a life saver for me.  Please make it legal for everyone.  

1/14/2009 3:47 PM    
There are so many great comments about this issue that I really don't know what I can add.  But, this game is my passion and a huge part of my life.  I can't just let the topic go without adding something.

The facts are that poker is a game of skill, will improve our economy and create new jobs.  It will also give everyone the freedom to legally play a game that so many people love.  Poker is legal in many states and it should be legal on a computer in every state.

I agree that making poker illegal will not work.  There are so many people that play and love this game.  If it is outlawed, it will only make a lot of good, hardworking people break the law to play a game they love.

For the sake of our country and anyone that enjoys poker, I hope the great president that I helped elect will give this issue some serious thought.

President Obama, this is one of many issues that needs to change!

1/14/2009 3:49 PM    
Our government should be less concerned with protecting citizens from themselves and more concerned with protecting them from others. Whether you believe (as I do) that poker is a game of skill, or simply "gambling", shouldn't it be an individual choice?

Would not the government's efforts be put to better use insuring that those of us who choose to play poker are able to do so in venues that offer a level playing field?

States are free to offer lotteries with odds so skewed that any individual player's chances of reaping a long-term profit are practically infinitesimal. Why can't it be left up to each state as to whether they choose to license, regulate and tax on-line gambling in the same manner that many do so with "brick and mortar" establishments?

1/14/2009 3:50 PM    
To all Republicans...
You say you want smaller government, yet your leadership sneakily forced the UIGEA on the American people.  Put your money where your mouth is, hypocrits.

To the government...
You found with prohibition that you cannot make illegal what once was accepted.  Prohibition failed horribly, the "war on drugs" has been an even more disasterous failure, illegalizing file sharing was an abismal failure, and the next  ignorant attempt at being our morality police (illegalizing online poker), will be the next in a long line of futile efforts.  Throw in the towel, focus on what really matters (economy, foreign policy, environment, job security, globalization, terrorism, health care, crumbling infrastructure, corruption, immigration, etc, etc, etc...) rather than being the morality police.

1/14/2009 3:51 PM    
The issues of legalizing online poker and of repealing the UIGEA are certainly not the most important of issues which the new administration will face, but as evidenced here by the responses and "votes" for the issue it is on the minds of a great number of Americans.  The passage of the UIGEA was wrong.  It was ushered through the legislature under the guise of anti-terrorism.  This was absurd and simply played on the fears of an uninformed public.  I am hopeful that in time that the government will undertake the ideas which have been presented here (in this Citizen's Briefing Book and by the Poker Player's Alliance and a multitude of other advocates) in an effort to legalize the online game and further moderate the enterprise.  Good luck to you, Mr. President.

1/14/2009 3:52 PM    
That is a horrible idea.  There are people out there who waste their family's money on gambling.  We are going into a recession, one thing that we do not need is encouraging gambling to "help the government".

1/14/2009 3:52 PM    
Its so ridiculous how we're not able to play a game of skill

1/14/2009 3:54 PM    
Gambling is addictive and a tax on the poor....

1/14/2009 3:56 PM    
legalize poker please, it helps everyone.

1/14/2009 3:58 PM    
Regulate and legalize online poker in the US, rather than letting it run overseas where we have no oversight and cannot benefit from the revenue.   The ACLU understands that online poker is a free speech and personal privacy issue.  Repeal the UIGEA!!  That's change we can believe in!

1/14/2009 3:59 PM    
Online Poker needs to be regulated so we can help our country in these hard times. The taxes the online community would pay could go towards lots of the programs that are going to be implimated in the near future. I feel as an American I should have the right to play online poker.  Thank You.

1/14/2009 3:59 PM    

Poker is as American as apple pie.  Legalize it tax it and regulate it;this will make everyone happy. It's win win win. Whats the problem with that??

J. Starr

1/14/2009 3:59 PM    
I live in Santa Monica and I can drive to at least 5 casinos, all within 15 miles, to play poker.  What sense does it make to try to prevent me from doing the same online?

Legalize online poker!

1/14/2009 4:00 PM    

Legalize, regulate and tax the skill game of poker online. It is the right thing in a free country.

1/14/2009 4:01 PM    
Our state governments are heavily involved in the profiting from and promotion of gambling.  

At the same time, these same governments prevent competition with anti-gambling laws.

This runs counter to our country's principles.

There may be more pressing issues, but this one is easy enough to implement immediately.

1/14/2009 4:02 PM    
So why can I play poker live but not online?

Illinois Poker Player
1/14/2009 4:02 PM    
There is no reason why people can legally play poker in virtually every state, but can not play on line.  It is cheaper for the consumer, and presents a tremendous potential revenue source for the government.  Prohibition doesn't work !

1/14/2009 4:02 PM    
give us back our freedom to do what we want with our time and money.   We live in America after all.  

1/14/2009 4:03 PM    
Just for grins, decide the issue by taking ANY 5 people who are against and ANY 5 people who are for, and let them play a no limit hold'em game until there is one person left with chips...that should settle the question of skill once and for all and I would be willing to abide by the winners decision....

1/14/2009 4:07 PM    
The illegalization of internet poker is an outrage. I won't go into detail why because i'm sure 200 some other people already did but just do the right thing!

1/14/2009 4:08 PM    
That is a horrible idea.  There are people out there who waste their family's money on gambling.  We are going into a recession, one thing that we do not need is encouraging gambling to "help the government".

Nobody is encouraging people to gamble, and certainly nobody is encouraging people to gamble who can't afford it.  Some people just believe that not all discouragement has to come in the form of legislation.

More to the point, the reality is that people are gambling, and that the rake played by online poker players is being shipped overseas and taxed by foreign governments when it could easily stay within the country.

Even more to the point, State Lotteries (a form of gambling with no skill involved whatsoever) are run by and actively advertised by State governments, are much more frequent outlets for Problem Gambling than poker is, and receive specefic a specific exemption in the text of the UIGEA.  This is hypocrisy, plain and simple.

1/14/2009 4:08 PM    
i could honestly  vote democrat for the rest of my life if obama would repeal the uigea. some people vote on abortion i vote solely on poker.i voted for obama but flushed the rest of my votes down the libertarian toilet. if this changes i will become a blind democrat automaton for the rest of my life...I AM COMPLETELY SERIOUS.

1/14/2009 4:08 PM    
By the way. AMEN to coloradonative's idea.

1/14/2009 4:09 PM    

President Obama I hope you are listening to what we want. We WANT!!! online poker back legally. Regulating and taxing poker as a legitimate business is the way to go.  The poker industry as a whole brings in anywhere from 3-10 billion a year, with and aequate tax rate for playing poker and the middle class worker in general our national debt will be paid off in no time.

1/14/2009 4:09 PM    
All of the arguments presented here are compelling enough to deserve quick action by your new administration, Mr. Obama. Admittedly there are more dire items to deal with immediately, but please don't let this opportunity slip by.

For me, a key issue is personal freedom. I play online poker all the time and should be able to do so without threat and interference by my government. Regulating online poker would make the game even more appealing because it could safeguard against possible cheating.

Please repeal or amend the ill-advised UIGEA asap and restore one of the freedoms that millions of Americans deserve. It's the right thing to do!  

1/14/2009 4:12 PM    
No one should have the right to tell me what I can do with my money but me. I am the one who works for it and shouldbe able to spend as I wish. Poker should be considered a sport and should be treatedas such due to the number of people who are getting involved
It should become a sport now because so many peopleenjoy it and are particapating in it as such.
Harold Box!

1/14/2009 4:12 PM    
Please undo this joke of a law (UIGEA)

1/14/2009 4:17 PM    
LOL.  I cant believe this is an issue.  But then again, different strokes for different folks.

1/14/2009 4:18 PM    
I'm a single-issue voter.  Support poker.

1/14/2009 4:18 PM    
This is long overdue......our Country is faced with problems unheard of for over 75 years..
let's spend more time on issues that impact all Americans....making it legal to participate in an online game of skill is a "no-brainer."

1/14/2009 4:20 PM    
Legalize it

1/14/2009 4:20 PM    
"Gambling is addictive and a tax on the poor...."

lol - so online poker is a tax on the poor but still have computers, internet connections and credit cards?

1/14/2009 4:20 PM    
This law invades my privacy and is a travesty.  Tax online poker and use the funds to support healthcare for all.

1/14/2009 4:22 PM    

I would like   President-elect Obama to see that  our right to play online poker in a safe and legal environment respected and protected be enacted.

1/14/2009 4:22 PM    
Legalize online poker right now!  Free up the economy!

1/14/2009 4:23 PM    

Please regulate Online Gaming in the Unites States, everybody will come out ahead with all the tax es and regulations. Poker should be a right it is a game of skill.

1/14/2009 4:23 PM    
The USA is the largest market participating in online poker. Instead of trying to ban it, the government should be helping to regulate it to ensure honesty & fairness as states do with lotteries, racetracks, casinos, etc. The federal government could then collect taxes on a multi-billion dollar industry and help decrease the federal deficit.

1/14/2009 4:24 PM    
WAKE UP! its time we take a stand. let us play and help with taxes, jobs, and so on. does the US know just how much money they are missing out on? buy a clue. (or can we even do that)?

1/14/2009 4:24 PM    
Mr. President,
Congratulations on a world changing election. I am very proud of you and your family and am very confident you will do an outstanding job for both terms :). Mr. President, please allow Americans to make the "CHOICE" to either play or don't play online poker. I am retired with a heart disability (only 53) and that is what I spend a good portion of my day playing, $1.00 - $5.00 nl hold-em tourneys, very harmless.
Thank You & God Bless

I know you have what our country needs right now, Good Luck and have fun with that new canine addition to your family!

1/14/2009 4:24 PM    
Yes Please! I am so sick of the Christian Gestapo! If they don't want to gamble fine but
telling others that they are immoral or don't have the right to play because people like Chad Hill are offended is ridiculous and infringes on my freedom. If the state are are so
worried about losing income from gambling, let them compete for the business like
everybody else!

1/14/2009 4:26 PM    
It's an economy boost for the USA if we do legalize it, that way american companies can host online poker rather than all of it stemming from Curraco, etc.

1/14/2009 4:29 PM    
Poker is a game of skill and should be regulated and taxed by the USA. Limiting personal freedom is against the american way that has made this country a great nation.

1/14/2009 4:30 PM    
allow it & regulate it & get a piece from all of the poker web sites

1/14/2009 4:30 PM    
I am surprised that, with so many poker loving presidents(!) this great country has had, and with the urgent need for increased tax revenue, we haven't already legalized online poker.

SAY YES, to all the tax money revenue!!!

SAY YES and start this Robin Hood machine

REGULATE and boost this nations economy with BILLIONS

Q man
1/14/2009 4:30 PM    


1/14/2009 4:31 PM    
I for one hate overbearing government regulations but this is one time it would be for the best.  If the government opened a legal site on which to play and offered a 2.5% rake on all games I am positive that every single person on the planet would begin playing on that site.  Please consider looking into how much money this adds up to and the good things that could be done with it.

1/14/2009 4:32 PM    
How crazy is it for the government of the land of the free to pass laws that block people from playing poker in their own homes?

1/14/2009 4:33 PM    
I do not think this is a pressing issue.

1/14/2009 4:35 PM    
WIN / WIN!!!  That's it.  Treat this like any other and taxable.  No one here has a problem with paying there taxes on it, so why not?

1/14/2009 4:35 PM    

1/14/2009 4:36 PM    
Virtually every person that plays poker online supports not only its legaization but its regulation and taxation!  We are willing to pay the price(taxes) to keep our freedom of choice (the right to play poker).  What other part of the constituency is willing to step up and do their part to bring more income into the nation!

1/14/2009 4:36 PM    
I second what cardsman says.  "I value the freedom to do with my money as I please in my own home.  I would hope that people realize that poker is a skill based game and exempt it from UIGEA."

1/14/2009 4:36 PM    
Ship it baby!

1/14/2009 4:37 PM    
I am a professional poker player and run a poker coaching website.  If the US legalized and regulated online poker they collect massive amounts of taxes on this currently 20 billion dollar industry.  Also we wouldnt have to worry about sites like Absolute poker if the US had its own sites.

1/14/2009 4:38 PM    
Please do our country a favor and fight to get the UIEGA repealed. As Americans we should not have ever had our freedom to play online poker taken away from us.

Why not just tax and regulate the industry as well? This way everyone wins and the American government can gain immensely in regards to tax revenues, something that we desperately need in this sluggish economy. Why let billions of dollars go to other countries when we can be taking it for our own good to help our country?

Poker is indeed a skill game. Yes of course there is luck involved. But then again there is luck involved with everything. Take for example the stock market. You may have made the best purchase possible, yet something devasting may happen such as the accounting department cooking the books. Bam there goes the stock price down to rock bottom and there you go losing your money. But overall on the long term if you make the best decisions possible you should come out a winner. Poker is no different.

I plead you to fight for the people's freedoms. I as well as many others are starting to feel like America is just not the same anymore.

When I filled in the circle for you on the ballot on Election Day I had the feeling that I was taking the first step towards having those feelings about America go away. Please do not let me and millions of Americans down!

1/14/2009 4:39 PM    
Even if we were to (incorrectly) summarize that online poker is gambling along the lines of other casino games, the UIGEA is poorly written legislation which has no hope of success.    Nowhere does it define what constitutes a wager, nor how banks are supposed to find the "needle in a haystack" which separate gambling transactions from the billions of others.

The UIGEA was passed in the most shady means possible, at the 11th hour by an outgoing Senator with a chip on his shoulder and frustration that he couldn't get it done fair and square.  The UIGEA deserves the same amount of scrutiny as any other legislation.  Nothing more, nothing less.

I'll leave the stuff about why poker should be treated separately to the hundreds and thousands of others who speak better than I.

1/14/2009 4:41 PM    

I can pretty much agree with all of the above comments. I enjoy the game, have much better odds than playing the state lotteries, and can pick and choose where and when I play. The Internet is just one more choice, and allows me to try myself against better players than I can find locally.

1/14/2009 4:43 PM    
Lets finally legalize online poker and boost the economy for everyone.

1/14/2009 4:43 PM    
I strongly support the reclassification of online poker within the UIGEA legislation. Poker is a game of skill, thus different from the rest of the online gambling covered by the UIGEA. Furthermore, forcing banking institutions to monitor such activities is a waste of resources. Taxing and regulating online poker would be a much more sensible and efficient approach in this time of economic turmoil.

1/14/2009 4:43 PM    
PLZZZZZ AMERICA!!!!  Is this not the land of the FREE!?!?!?   Regulate and legalize online poker!!  For this game is even a part of our heritage, a part of our history as Americans!!  Hell our first US President even played it!!!!!!!!  God Bless to all!!!!! =)

1/14/2009 4:44 PM    
Hope you Change poker to be legal again.

1/14/2009 4:44 PM    
mizter obama...3bet this bitch with all your venom and spite and let us rejoice once again

1/14/2009 4:44 PM    
1) Prohibition can't be enforced.
2) Therefore, you're just losing wealth to foreign online poker rooms.
3) Poker isn't a game of chance -- it is determined by skill.  This sets it uniquely apart from other casino games.

1/14/2009 4:45 PM    
I believe Online Poker should be legalized in the United States and every other country as far as that matters. I t should be the peoples right to play a friendly game of  online poker in the privacy of their own home or so where ever they choose to. I honestly believe that it would also create great revenues for this country in a time of need. Revenues that the USA shouldnt just turn a blind eye to. And as I said earlier, it should be My right to decide whether I want to play a friendly game of online poker,,(not the goverments)!!!!!

1/14/2009 4:47 PM    
Please repeal this law, Legalize Regulate and tax this is a skill game of poker . And as a member of Poker Player's Alliance this is an important issue to all poker players .  

The passage of the UIGEA was wrong and should not have been passed in the first place .

1/14/2009 4:48 PM    

Poker is a game of skill and should be treated as such.  Regulation will be much more effective and beneficial to all involved than a total ban.

1/14/2009 4:49 PM    
tax and regulate: easy money for uncle sam, legal poker for players. no brainer.

1/14/2009 4:49 PM    
The legalization of online poker would benefit the U.S. economy through additional tax revenue while restoring the ability for players to easily partake in this activity. Additionally, it would ensure that those rare companies that try to cheat Americans could be punished in a court of law instead of hiding in offshore havens.

1/14/2009 4:50 PM    
Agree 100% with AAHue.  Legalize and Regulate online poker!

Ben A
1/14/2009 4:51 PM    
Anyone concerned over underage poker players and hiding behind this law is an imbecile. I played online poker, while underage, both before and after UIGEA went into effect. I can tell you from experience that all this law has done is make it harder for me to put my money at the tables, which I still do anyway. I am now of age to play at those poker sites that choose to accept American players. Not only would I like easier access to poker sites, I am more than willing to pay taxes on my winnings. Regulate and tax, and allow the poker industry to operate on American soil. In these hard economic times, it gives a boost (albeit a small one) to our fragile economy.

1/14/2009 4:53 PM    
Please keep our freedom intact & legalize, regulate & tax.  Everyone will win.  Thank you.

1/14/2009 4:54 PM    
I can't see a reason for online poker to be illegal.  It just doesn't make sense.  Seriously.

1/14/2009 4:55 PM    
I have confidence that the new administration will use logic and common sense.  People are going to continue to play poker on the Internet. The only question is, why wouldn't we want to regulate, and therefore tax the industry. Playing poker should not be a crime. It is a game of skill enjoyed by millions. Please stop the madness AND generate much needed revenue at the same time. Thanks for the opportunity to share my point of view and wishing the entire team good luck with the tasks ahead.

1/14/2009 4:55 PM    
American's are spending money on online poker anyways... why not let America profit from this?

It does not hurt anyone, and there are already systems in place within the programs for online gambling to set limits for people with problems

1/14/2009 4:56 PM    
Playing poker - whether it be online or in a live casino - is no different from investing in the stock market (at least at the individual investor level . . . industrial investors might be a different story): One takes one's own money and takes calculated risk in exchange for (hopefully) financial rewards, both short- and long-term.  A proper investment/playing strategy will shield the investor's/player's capital from temporary down-turns and will yield positive returns in the long run; of course, improper asset management (such as taking too much risk and/or over-leveraging) can certainly lead to great financial losses, but investors/players with discipline and average or above-average skill can certainly expect to come out ahead in the long run.  In the short run, of course, luck and/or other outside influences can certainly distort the effectiveness of one's investment/playing strategy -- both positively or negatively -- and both in poker and in the stock market, for every short-term winner, there is a loser (this is, of course, more directly apparent at a poker table as opposed to the vast, somewhat intangible stock market, but no less true.  I used to be a financial adviser, and I have been playing poker full-time, mostly online, for about 18 months now, so I know what I am talking about.

It is ridiculous that the government would try to outlaw either one of these very valid forms of making money, and it is even more ridiculous that the government would pass up the opportunity to properly regulate and tax either one of these industries.  The UIGEA is a poorly conceived piece of legislation, no matter how you look at it, and would have NEVER been able to pass had it not been snuck by Congress and the American public attached to the must-pass Port Security bill in a clandestine, highly shady (at best) and criminally unethical (at worst) fashion.

1/14/2009 4:57 PM    
Repeal UIGEA. This is a game of skill, and the government shouldn't be legalizing what it perceives as morality.

1/14/2009 4:57 PM    
Cigarettes has no benefits and kills many people every year, but it's legal in the U.S.  
Alcohol gets abused and people ruin their lives over consuming too much, but alcohol is still legal in the U.S.  Drinking and driving is dangerous and people keep doing this bc alcohol is lega.
Online poker has never killed anybody and doesn't harm responsible individuals, but it's illegal in the U.S.
It looks like a new law should be written to separate online poker from other online casino games.  Online poker is played against other players and not the House.  This should separate the fact that skill is involved, and sometimes luck, which makes this game great fun and sometimes profitable.  
Cigs and alcohol are taxed highly.   Online poker, if taxed, can bring billions a year to our economy and open up more jobs.  
Why would online porn be legal, but not online poker??  How does that make sense?
Online poker should be legalized in the U.S.

1/14/2009 4:57 PM    
Legalize and tax it. The same should be done for marijuana.

1/14/2009 4:57 PM    
Poker is a game of skill that has a very rich history in this country.  Some of this countries most influential people play and have played poker.  Why allow other countries to benefit from this growing industry, while we stand by and watch?

M.F. Huntington
1/14/2009 4:58 PM    
It is innocuous, and would represent a ready stream of new tax revenue. No waiting!

1/14/2009 4:58 PM    
Not only can we keep money in the U.S.A., citizens money would be safer in American casinos instead of forgein companies in 3rd world countries,

1/14/2009 4:58 PM    
"Please keep our freedom intact & legalize, regulate & tax.  Everyone will win.  Thank you"

This ^^^^^^

1/14/2009 5:00 PM    
Online Poker is my main source of income, please regulate it and make it legal!

Mr. Brown
1/14/2009 5:03 PM    
Legalize Online Poker! Regulate it!
Its Win/Win for the US

1/14/2009 5:03 PM    
I think that the people who live here in the USA needs to have the right to player poker online. A lot of these poker gambling gaming sites are based overseas by the Bush Administration. Whenever I would want to try my luck or my gaming skills online. Just about all of the gambling sites that I go to are basically based overseas. Me and the rest of the people who play poker can only play offline in certain states where gambling is allowed, but not online. That is what I would call mean and rude. Just for the sake of it. I am a big gambler. I do a lot of my gambling offline. I just can't do it online, because of the Bush Administration that has made a lot of these gambling websites overseas which is not fair. There is a lot people here in the states who do a lot of gambling. We need to have the right to play online, not just offline. We also need to make gambling offline fair to everyone too. I do like the idea of making gambling at a casino legal in all 50 states not just a few.

Please President Obama. I would like for you to support poker and make it legal for everybody here in the states to play poker online in all of the 50 states.

Thank You.

1/14/2009 5:03 PM    
Millions of US citizens are playing online poker regardless of what politicians think.  There will always be a way around these silly laws.

1/14/2009 5:04 PM    
keep poker on line alive it keeps money in the economy and keeps people in the safety of their homes. poker should be a personel choice for anyone who wants to play.

1/14/2009 5:05 PM    
"Playing poker - whether it be online or in a live casino - is no different from investing in the stock market (at least at the individual investor level . . . industrial investors might be a different story): One takes one's own money and takes calculated risk in exchange for (hopefully) financial rewards, both short- and long-term.  A proper investment/playing strategy will shield the investor's/player's capital from temporary down-turns and will yield positive returns in the long run; of course, improper asset management (such as taking too much risk and/or over-leveraging) can certainly lead to great financial losses, but investors/players with discipline and average or above-average skill can certainly expect to come out ahead in the long run.  In the short run, of course, luck and/or other outside influences can certainly distort the effectiveness of one's investment/playing strategy -- both positively or negatively -- and both in poker and in the stock market, for every short-term winner, there is a loser (this is, of course, more directly apparent at a poker table as opposed to the vast, somewhat intangible stock market, but no less true.  I used to be a financial adviser, and I have been playing poker full-time, mostly online, for about 18 months now, so I know what I am talking about.

It is ridiculous that the government would try to outlaw either one of these very valid forms of making money, and it is even more ridiculous that the government would pass up the opportunity to properly regulate and tax either one of these industries.  The UIGEA is a poorly conceived piece of legislation, no matter how you look at it, and would have NEVER been able to pass had it not been snuck by Congress and the American public attached to the must-pass Port Security bill in a clandestine, highly shady (at best) and criminally unethical (at worst) fashion." - eggkorki


1/14/2009 5:06 PM    
Eliminate one of the former administration's most shameful acts when the Republican Party manipulated an important vote on a homeland security bill to legislate the agenda of their lobbyists and repeal this loathesome law.  Poker is a great American tradition.  Regulated online poker in America would boost the economy and protect American citizens.  Ante up, President Obama!!!

1/14/2009 5:06 PM    
I love soon to be former President Bush. He is a great leader, with great ideas, and it is sad to see him go. Unfortunatly I didnt agree with his ban on online poker, that was just....wrong. People have the right to gamble their money away as they choose, and I believe that stopping them from doing it from the comfort of their own homes and/or business, is a rights violation. This is just my opinion, I really hope we get this legalized though, that would be spectacular.

1/14/2009 5:06 PM    
"..., liberty and the pursuit of happiness."   need I say more

1/14/2009 5:09 PM    
Clearly a no loss idea.  Enhance people's liberty and generate revenue for the government.

1/14/2009 5:09 PM    
Please repeal this ridiculous law and make online poker 100% legal.  Failure to do so impinges on law abiding citizens' freedoms.  

Lotteries and horse racing are legal to gamble on online.  It is hypocritical for governments to endorse and advertise for lotteries when they are games of luck, and a high percentage of the money paid does not go back to the players, while some lawmakers think we need to be "protected" from gambling on a skill game like poker.

I am allowed by my state to play poker in casinos, away from my family, for stakes as high as $30/$60 blinds and bets, while my rights to play for pennies online are being assaulted.

This is supposed to be a free country.  Law abiding adults should be free to make decisions about how to spend their time and money if it doesn't hurt anyone else.  Please make online poker 100% legal in America.

1/14/2009 5:10 PM    

Well, I firmly believe that as long as there can be KENO, Lottery Tickets, RACETRACK betting games, QUICK pick etc..etc..etc...placed quite conspicuously in establishments that either serve alcohol, sell it (liquour stores), and seem to market heavily to the lower income bracket..... in MANY states......when these 'games' have NO skill involved....the odds of winning are INCREDIBLY low.... (better odds just going all in every hand in hold em poker ) then how can ANY government say that in a sense preys on the poor, and uneducated by dangling a carrot of millions in front of them at every turn, and then sells them a 1 in a million chance....say online gambling, which is game where skill DOES increase your odds....should be illegal.  

Forget what's right even....just look at what could be PROFITABLE for the gov..   I would GLADLY have my 'rake' go to MY state, or MY country, rather then some overseas company.


David Kubler

1/14/2009 5:15 PM    
Make this change happen Obama!

1/14/2009 5:17 PM    
This is a classic no brainer. As it stands now an american can not start up an online site for a uniquely american game of poker. It has to be done outside our borders. We have already shipped so much of our auto industry and textile manufacturing out of the U.S. Now with the UIGEA, simple minds want a preemtive strike against a new industry for the U.S. and the potential revenue it can create for our country. Oh, but and horse racing is O.K.  Please bring sanity to Washington. Lets stop shooting ourselves in the foot.

1/14/2009 5:17 PM    
Please help repeal another of George Bush's religious right wing intrusion on our lives.  Why are total ganes of chance (state lotteries) legal but a game of skill is not?  Poker players pay taxes on their winnings.  Regulate poker and let us help generate tax revenue while enjoying our game of skill.  Please allow Americans the freedom to play a game that enjoyed worldwide.  Southern Baptist mentality isn't good for democracy!

1/14/2009 5:22 PM    
Yes the moral high ground is really the vent of a volcano.  "people losing their houses?" .  Do away with every state lottery, and then maybe that high ground won't explode under you.   Lots of skill in lotteries.  You do not see many well off people playing the lottery, its the opium of the masses, and it s sold to them by the governments who can't  stay out of my house while I play a little 5ct poker game once in a while.

1/14/2009 5:24 PM    
A digrace that ths went this far in the frst place. People from all over the world mock Amercan Poker players because of ther lack of freedoms as a result of the Replicans marching to the beat of religious fantatics. It's an embarrasment, as is the way these laws were placed n the first place - midght decisons tactifully attached to other bills not taking into account in any way shape or form the freedoms this country promses its people. I respect regulation,  don't respect an online poker ban, it is a skill game as has been well documented.

1/14/2009 5:25 PM    
Let the retired person who is stuck at home play poker legally.

1/14/2009 5:26 PM    
Poker is one of americas favorit passtimes. Personaly one of mine. It is brodcasted on most telivision channels now, and it growing and growing in popularity. The only problem with this is that there are limited places you can legally play this game. These places are casinos, where the profits of the game go to the casino owners who are already rich and dont need anymore money.   This leads to people holding illegal games at their houses and people playing illegally online. For me, i live in Maryland and there is nowhere to legally play. I would have to go to Atlantic City, New Jersy to play in a casino which is 4 and a half hours away.  Thus making me and alot of other people in Maryland want our right to play online safely and securly without the fear of being prosicuted. If the game was legalized online, and taxed properly by the government, it could raise an unimaginable amout of money for our nation which is deeply in debt and inneed of help. It only makes sence to legalize poker online and tax it so that our nation and prospur from the money americans are spending to play poker online, because right now americans are giving billions of dollars to other countries that are hosting the current online poker sites. It only makes sence to keep that money in the U.S. and use it to help the country as a whole. Thank you for your time.
Brent V

1/14/2009 5:31 PM    
The law banning online poker has to be the most ridiculous law passed during the past eight years. Admittedly, people have not died because of it and it really does not matter to most Americans, but it is a stupid law.

1/14/2009 5:31 PM    
We are all still playing poker online.  The only thing the UIGEA has done is prevent the US government from taxing online play.

Tax poker!

1/14/2009 5:31 PM    
Legalize online poker.  Individuals should have the right to legally use the Internet as they see fit.  For most it is an enjoyable form of entertainment.  We do not need Big Brother telling us what we can or cannot do.  Also, for some, going to a casino is not an option.  I believe the elderly, especially, can have fun with online poker, without having to leave the comfort of their homes.  The UIGEA was a political back-door flush.  It's time to get rid of it for good!

1/14/2009 5:33 PM    
Poker is America's game of SKILL and should be legalized. Many players have devoted years to learning the subtleties of the game and are passionate about it. Poker is no more of a gamble than playing the stock market which is legalized gambling. In fact anyone can open an etrade account and make decisions with their own money for hundreds or thousands of dollars. That's what we do. We make decisions in a game that pays our mortgages our vacations and childrens education. There is no such thing as a lifetime winning Craps player- there are lifetime poker winners. Poker is a game of skill, which some can learn and profit from. Some people have learned to play the stock market and make money that way. We are just asking for the same opportunity. We have a very specific skill set and make a living doing what we love. There is nothing criminal about it and we should be allowed as Americans to pursue an honest living anyway we can.

1/14/2009 5:34 PM    
Every bit of this bill is dirty including the way it was attached to Port security and passed in the dead of the night.

Poker should be legal and regulated online and live.  Billions of tax income is now flowing overseas because of America's backwardness on this issue (which our friends in the UK don't share).

1/14/2009 5:34 PM    
Poker is not a crime! , make it legal like in every other developed country! , its a game of skill!

1/14/2009 5:35 PM    
Legalize online poker NOW!!!!!!!!!

1/14/2009 5:36 PM    
I'm a hard working full time professional in the financial services industry.  I am very responsible and contribute to our society.  I also play poker as a hobby and consider it unfair to outlaw an online channel for the same game is is legally accepted in the brick and mortar world.   I understand some people may not be responsible, may not work or may play with funds they can't afford to lose.  That is unfortunate and yet  I expect more of those the legislation is designed to protect are still gaming in live casinos and moreover in non-skill games.  More people who work and play on the 'Net' are well educated, responsible working people with sufficient funds and responsibility to make their own choices.  Poker should be regulated to ensure safety and taxed to bring funds back 'home' rather than allow offshore companies to be the biggest beneficiaries of the huge opportunity online poker brings.   Let's bring that income back to the US.

listen to the people
1/14/2009 5:39 PM    
listen to the people

1/14/2009 5:40 PM    
There's nothing more absurd than a Government regulating the population in matters they have no business regulating.  Free the poker!

1/14/2009 5:40 PM    
Repeal UIGEA.

1/14/2009 5:40 PM    
If this country really is the land of the FREE, we cannot be unfree to play a simple game of cards online. IDK about taxes hehe, but the game can no longer be criminalized. No one's going to lose out on this: government gets money, players get money, players get ENJOYMENT. The only losers are bad poker players, and it's their fault for playing in the first place. So..........there is nothing wrong with it. Do it. Do it.

1/14/2009 5:43 PM    
Repeal UIGIA, surprised frankly this is even an issue.  We aren't asking for online lottery to be allowed or KENO, Poker is a skill game.

Repeal and collect the taxes and let companies in the US make money for providing the service instead of letting others profit overseas due to our (current) backward policy!

Repeal it.....

1/14/2009 5:43 PM    
Stop the hypocrisy and legalize online poker now.  Tax it and regulate it.

1/14/2009 5:44 PM    
Online Poker is uniquely American. It takes a classic American game that is related to the American West and uses it innovative ways with American Technology in a great combination. Legislating away American ingenuity that utilizes an American technology funded by the United States government is not only illogical and wrong, but is in fact, one of the reasons why we are having problems with the economy that we do.

1/14/2009 5:45 PM    
The UIGEA must be overturned. This law is a blatant and gross violation of our right as Americans.

1/14/2009 5:45 PM    
Cryeye, lets play some cards already.

1/14/2009 5:46 PM    
Online Poker is a game of skill.  It should be regulated and taxed to raise.

This will help keep the games legitimate and in full view of a regulatory board and it will also provide revenue to the US government.

It will be impossible to completely shut down online poker.  Prohibition doesn't work.  Regulation is the correct path.

1/14/2009 5:46 PM    
agree with everything that everyone is saying about online poker...i rely on it to make a living and am living out my american dream in doing so and hope that america would never take away my right to persue my dreams.

1/14/2009 5:47 PM    
I agree that legalizing online gaming can be a great help for the government to make money on it.  So much is going through the system that it will generate billions of dollars of revenue for the government to pay for what is needed and allow us to do that which we enjoy doing legally.

1/14/2009 5:48 PM    
At this tough time in our American history, the government can use every dollar it can get. Since poker is a game of skill and dates back to our beginning and has been played by presidents to the common man over the years, why not have the government regulate it and tax it. This way the government gets money and we as a people who enjoy and some make there living playing can all come together for the greater good and it will be a win win for everyone.

1/14/2009 5:49 PM    
Poker is a really fun, entertaining game, and American citizens enjoy playing it. What could be the harm in legalizing online poker, while using it to help us out of our recession by federal regulation of its use? It should be a basic right of an American to play poker online, and I feel that the Obama administration will make the correct decision with regard to this matter.

1/14/2009 5:49 PM    
Billions in tax revenue!

1/14/2009 5:49 PM    
In 2008 my vote was heavily impacted by this issue and it will continue to be in the future.  I don't need the government to protect me from myself.

1/14/2009 5:50 PM    
Get it regulated and in the meantime fix the system to not allow bills to sneak under the radar the way this one did.

The right way to go about it - the ethical to repeal this law because of the circumstances under which it went under effect in the first place. (The Ports Act).

Regulate it, tax it, but do not allow this right to be taken away. We are not criminals because we play.

1/14/2009 5:50 PM    
Mr. President-elect,

I voted for you for many reasons, and your election was inspiring. However the primary reason you got my vote is because I felt you were the candidate who was most likely to have enough common sense to repeal a silly law like UIGEA, and allow online poker players the freedom to play in peace.

Uncle Harvey
1/14/2009 5:52 PM    

Online poker should be legal. It does not need to be taxed or regulated. I am sure there are already laws in place to punish people who commit fraud and for sites that might take advantage of their customers. We are already overtaxed and adding one more tax to poker is just one more reason to detest Government interference into our right to be free people.

Each night you can find over 100,000 people playing poker online. They play mostly for low stakes. This has been the case for several years. I have yet to see the crash of civilzation caused by any of this.

Liberally Inclined
1/14/2009 5:55 PM    
With the state of the economy and amount of national debt its shameful that the government chose to pursue iniriatives like UGIEA which could generate a sizable amount of revenue for American companies, private citizens and the government itself. Hopefully the new administration is more versatile in its outlook and will take advantage of  mutually beneficient opportutunities such as these.
By neglecting to do so the federal government only shows that it deserves to remain in the fiscal crises it generated.

1/14/2009 5:56 PM    
We should tax and regulate it, and allow Americans to enjoy the same freedoms as the citizens of every other western democracy.  This is a good source of revenue for the country

1/14/2009 5:57 PM    
Poker is as American as baseball and apple pie. It is a game of skill enjoyed by many people from all walks of life.

The freedom of Americans to enjoy this pastime should not be infringed upon; nor should the government pass up the opportunity to gain another source of revenue while ensuring a safe legal playing field for players in this country.

David Hamilton
1/14/2009 6:00 PM    
Online poker should be legal and regulated.  Please stop using taxpayer dollar's to prevent people from playing games they choose to play.  There is tons of tax revenue that can be collected.  

Also, prohibiting it will never be successful, and causes unregulated gambling to be propped up, which is actually causing more damage than legal online gambling would cause.

1/14/2009 6:01 PM    
Please repeal UIGEA and decriminalize online poker. Bringing Poker back to America will create jobs a dn tax revenue and does little harm as UIGEA is ineffective and unenforced anyway. The idea of making online poker illegal is a lose/lose idea.

1/14/2009 6:02 PM    

Why should Americans feel like they are criminals for playing poker? Isn't this the land of the free? UIGEA is an underhanded legislation passed in the midnight hour attached to the port security bill. It's unfair and totally unamerican for such a bill to exist in the USA.

1/14/2009 6:02 PM    

We are Americans and the UIGEA is another infringement on the rights of all of us as adults.  Regulate it, tax it, and make it legal.

1/14/2009 6:02 PM    
Poker is a game of skill, one which should be represented as a basic freedom. Those that choose to play should be able to, within our basic rights.

For those who do not play, vote up, why? Because simply put, the taxes that would come from poker winnings would help boost and stimulate this economy, especially at a time where we need an economic revival the most right now.

Go ahead, VOTE UP!

shipppp it make poker legal FTW!!!

- JBuck

1/14/2009 6:02 PM    
I should be about to play poker online in my home. America is the home of the free.

1/14/2009 6:04 PM    
Poker is a game of skill played against others.  Unfortunately it is often confused with other games where the players play against the house; that is gambling.  Does it need regulation??  In the sense to prevent certain players from gaining an unfair advantage (see "Pro Button"), yes.  In any event, if a site is even rumored to have enabled such an advantage to take place then the players will leave in droves.

There is one condition:  prevent players from using credit cards to depost and "reload" their accounts.  I know players in other countries can use credit cards; as Americans let's lead the way in saying no.  Pokerstars accepts Western Union (and used to accept others) and there are limits as to frequency and amount of deposits.  Let's maintain this standard.  I know it is not convenient but it will prevent people from maxing out their 5-figure credit cards in one night "trying to win it back" after one loss.

1/14/2009 6:05 PM    
I am an adult and I don't have a gambling problem and I am a responsible member of my community and the government should not try to prevent me from playing poker if I so choose.  I can't imagine a scenario where it is their business...  it is my risk to take and I take it with full knowledge.

1/14/2009 6:06 PM    
I think government should stay out of this. People like to play poker and there is nothing wrong with gambling on the internet. It's a game of skill plus the government is going to make money from this so why is it illegal?  Why  can't americans have the right to play poker online.  If taxes are paid from this why does government want to stop it. I think government should stay out of this and this is not the time since the economy is already in terrible shape why do you want to make it worse.


1/14/2009 6:08 PM    
It is time to let American adults play on line poker without government interference. Make it legal and let us play in peace.

CJ Church
1/14/2009 6:09 PM    
To try and mandate that banks and other financial institutions try and monitor millions of transactions to screen for on line gambling deposits and withdrawals is ridiculous.  These institutions are having enough trouble during this time as it is, let alone taking on the massive cost and task of combing through millions of transactions every day to stop me from pulling $100 out of my Full Tilt account.

1/14/2009 6:09 PM    
Make is safe, make it legal,repeal UIGEA

1/14/2009 6:09 PM    
Please legalize online poker playing for citizens of the United States. It is lots of fun and it will help to get rid of illegal web sites that allow poker as well. Thanks you.

1/14/2009 6:10 PM    
Please legalize online poker. I live in Kentucky, a state where I do not have access to legal card rooms. It is perfectly ok to bet on the lottery online, or horse racing, or bingo....activities in which I have no control, yet the Government is trying to take away my right to participate in a game of skill such as poker.

In such rough economic times, regulating and taxing legal, online poker could bring in a considerable amount of much needed revenue. Banks and financial institutions in the U.S. have enough problems to deal with already, without being asked to be act as online cops, deciding which transactions are legitmate and which are going to illegal gaming activities such as online roulette.

Hot Tub
1/14/2009 6:10 PM    
USA = Freedom.  It's time to make on line poker legal.

1/14/2009 6:11 PM    
what a great way to start a online poker

1/14/2009 6:11 PM    

Legalize online poker. It would be much better to have a regulated industry.

Besides - it is ridiculous for the government, who already get to decide how a substantial amount of my income is spent through taxes, to decide on what I should spend the rest.

I enjoy playing poker for miniscule stakes (winning or losing perhaps $4 in a session).

I voted for Obama for many reasons - and although this issue may not be as weighty as some of the other ones facing our country let's repeal the nannny state, Republican led, assault on our freedom to play poker online.

1/14/2009 6:14 PM    
Legalize online poker, regulate it and have it ran from the US to create more jobs and make it less likely to be corrupt

1/14/2009 6:15 PM    
Legalize online poker so the US can profit from it and so that Americans can have the ability to play. This way the government can also regulate it.

Jennifer G.
1/14/2009 6:15 PM    
This comment will be like throwing a pebble in the ocean, but I strongly disagree with policies that promote gambling. Addiction to gambling does serious harm to many thousands of people every year, and, like other addictions, it preys mostly on people who are already vulnerable due to poverty, lack of education, and personal turmoil. While poker may seem like just a fun game to some people, giving easy access to this type of gambling will provide a pathway to destruction for hundreds of thousands of people. Yes, alcohol, shopping, and other legal addictions are also deadly... but legalizing this one will not help.

I feel especially strongly about this because our country has been consistently cutting back on mental health care benefits. If we continue to legalize gambling in various forms, we need to increase access to effective treatment programs for those who are ensnared by the gambling addiction trap. The mental health parity law does not go far enough, because it does not mandate coverage. It's a catch-22 to legalize online gambling while also cutting back mental health care. The wellbeing of our citizens needs to be the number one concern of our government and we need policies that are consistently focused on the wellbeing of all.

1/14/2009 6:15 PM    
Outlawing internet poker while indian casinos sprout up around every corner is hypocritical.  By making internet poker clearly legal the Federal government can help make playing online poker a safer experience.

The US governement could make reporting winnings and losses to the IRS (and players of course) a condition for access to the US poker market.  This would greatly reduce lost tax revenue due to unreported poker winnings.

1/14/2009 6:17 PM    
This is a game I have enjoyed playing over the years. As I grow older, it becomes harder and harder to make the long trip to a caasino. In addition, playing online gives me the advantage of playing in the comfort and safety of my home. This should not be a matter of criminal enforcement, an illegal, back alley type of indlgence. Legalizing poker gaming online will encourage more peope to play, thus adding revenue to an already troubled economy. Playing for "real" money instead of for points is like the difference of playing basketball on a court instead of playing a video game. While both are enjoyable in their own respect, it is a world of difference when something is on the line. That just seems to be human nature and the enjoyment and thrill of competition.

Boojie Boy
1/14/2009 6:19 PM    
America was founded on gambling.  The fact that Indian casinos and racetracks are legal, but inrternet poker (a game of skill) is not is a travesty.

1/14/2009 6:20 PM    
Online poker should have been legalized and regulated a long time ago.  Don't let a few minority interest groups trump the wishes of the vast majority of Americans.

1/14/2009 6:20 PM    
This is what you guys want? This is what you ask the United States Government to do? No:end the war, prosecute war criminals, healthcare, energy issues... this is what you want: high-speed trains and online gambling. What a country! LOL ; O )

Brian R.
1/14/2009 6:23 PM    
As a game of skill and not one of chance, online poker should be excluded from the UIGEA and made a legal, so it can be regulated and kept transparent.  The law has failed to prohibit Americans from playing online poker, but it has forced hundred of thousands of us who enjoy the game to establish off-shore accounts and play in games that have the potential to victimize its players.  With legalization and regulation, the United States government will create a secure environment for the poker players and open revenue generating opportunities for governments.  Change this law and bring protections to the American poker player.

1/14/2009 6:24 PM    
So many good points. I would just like to agree with pretty much everyone here. =)

1/14/2009 6:26 PM    
It's simple actually.
1. The industry employs 10s of thousands
2. This was entered into the safe port act under cover of darkness
3. Just look at 1 of your largest states laws California see poker as a game of skill.
4. Give us the freedom to decide for ourselves

Thank you for your time and effort and good luck in your presidency!

Warren Karp
Poker MD

1/14/2009 6:26 PM    
I think investing in the stock market is less of a sure thing that playing poker for me these days. I think there are millions who would pay  taxes on there winnings and really want to be above board with there online poker winnings. I think that there should at least be an avenue to play and pay.

1/14/2009 6:27 PM    
Remove online poker from the UIGEA legislation.  Poker can trace its history in the US back to Wild Bill Hickock.  We have presidents, legislators, and supreme court justices who along with millions of US citizens enjoy playing poker.  It is wrong to try and make playing poker online a criminal offense.  Instead we need to regulate and tax the online poker industry.  Our country needs the revenue and the jobs.

1/14/2009 6:28 PM    
just leave me and my poker alone please.

1/14/2009 6:28 PM    
In 2007, a single poker site (Party Poker) brought in more money that every casino in America combined (roughly $8.9 billion). If online gambling were legalized and regulated, imagine how much tax revenue that would create for our country? And that is just one site. There are hundreds of online gambling sites that could be taxed. Think about it. This is a resource that has not been contemplated fairly and this decision is easy to make given the state of our economy.

1/14/2009 6:30 PM    
chairman-lets get rid of the hypocracy-legas lotteries and not a game of skill is hard to stomach

1/14/2009 6:31 PM    
There is too much government intrusion in our lives.  Give us the right to play online poker.

1/14/2009 6:32 PM    
Currently millions of US dollars are going to other countries with zero tax liability to the industryl  Wise up, America.  Regulate it and reap the taxable benefits by creating a GIANT new competitor to the international market.

1/14/2009 6:33 PM    

Lets get to the point follow the same path England does they tax online pokerwages, and provide a set of guidlines for the companies to follow---the players are protected--and the tax man gets his piece of the pie. Everyone wins

1/14/2009 6:35 PM    
All I will say is that I enjoy playing online poker. Allthough I am not vary good I play for the fun of the game. My SKILL level is improving as I learn something at allmost every table I play.

Legalize online poker PLEASE.

1/14/2009 6:36 PM    
Keep this part of the economy legal and operations and profit within our United States.

1/14/2009 6:42 PM    
UIGEA will not stop Americans from playing poker online.  Last time I looked, I saw 80,000 players, most of them from the US.  And that's just one site!  Please allow American businessed to profit from these players, and please allow us poker players the dignity of playing legally.  

1/14/2009 6:42 PM    
The banks and the financial services industry have enough to worry about.  Enforcement of the UIEGA would further harm banks profitability which would negatively impact corporate tax revenue, lending abilities (isn't that what Tarp is supposed to promote?), etc.

Poker is a game of skill.  Make online poker legal, regulate and tax it.  Win win for everyone.

1/14/2009 6:42 PM    
Poker is a game of skill!

1/14/2009 6:42 PM    
Regulate and tax.

1/14/2009 6:42 PM    
When poker is legal, it can be regulated like all other gambling (as it is so well in Nevada), and the income can be taxed.  This protects Americans, and allows them the freedom to enjoy an American pastime, and American game, and American freedom.

1/14/2009 6:42 PM    
> The President today signed The Port Security Bill, The new law
> authorizes $400 million a year for port security grants over five
> years and establishes three pilot programs to evaluate the feasibility
> of scanning 100 percent of U.S.-bound cargo containers for nuclear and
> radiological material at foreign seaports.
> Attached to this Bill was the Internet Gambling Restriction.
> If I were a betting man, I'd bet that a taxed and regulated Internet
> Gambling Industry could generate the $400 million needed to finance
> the Port Security Bill......Or we could borrow the money from China.
> We only use offshore gambling sites because there isn't an American
> Company alternative. Imagine if you can. An American company
> employing tax paying Americans, buying American computers, using
> American solfware writers and technicians.
> $400 Million for Port Security,
> Maybe $20 million extra towards the deficit,
> Freedom to play Poker at home online, PRICELESS
> Nick Toscano

Free Poker
1/14/2009 6:43 PM    
It is my fervent hope that your administration will reverse the erosion of civil liberties that we have seen in recent years.

Poker is a relatively trivial liberty, but in some ways that makes it more frightening that some in our government want to deny us the right to play. Where does it end? This is supposed to be the land of the FREE.

It is NOT American to "protect us from ourselves", but even those who feel that way have no basis for argument.  

It is completely hypocritical to outlaw Poker when we have state run lotteries that are arguably far more damaging to a much wider population group, and far more accessible to those who can least afford it.  State run lotteries take dollars and give back pennies, and there is nothing a player can do to improve those odds.

Reverse this ridiculous law that was passed in the dead of night.  It's a small start to undoing the wrongs of the past few years.

1/14/2009 6:44 PM    
Online Poker is a billion dollar a year industry that if taxed could stimulate the economy tremendously.  Taxed income through online poker could pave a way to lowering taxes on other things and with that the people have more money to spend (not to mention the money for online poker would stay within the country instead of going outside the country as it currently is doing).  This could only lead to the up and up if the UIGEA is repealed.

1/14/2009 6:44 PM    
Legalize it!

1/14/2009 6:44 PM    
What else possibly be said! Can you tell poker is very popular?

1/14/2009 6:47 PM    
Mr. Obama legalizing online poker is a great way to increase income for our government.  have there been studys on the amounts of money that is used by online gamblers as it is?  Just imagine how many people are avoiding paying taxes because they fear getting in trouble.  

I know some decisions are purley political, but i beg of you to rethink this issue.  You have thousands upon thousands still playing online poker every single day!  everyday JOE's and even the well off.  It is a game of skill, and supports many people that play professionally .

I used to play scratch offs on a normal basis until i found POKER.  I would now prefer to play poker for money because the odss are controled by what i do.  Lotto is gambling but with no control of what happens to your money either u win or lose.  In poker you can use your poker skills to control th outcome.

The American people want poker legalized and don't mind being taxed for their winnings.  This is an issue worth walking across the aisle for.  This could even help the gambling idustry in the US as it is.  Why let so much money go to other countries that allow gambling?

Thank you for your time

1/14/2009 6:48 PM    
Please repeal UIGEA. This law accomplishes little and takes away much. Those who have lost out have not done so unwillingly nor at the hands any morally unacceptable machinery, so what is it that keeps this stigma?

Do away with the anti-freedom legislation forwarded by small minds in high places set on low ends!!!!

1/14/2009 6:49 PM    

Dear Mr. President Obama.

Please (Overturn the UIGEA) it is not fare to the American PEOPLE who play poker on line period you know it and WE know it.! YOU can do it and we beleive in you. PLEASE protect our FREEDOMS AS THEY ARE OUR  MOST IMPORTANT  TO AMERICANS



1/14/2009 6:50 PM    
I can drive 170 to Albuquerque and play in any # of casinos but yet being diabled and it is diffcult to travel online poker is about the only entertainment I get please regulate and tax this industry and return the decision making in my life  to me!!!!!!!!!!!

Bluff Nick
1/14/2009 6:51 PM    
Let us play!!! We don't mind being taxed and regulated....

1/14/2009 6:52 PM    
I like you Mr. Obama. I am not sure if you are the real deal or not, but you sure do have me interested in what could be the greatest time in American history. Let us as American citizens have our God given rights again, please. I struggle to understand just how we got to this point without anyone's conscious getting in the way. This issue of online poker is such a trivial one. Let us play. Ok. Done. Now can we move on to fixing the mess of a country we are living in before it's too late? Thanks.

1/14/2009 6:52 PM    
Poker needs to be legalized. The elderly and handicapped have a place where they can go and use their skills. Most of these people cannot get to a place to play on their own, so the internet is an outlet for them. Also, the tax money would be huge. This is a game of skill that has been enjoyed for so many years, and the government can surely use the income it will generate and the jobs it will create. Please seriously consider every aspect of this. It means a lot to many Americans.
Thank You

ghost in the machine
1/14/2009 6:54 PM    

let us legalize online poker and regulate it!  poker is a game of skill and should be regulated

1/14/2009 6:54 PM    
This is my home........Please get out........Im playing POKER.

1/14/2009 6:56 PM    
ME and so many friends and relatives play poker online poker. What an easy source of revenue for the USA to tax the millions of dollars bet every day.
This si a true voluntary tax we and the sites are willing to pay

1/14/2009 6:58 PM    
I agree with everything dboy said, but I have an addition.... Not only will the government make money by taxing the online poker rooms, but they will have proof of income from all winning poker players and be able to tax their winnings much more easily. How many people who win online poker tourneys on offshore sites are claiming those winnings now? My guess is NONE.

1/14/2009 6:59 PM    
Our governments wastes billions and billions of our taxpaying dollars year after year on questionable projects, and then Congress hides it behind terms such as "earmarking"?  Now they want to further insult me by telling me how i should be spending my hard earned money by not playing online the game that I love? One that our President himself enjoys & partakes in?"

1/14/2009 6:59 PM    
Poker is a game that demands both skill and discipline.  I have learned so much from this game, and apply its lessons in life regularly.   I should be free to choose how and when I play it.  I should be free to play it online.

1/14/2009 7:01 PM    
According to Card Player Magazine, you are quite the poker player and fan so i am writting as a fellow poker "freak." The UIGEA has got to be the absolute WORST law snuck into existence. I realize there are many more important issues for you to worry about as you enter office, but i am begging you to repeal this AWFUL law. Not only is it unfair for those people unable to enjoy "America's Game" (it was invented here), but by regulating the game of poker, and taxing it, you can actually help cure some of America's woes by injecting some money into our depressed economy.

1/14/2009 7:01 PM    
1) The law violates my constitutional rights
2) It can be taxed and the economy sucks
3) Creates jobs if the sites were domestic
4) Protects players from fraudulent activities
5) Game of skill

Why isn't online poker legal? O yea... Bush

as armas
1/14/2009 7:02 PM    
Restore personal freedom in this country! The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) was attached at the last minute to the Port Security bill back in 2006 when Bill Frist was the senate leader and made this federal nannyism a personal vendetta. Do away with this garbage, attach its repeal to the stimulus package. The banks have enough to worry about!!!

1/14/2009 7:03 PM    
Legalize, regulate, and tax online poker.

1/14/2009 7:04 PM    
Some great, and right on comments so far!  Poker is a game of skill, and online poker is one of the few things I can still enjoy.  Our freedoms have been, and continue to gradually be eroded.  Regulate on line poker and let us play!

1/14/2009 7:05 PM    
Dear Mr. President Obama


PLEASE Mr. President (OBAMA) Help Internet Poker Players NOW.


1/14/2009 7:05 PM    
America's "get rich quick" mentality allows the Madoff's of the world to victimize little old ladies, while the government is busy policing how I spend my time and money in games with like-minded individuals where the house doesn't have the advantage. It seems like it would be easier to invest money in a meth lab or becoming an arms dealer than to fund an online poker account!

Lumping poker into other "crap shoot" games of luck is doing a disservice to all skill games. Discriminating against poker players while allowing multi-state lotterys and off-track betting to continue is a crime.

Restore personal freedom, responsibility, and accountability!

1/14/2009 7:06 PM    
The government should not dictate what ordinary people are allowed to do with their own money online given they can do exactly the same thing in casinos everywhere across the country. its a skill game and its horribly oppressive and insulting to any vaguely liberal minded people. the economic benefit that could come from this is also large in the several billion dollar industry is huge.

1/14/2009 7:07 PM    
Legalizing online poker in America is the most sensible and easy way to provide a major source of tax revenue, and create an industry American's can work in and America can regulate.  Believe it or not but I am not even a poker player but just a person who wants to fight injustice and make this country a better place.  I heard about the UIGEA and was immediately outraged at how our government was not realizing what an opportunity to create billions of dollars in tax revenue was going by the wayside.   Let American companies run the sites in the good ole USA and tax the heck out of them, and at the same time preserve the rights of all Americans.  It's a WIN / WIN situation.  Let's go President-Elect Obama, we need you to help this great country!!!

1/14/2009 7:07 PM    
The UIGEA should be repealed, and online poker should be legalized and regulated as it is in many other countries.  Protect our rights and add a new source of revenue by supporting online poker!

1/14/2009 7:08 PM    
This is America and the government needs to stay out of my home and let me do what I want.  LEGALIZE ONLINE POKER.  REPEAL UIGEA.

1/14/2009 7:09 PM    
The ban on internet poker is extremely unjust.  It is a game of skill and should be treated as such.  Help keep this country great; repeal the injustice that was passed by an administration that voted it in without caring to analyze the facts.

1/14/2009 7:10 PM    
I stand behind legalized online poker 100%, and trust that you will support American's right to freedom of choice.

1/14/2009 7:10 PM    
Loads of evidence poker is clearly a game of skill. If you have an edge over your opponents, statistically, you will win over a significant sample of time. Regulate this American pasttime, bolster America's suffering economy, and give players their freedom back.

1/14/2009 7:11 PM    
This committee (The UEIGA) came to light during the Bush Administration and shows more of the far right, religious beliefs of his and his cronies. Why should this kind of thinking be pushed onto people by the government. There are all kinds of sports and other profitable pasttimes that are also people's bread and butter. Not everyone who plays poker online will become professionals or millionaires but a person can dream. I don't think I will ever fall into the aforementioned position, but I sure do enjoy trying!
Let us play and have the proper regulations so that the government can also benefit instead of monies going to some offshore, unregulated companies that can profit however they see fit, legal or otherwise.

1/14/2009 7:13 PM    
It needs to be done. Im some states it worst then selling crack to a kid. No joke. It is a game of skill and nobody can debate.

1/14/2009 7:13 PM    

More than enough has been said by the previous statements.  The federal and state governments are completely hypocritical when they allow other forms of gambling, including the lottery,  and punish online poker just because they don't have their hands in that cookie jar.  Enough is enough.  This cookie jar is full and our government wants nothing to do with it?      LEGALIZE,  REGULATE AND TAX ONLINE POKER!!!

1/14/2009 7:14 PM    
Why allow the foreign businesses and countries to profit from our play.  Legalize and tax in the U.S.

1/14/2009 7:16 PM    
Let us play!

1/14/2009 7:18 PM    
Please do not ignore my rights to play online poker.  It is convenient, fun, and has been a hobby of mine for several years.  I have done nothing wrong in playing poker and deserve to play this game in a regulated environment.  

1/14/2009 7:19 PM    
It is definitely time to make it legal to play online poker and to regulate.

1/14/2009 7:19 PM    
Please repeal this law and let us play poker online.
Online poker is a billion dollar industry and the United States should get their share to help with the economy.

1/14/2009 7:20 PM    
In addition to respecting the rights of poker players, the yoke of responsiblity placed on the already strained finacial institutions to enforce the UIGEA should be lifted.  In regards to poker specifically, this burden on those institutions who facilitate the money transfers is just as ludicrous and counterproductive as the prohibition on the playing of the game of poker itself.  Poker is an established American pastime which should be encouraged, not villified.

1/14/2009 7:21 PM    
Mr. President, please allow online gambling, it is well established and a game of skill.

1/14/2009 7:23 PM    
Online gambling should be legal. One of the best things you could do is to tax online gaming and it would sure make some money for the United States Tresaruy.  Very few players are playing for the big bucks. I believe the majority of the players are between the $2 to around $20 ranage. That is not that much money.
You even like to play a game of poker once in awhile, I just fully believe you are not playing for match sticks.
I myself play in the area of $2 to $10. I can not afford much more being on the Governments wonderfuj Social Security program. I have been disabled since 1990 legally. Have not been able to hardly work a day since 1977 due to an auto accident while working. Let us play poker if jjust for the fun of it. None of us know that we will never get rich play poker, but it gives us enjoyment, just like you get from your two (2) children. I fought for this country, don't take that away from me  also.                                                                                                                                                                                         

1/14/2009 7:23 PM    
Legalize online poker.

1/14/2009 7:25 PM    
I'm just a mom who enjoys playing at home when my kids go to bed.  I'm 38, educated, have a career helping the less fortunate, and this helps me unwind at the end of the day.  It's a skill game, but the skill and strategy only applies when there's a monetary prize at stake.  It's the nature of the game.  I'd rather give any sort of profit to our country, which I know would end up being millions, hundreds of millions at least.  People are going to find a way to play, and the govt needs to be smart and take this money, instead of it all going abroad.   

1/14/2009 7:26 PM    
Let the people do what they please with the money they sweat and earn.  We will find a way to play regardless, why not regulate and benefit?  I support this movement as do the other members of  Do the right thing!

1/14/2009 7:26 PM    
I agree with everything everyone has said.  Let's keep pushing this issue.

1/14/2009 7:27 PM    
21000 + have spooken. Will someone lisen?

1/14/2009 7:28 PM    
its about time people are free to do what they want in the privacy of their homes.

1/14/2009 7:28 PM    
Online poker should be legal, period!

1/14/2009 7:29 PM    
I would like the right to gamble in my home without the government telling me what to do with my money.

1/14/2009 7:30 PM    
Greedy, greedy, greedy! Those against online gambling are those who don't have the skills to play a hand themselves and win the money fair and square. Nope, instead they wanna poke their noses in where they don't belong and steal our money!!

1/14/2009 7:30 PM    
are you kidding me???

1/14/2009 7:30 PM    
Stop letting people take away my rights.

1/14/2009 7:30 PM    

Why should we ignore generating other sources of revenue, (by taxing the sites and taxing large profits), and instead expend federal money to remove a freedom and simultaneously turn a game of skill into a crime?

There are several sites dedicated to poker player results that can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that poker is a game of skill. I would ask someone in the administration to look at the top players at a site like, and view their profit graphs. It's more consistent than any stock market period in history. All games of skill are open to variance, but the best players will continue to win in the end.

Thank you for allowing us this opportunity to voice our opinion.

1/14/2009 7:30 PM    
Anyone who REALLY wants to play poker will find a way to play it online.  But i'd rather play in America, where i wont have a problem depositing/withdrawing.  Plus with the addition of American gambling companies, it will attract even more people to play now that they dont have to bust their butt to get some money into an account.  Do it, Mr. I support CHANGE.

joe jackson from LA
1/14/2009 7:31 PM    
i play 1 dollar games. let me play!

1/14/2009 7:32 PM    
The success of lotteries and state sanctioned gambling in certain areas should be proof enough.  But the constitution is the most important document here.  Morality laws go against the basic foundations of our government.  They should be removed from any legislature that I and other americans are paying for.

1/14/2009 7:34 PM    
poker a lot of good pastime and very enjoyable. It is very good skill we need that .

1/14/2009 7:34 PM    
This majority of this country does not need nor want a Nanny State like the extreme, radical religious right wing is advocating with laws such as UIGEA.   Legalizing and regulating online poker is win/win as poker players would get much safer and reliable American based companies to play online poker and the government reaps the full tax benefits.   Especially with these extreme economic conditions, every little bit of tax revenue certainly will help.

1/14/2009 7:34 PM    
poker a lot of good pastime and very enjoyable. It is very good skill we need that .

1/14/2009 7:34 PM    

I am a college student and a veteran. I use my Navy college fund and Montgomery G.I. Bill benefits, plus the maximum the school will grant me in financial aid loans. The money is just enough to cover food, housing, and tuition, but there is little left over for enjoying the college experience. I use online poker to bridge this gap. The money I use is completely separate from the money I use for my living expenses, and I keep careful record of all my earnings and losses every time I sit down to play. I am an adult engaging in the pursuit of happiness in the privacy of my own home; the thought these actions would be illegal should shock any American. Please help us grant poker the exception it deserves as a game of skill akin to chess, and bring this multi-billion dollar industry into America.

1/14/2009 7:35 PM    
Its time to make this legal, and get revenue for the USA that is desperately NEEDED!!
Europe and do it and we can not.  Were is the Freedom of America ?!?!/

1/14/2009 7:36 PM    

Our Govt needs to simply follow the footsteps the UK has taken, they are gaining additional revenue by regulating gaming on top of allowing people to legally enjoy a pastime that should never be tampered with.  If a decision to play poker is going to be made illegal, we might as well throw in drinking alcohol and smoking as well, it's ridiculous.

1/14/2009 7:36 PM    
Internet poker is not as evil as people are making it out to be. If it were made legal then the government could tax companies that set up in the US with sites for people to play on. Right now we are in an economic crisis and we should be thinking of ways to increase gov't revenue and taxings US internet gaming is one great way.

1/14/2009 7:38 PM    
Does anyone remember Prohibition?  It ws an integral part of the rise of organized crime in America.  Poker is an American game and millions of people play it in private homes, in clubs, in casinos and on the Internet while doing no harm whatsoever to themselves or their neighbors.  For those who want to pursue this game on the Internet whether because they do not have access to a casino, a home game or a card room and the companies who run on-line gaming sites, U.S. the federal government has unnecessarily become the enemy.  Why not partner with those companies who have demonstrated an eager willingness to do so to provide their millions of customers a friendly, convenient and most importantly safe environment in which to play and on top of it, share in the revenue through taxation?  It seems so simple: regulation, taxation and liberty.  How has the Religious Right been so successful in stifling simple freedoms of millions of citizens, simply because of a passtime that they find objectionable but does them no harm?

1/14/2009 7:40 PM    
This is ridiculous paternalism, and it's a law that needs to be repealed.  It is an individual's choice how he spends his time and money, especially since this is a skill game, played against other individuals freely choosing to participate!

1/14/2009 7:43 PM    
The way the ridiculous UIGEA was foisted on us at the eleventh hour, buried in a Ports Seccurity bill, is sickening to freedom- loving Americans.  The perpetrators should be very ashamed.

Mr. Obama,  poker players all over the country  were betting on you to do the right thing when we voted for you.  If our bet was wrong,  we will make the appropriate adjustments as all good poker players do.  To correct the wrong done to the public by UIGEA will not require much of your time.  You are in charge...just tell 'em to get it done...periiod.

Thank you.

1/14/2009 7:44 PM    

It's silly to be prohibiting it. It's not a vice and not a danger to most people.
Less dangerous than lottery tickets.
It's fun, mentally stimulating and profitable for some. You don't need a lot of money to play, you can lose if you have poor skill and lose very little. Low stakes even if you stink is cheaper than a movie.
The rake/profits are being shipped overseas by the current operators.

1/14/2009 7:44 PM    
Poker is a skill game that is NOT played against the house, so there are also many skilled americans who earn additional income from it and the government should not be trying to take that away.

We have to realize that gambling is never going away, and we must also realize that it is better to regulate it than to prohibit it (because prohibitions do not work).

1/14/2009 7:44 PM    
Poker is America's game, played by eveyone from Presidents to families around their kitchen table.  Professional poker players are admired and lauded on televised poker shows.  Making poker players into criminals is a travesty; and to throw away all the potential tax revenue in the process is insanity.

When Congress passes laws that reasonable, otherwise law-abiding, moral citizens feel is unconscionable and ignorable, they devalue all laws.

1/14/2009 7:45 PM    
Online Poker is a game of skill and should be legalized.  Instead of forcing people to choose to give up playing online or to play illegally, it is the government's responsibility to protect it's poker-playing citizens from the possibility of fraud while gaining tax revenue and providing an avenue to keep a significant chunk of the poker economy in the US, thus boosting the US economy.

1/14/2009 7:46 PM    

1/14/2009 7:46 PM    
Prohibition didn't work...people still drank, and the government collected no money. Poker. like drinking, is a supremely human activity that can be regulated but not stopped. And why shoud it be? We need to re-establish the right to do what we wish, with our own money, in the privacy of our homes.
It is a great American pastime.
Lift the cloud of needless, purposeless oppression of law-abiding citizens who enjoy a game of skill.

1/14/2009 7:47 PM    
My opinion is that online poker, requires skill unlike roulette, or blackjack, craps, of chance. There are literally millions or probably even billions of dollars being lost daily to overseas poker rooms, who will always find ways to "get around" so called prohibition. America has dog racing, horse racing, and even lotteries where no skill whatsoever is required. Why caterogize online poker itself as "illegal" and the rest legal?

1/14/2009 7:50 PM    
Let us poker players play legally and tax us. Driving it underground is not the way to go. There is nothing more American than the game of Poker.

1/14/2009 7:50 PM    
Poker is a game of skill and allowing it to be legal in the US would certainly boost the economy which we need so badly right now.  Please consider our input when making a decision!

1/14/2009 7:50 PM    
YES WE CAN!  (I hope)  

1/14/2009 7:51 PM    
This is the land of the free! Don't impose any nonsense regulations on the hobby of million americans!

1/14/2009 7:57 PM    
Worried about US money going off-shore......legalize online poker!

Worried about underaged players....legalize online poker!

Worried about tracking earned income and winnings for tax purposes....legalize poker!

Worried about scams and cheats....legalize online poker!

Need new business start-ups......legalize online poker!

Need to shorten the unemployment lines.....legalize online poker!

Internet gambling
1/14/2009 8:00 PM    
I believe that Americans have the right to play poker online. The casinos must have something to do with this.

1/14/2009 8:01 PM    
Legalize it.  Regulate it to protect kids and addicts.  Tax it to help with the schools and the elderly.  Everyone wins.

1/14/2009 8:01 PM    
Stop The Madness

z pope
1/14/2009 8:02 PM    
Americans play online poker everyday. Come on America whats with the intolerance?

1/14/2009 8:02 PM    
Regulation will provide more protection for Americans than an unenforceable ban.
This is also the one industry that is open to taxation

1/14/2009 8:04 PM    
poker should be legal

1/14/2009 8:08 PM    
this is simply logical. poker is a game of skill - the gov is leaving $$ on the table. worse us gov is allowing $$ to flow to costa rica and uk

legalize and tax-too logical not to

1/14/2009 8:09 PM    

Horseplayers and lotto players have their freedom and internet poker players are entitled to that same freedom.  Let's have the Big Brother Legislators work on more important issues and stop trampling on individual rights.

1/14/2009 8:13 PM    

1/14/2009 8:13 PM    
This needs to happen!

1/14/2009 8:13 PM    
Obama plays poker. Hopefully he will understand our passion for the game. I certainly don't want to go to a casino every time I want to play a game!

Now if we could only do something about how this law got passed. The method used to get this thing passed is insane! By voting for one bill, you automatically vote for the other? TOTAL B.S!!! This is politics as usual. This is the kind of $#!+ YOUR GOVERNMENT invents that allows them to do whatever they want! What does port security have do with online poker? NOTHING!!!!!!!!!! I've despised politics and politicians ever since I learned about this process in junior high! What BS!!!

1/14/2009 8:14 PM    
Let me play online poker legally.  It can generate much needed revenue through taxation and regulation.

1/14/2009 8:14 PM    
It's a shame that poker, The American Game, is being held hostage.  Legalize and regulate now.

1/14/2009 8:15 PM    
Legalize online poker... the government overstepped its proper functions by legislating to effectively ban it. Legalize it in unambiguous terms, then regulate and tax if you must... but make it legal!

1/14/2009 8:19 PM    
I have to wear a seat belt against my will, i have to pay taxes that everyone else uses, why can't I spend MY money the way I want to and help boost the economy?? I am hurting no one except on occasion, my self!!

J. P.
1/14/2009 8:19 PM    
The fact that I cannot sit at MY computer, at MY house and play online poker for MY real money LEGALLY is absolutely absurd, talk about limiting freedoms

Ryan Francis (Milwaukee)
1/14/2009 8:21 PM    
In a time of economic hardship, this would be a great way to increase federal revenue. Regulate and tax this industry instead of driving it off shore.

1/14/2009 8:22 PM    
Bravo SaladFork....I am retired and online poker supplements my meager SSA,  Plus it keeps my mind alert and brings me enjoyment.   Legalize online in the U.S.  God Bless America

1/14/2009 8:23 PM    
Legalize poker! Fix how there are corrupt financial institutions. Fix how the government is taking all of our tax payer dollars to 'help' stimulate the economy. This shouldn't even be an issue

1/14/2009 8:23 PM    

1/14/2009 8:23 PM    
I have reached the age of 70 and I should be the one who decides if I want to play poker on-line, NOT THE GOVERNMENT !

1/14/2009 8:25 PM    
please tax and regulate.

1/14/2009 8:28 PM    
please make online poker legal again (as it is a game of skill) and regulate the industry! The US can beenfit from this action and generate a good stream of tax revenue. There is no reason that this still booming international industry has to profit other nations exclusively!

1/14/2009 8:29 PM    
poker is a business and it will boost the economy of the united states, its ridiculous to not allow a whole country to legally do something that is a past-time of the country, something that anyone can just go and do at a casino, and something that is extremely fun and a good thing for the american public.

I hope eventually you make the right decision

1/14/2009 8:33 PM    

Online poker is going to be played either way.. so may as well legalize it in the United States!

1/14/2009 8:35 PM    

This issue is currently the #10 top idea on this forum with almost 23,000 votes at the time I write this, and #1 on this entire forum for the number of comments posted.  We can move it to the top of the list if you help spread the word and get your fellow players to vote.

There are long discussion threads already driving traffic here on 2+2, Cardplayer, and PocketFives.  Please publish this link on your favorite poker site or forum to get more votes.


1/14/2009 8:36 PM    

1/14/2009 8:36 PM    
Poker is a game of skill and you know this from days in the IL Senate! Time to exempt online poker from the tyranny of the UIGEA!

1/14/2009 8:36 PM    
Please do not take away our right to play the game of poker, an American pastime.

Thank You

1/14/2009 8:36 PM    
Obama, you play poker.  Let us play, legally.  Most of us are going to anyway.  I challenge you to a heads up match.

1/14/2009 8:36 PM    
overturn the UIGEA please, we are in the year 2009 now.

1/14/2009 8:37 PM    
You know you want those tax dollars. Set us free take off our collars.
Hater or Regulator?


1/14/2009 8:37 PM    
In this time of financial turmoil, how could the government turn down free money? It's a no-brainer!

1/14/2009 8:37 PM    
Legalize online poker! It's insane that I can't spend my own money online to buy a product that can be legally purchased down the street.

1/14/2009 8:37 PM    

You can view the top ten most popular issues at this link:

Let's make this one #1.

1/14/2009 8:40 PM    
legalize online poker. it does not hurt anybody and it will ove it out of the backroom . the gov't can regulate it. one way or the other people are gonig o find a way to play whether in a casino, online or a backroom game.

1/14/2009 8:42 PM    
I would like the right to play online poker in a safe and legal environment respected and protected by whatever the government thinks are necessary guidelines.

1/14/2009 8:42 PM    
Americans should be allowed to spend their hard-earned money as they please in the privacy of their own homes.

Legalizing and regulating online poker will create billions of new dollars in tax revenue, and will aso make the industry as a whole safer, which in turn will make American players safer.

1/14/2009 8:43 PM    
Please give us back our rights.

1/14/2009 8:44 PM    
Lets regulate this game of skill.  

1/14/2009 8:45 PM    
How is it fair that I can legally buy a lottery ticket with 16000000:1 odds of winning and I can't play poker with even odds?

1/14/2009 8:46 PM    
Legalize it, dont critisize it... In a free country in your own home you should be able to play the great skill based game of poker.

1/14/2009 8:46 PM    
Online poker needs to be legalized and regulated...please return our absolute right to play this obvious skill game...

1/14/2009 8:46 PM    
Why not a Federal Lottery too? The commission could regulate independant sites and run their own poker room/casino. Maybe paying for the universal healthcare that is so long overdue.

Jimmy H.
1/14/2009 8:47 PM    

1/14/2009 8:47 PM    

1/14/2009 8:47 PM    
Internet poker should be legalized, regulated and taxed.  It's a game of skill that I enjoy.  Please repeal UIGEA

1/14/2009 8:48 PM    
please do the right thing... regulate it.

1/14/2009 8:48 PM    
Poker sites do not use education as an excuse to be attractive.

1/14/2009 8:49 PM    
Please get with the program and legalize online poker!!!!! if it is done right,it is a win/win situation,for the player's and the government!!!!!

1/14/2009 8:50 PM    
Please reverse at least this one idiotic decision made by Bush.

His actions did not stop online poker play.  All it did was push all online casinos offshore so that money flows out of the US instead of into it.

Having casinos that are regulated and monitored by the government will encourage people from other countries to play on these more secure sites.  This generates income for the companies running the online casinos, generates jobs, and allows the US government to tax these organizations.

It is so much easier to regulate online gaming.   Cash in/out can be easily monitored.   Gamers that profit can easitly be taxed only on their profits.   Customers in Nevada casinos are able to hide their winnings from being taxed.  That would be impossible for monitored online casinos.  Poker is a game of skill and should be allowed especially if the game is allowed to be played in a live casino in the same area (which by the way doesn't monitor player winnings much at all).  Online casinos are so easy to tax that it was stupid to send this business to offshore organizations.

1/14/2009 8:50 PM    
Please reverse at least this one idiotic decision made by Bush.

His actions did not stop online poker play.  All it did was push all online casinos offshore so that money flows out of the US instead of into it.

Having casinos that are regulated and monitored by the government will encourage people from other countries to play on these more secure sites.  This generates income for the companies running the online casinos, generates jobs, and allows the US government to tax these organizations.

It is so much easier to regulate online gaming.   Cash in/out can be easily monitored.   Gamers that profit can easitly be taxed only on their profits.   Customers in Nevada casinos are able to hide their winnings from being taxed.  That would be impossible for monitored online casinos.  Poker is a game of skill and should be allowed especially if the game is allowed to be played in a live casino in the same area (which by the way doesn't monitor player winnings much at all).  Online casinos are so easy to tax that it was stupid to send this business to offshore organizations.

1/14/2009 8:50 PM    
Poker is a sport as evidenced by its regular airtime on ESPN.  It is enjoyed by millions of Americans.  It was unjust for the goverment to take away our right to play-online a game that we love .  Furthermore, making online play illegal has not stopped millions of Americans from contineing to play online.  The only thing this new law has done is to re-direct taxable revenue to foreign countries and expose Americans to new risks and unregulated play.  Please consider revoking this law to keep Poker players safe and to keep this revenue in the us.  Consider taxing the rack that online casinos make at a very high percentage.

1/14/2009 8:52 PM    
There is absolutely no reason that on-line gambling is outlawed. Regulate it and tax it if you wish, but don't keep the option to play on-line games away from us.

3 Olives
1/14/2009 8:56 PM    
+1 Regulate and Legalize

1/14/2009 8:57 PM    
At present I am living in Washington State where they have plenty of card rooms. Please do not legalize on-line poker.  All the card rooms will go broke and I won't "get out" at all.  And If you do that my wife will insist that I move back to Texas :)  And those are just 2 of the problems!!!!

1/14/2009 8:57 PM    
It is a game of skill that people enjoy playing all over the world! MR. OBAMA look "Rounders" movie!

1/14/2009 8:59 PM    
Legalize and Tax poker since it is an AMERICAN past time it should not be illegal or whatever it is now.

1/14/2009 8:59 PM    
- Billions in revenues from around the world for new and/or existing American companies.
- Think of all the surounding contractors, sub-contractors, and sub markets that would be involved:
Marketing, programming, analyst, security, regulation, hardware, software, and so on.
- Countless jobs created by a brand new American industry.
- Tax revenue created by these new companies and players could certainly help local, state, and federal budgets.
- Regulate with existing instruments (gaming commisions and so on) adding entirely new departments and jobs to these governement agencies.
All these benefits are currently enjoyed by other countries ... save the regulation part.
Please allow Americans to enjoy an American pastime and game of skill in any way they choose and let America profit from it.

1/14/2009 9:00 PM    

1/14/2009 9:01 PM    
We can all benefit from legalizing online poker. Poker is a game of skill

1/14/2009 9:02 PM    
This is definitely a win/win situation.  The people benefit, because we will get a better, safer place to play, we keep the freedom to choose how we want to enjoy our money, and have another avenue for entertainment.  Prohibition tactics only cause things to get murkier, as business gets pushed into the criminal underworld.  It happened with alcohol in the early 20th century and it's happening now with online poker.

The government wins because it can assist the economy - tax revenue pouring in from players and sites (I mean, really, where else can you increase tax revenue without an uproar - this is one way to do it!), in addition to less money leaving our country to offshore entities.  There's really no reason to prevent us from playing, as Senator Frist and Kyl have tried to do with this law (which was sneaked in to enactment through a ports defense bill in the eleventh hour, ensuring no debate on it occurred - that's real American :eyeroll:)

Please repeal this terrible law, and provide Americans with a reliable way to play an American tradition online!

1/14/2009 9:03 PM    
It's a travesty that this issue has not been resolved yet.  It's obvious to anyone who's ever played to game of Poker that it is a game based on skill and not chance.  This point has been proven by multiple studies on the subject.  Moreover, the revenue generated from the legalization of this harmless hobby would be staggering, and to think about the impact it would have upon a dessimated economy as we are now experiencing.  It's ridiculous to me that this has not only remained untaxed and unregulated, it's also being forced out of people's homes and lives with recent legislation.  Since it seems the new political regime in the White House is about "change", this would be a great place to start in my opinion.  

1/14/2009 9:03 PM    
I could not agree more with this idea. This idea will create jobs as American companies set up shop here and need to hire workers. More money for the government. Now taxes will be paid by american poker companies as well as sites like pokerstars and party poker that are based in other countries. As well as now players in America will be able to enjoy playing poker from the homes will friends around the country with out fear of breaking any law. This is a win, win, win. more jobs, more income for the government, and happy poker players enjoy the game they love.

1/14/2009 9:03 PM    
Legalize online poker

1/14/2009 9:04 PM    
Although French in origin, Poker is as American as apple pie. I thought this was the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. Shame on the pious hypocrites!

Namaste Y'all
1/14/2009 9:04 PM    
Because poker is a game of skill, please revise the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act to exempt poker.

1/14/2009 9:04 PM    

We all know that President Obama has the ecomony, health care and creation of jobs in the USA as top priority. Legalizing online Poker fits right in with 2 out of those 3 issues. This is absolutely a no brainer and our government should capatalize on this immediately. This would be a nice step in preserving our rights and freedoms in the good old USA!

1/14/2009 9:05 PM    
poker is a game of skill not luck. repeal the uigea

1/14/2009 9:07 PM    
We are citizens and tax payers who want a fair share. Remove the UIGEA from the Safe Port act at least and give us a chance to speak our piece. Give us a chance to make a living and prove that poker is a skill. REPEAL and tax the income for the greater good!!!!

Jam Machine DJ
1/14/2009 9:08 PM    
All the comments hit the nose right on the head.  

1/14/2009 9:10 PM    
voting up for keeping ahold of Amercian rights.

1/14/2009 9:10 PM    
Legalize and regulate all forms of on-line gaming.

What happened to "Free Trade" and "The Free Market"??

Jared Tendler
1/14/2009 9:10 PM    
I'm a poker psychologist and I do not working with gamblers, I work with hardworking Americans who have found their entrepenurial spirit in a game of skill.  I have come to appreciate the high level of skill associated with poker, now having worked with 60 top players from around the world.  Their skill is very much like mutual fund managers, stock traders, etc, who leverage their knowledge base to create an edge in equity markets.  The availability of online trading of equities could be argued creates an environment where millions of Americans are at risk, but is it the governments role to protect people from risk?  Or is the role to provide an environment where people can prosper from hardwork.  

From a pure financial perspective the UIGEA is a significant liability in this economic climate, especially when considering that legalizing online poker would create instant profits for the government.

I urge you to overturn this legislation and act with common sense, not moral dogma.

1/14/2009 9:12 PM    
give us back our rights!

1/14/2009 9:13 PM    
I can't jump.  I can't run a mile.  I can't walk across a field.  I can't roller skate.  I can't stand up and put my pants on.   I am paralyzed from the chest down.  I can't do many things, but I am not sad.

I can complete rehabilitation. I can learn to how to deal with paralysis. I can drive.  I can go to school.  I can raise a family.  I can work.  I can buy my own home. I can manage my own finances.  I am not sad.

I can play poker.  I can go to poker camp.  I can go to poker camp twice.  I can final table at a WSOP circuit event.  I can win money playing cash or tournaments.  I can lose money playing cash or tournaments.  I can play poker on an equal footing with others.  I am not sad.

I can't play poker at home online.  I can't be trusted.  I can't do what I love.  I can't make money at home playing online poker.  I can't pay taxes on money I don't make.  I am sad.

I want to pay taxes.  I want to make money.  I am aware of the risks.  I want to be trusted.  I want to play online poker.  I am sad.

Please help me with what I want.  I don't want to be sad.  

1/14/2009 9:14 PM    
Please Legalize this wonderful game.

1/14/2009 9:15 PM    
If we can't legalize online poker, it is a discrimination, to say nothing that we americans will lose one of our freedoms.  Poker is a game of skill.  And the fact that it is so popular, it is a game that will continue to grow in our country.  If I want to play online poker, I should be free & responsible to do it.  Thank you!

1/14/2009 9:16 PM    


1/14/2009 9:16 PM    

Please repeal

1/14/2009 9:17 PM    
I really resent the fact that a few people feel that they need to "protect" me from myself by
not allowing me to spend my hard earned money any way I choose.

1/14/2009 9:18 PM    

People are gonna play this game of skill regardless of government sanctions. Please legalize poker and let us play the greatest game ever.

1/14/2009 9:20 PM    
I work for the State Department, currently assigned to Washington, DC.  When we serve overseas at Embassies and Consulates, and there's a relatively small community within which to organize social events, a weekly poker game often becomes the event most looked forward to during the work week.

It is insane that when we come back from serving our country overseas, that some in our government seek to ban the same activity domestically on the internet which so many of our Foreign Service Officers enjoy within the official housing provided by the same government overseas.

UIGEA makes no sense and is impossible to enforce in any case! - Repeal NOW!!!

1/14/2009 9:23 PM    
poker is a game of SKILL not a crime!!!!!

1/14/2009 9:24 PM    
Prohibiting online gambling is useless since it has already been proven that proabition DOES NOT WORK....we as Americans have the right to gamble if we choose.  IF it were illegal all over the country that would be one thing, but its ok across the street and not at my home, just because I have crossed a city line....makes no sense and mostly, as mentioned many times prior, the government could make millions..instead of it going overseas....KEEP THE MONEY IN AMERICA....and in todays economy we need all the money we can get RIGHT HERE ON OUR OWN SHORES.

1/14/2009 9:26 PM    
Seems to me the sending of our poker dollars to off-shore banking institutions is the exact opposite of the intent to control the financing of terrorism - which is what I assume the UIGEA being attached to the Port Safety bill was intended to do.  

1/14/2009 9:28 PM    
Give us our freedom back, poker is a game of skill but even if it wasnt we have the right to spend our money any way we want to...go ahead regulate for us and the economy...

1/14/2009 9:28 PM    
The government is in desperate need of funds. It would be foolish for congress not to set up control of online poker and collect the taxs on winnings.

1/14/2009 9:28 PM    
I have been enjoying the tremendously challenging game of poker for several years now. I have found it to be a game of tremendous strategy and skill, played by many and mastered by few ... not unlike golf for that matter ... a game that takes time and committment to really grasp competitively.

In the format of online poker I have found a rich community of people equally pursuing this amazing game from all walks of life and all corners of the globe. I might find myself on a poker table at any given moment playing and conversing with human beings from 9 different countries ... talking politics and peace while studying hands and playing the strategy of the game.

There is no more chance in poker than there is on a golf course. You hit the ball, according to your technique and skill (playing the cards you have in the way you know how to play them) -- taking into account the weather and conditions (playing accordingly given the actions of other players and the community cards shared by all, while also using tried and true, concrete statistics and mathematics given the odds) -- and once the balls in flight it either lands with spin or doesn't, hits a divot and bounces or rests nicely in the fairway, lands in the cup or lips out (you get the next card you need or you don't; another player's  play slightly wins out, you made the right choice using logical strategy and odds calculation and came out ahead more than you didn't) ....

This is a game that is rich in heritage and tradition, studied by the best in the game for a lifetime -- and thoroughly enjoyed by millions of ready, willing and devout players.

I believe we should have the right to wage our hard-earned money and a game of skill and enter into spirited and mutual competition with others who are ready to do the same.

Please legalize the sport of poker.

1/14/2009 9:29 PM    
I see no reason to ban online poker. The people who are against it don't even play and the revenue from taxes is NEEDED. Lift this silly act and let us be free...

1/14/2009 9:33 PM    
doublefly is a donk....fact

1/14/2009 9:33 PM    
legalize online poker immediately.  Uncle Sam has taken far too many of our liberties as american citizens away.  Poker is a game of skill as much as it is a game of chance.  Many Americans, myself included, look at poker as a very cheap form of entertainment.  Legalize poker, and start collecting some tax revenue.  As you already are aware, no matter how difficult  George Bush wants to make it to play poker legally, someone, somewhere will figure out how to get around UIGEA.  That person is going to be the one profiting from online poker.  

The Genie
1/14/2009 9:33 PM    
We had a president who was completely out of his mind and allowed this bill to slip under the door. Now we need a president who can see the benefits of  repealing  this bill. There are millions of people who enjoy playing poker in the privacy of their own home (not to mention the the added taxes the country will get). If  poker was a game of chance (not skill), then we wouldn't see the top names over and over. How many people can name that are consistantly winning year after year in any casino game except poker.

1/14/2009 9:35 PM    
a small yearly fee to play = LARGE deficit reduction.  It's a no brainer. Legalize online poker.

1/14/2009 9:35 PM    
If congress doesn't think poker is a skill Mr. President ask them if they would like to play some pro's for big money. Then ask them why the pro's would be willing to pay them just to sitdown at the table.  If they think it's the flip of a coin and all luck, you as a poker player must be worried sick about dealing with this kind of ignorance the next four years.

1/14/2009 9:35 PM    
The only type of wagering that should be outlawed are games of chance. Poker is a game of skill not chance. You can learn to be a more skilled poker player. But you can't learn to be more skilled at betting horse races or playing the lottery. If the lottery is legal, where you have the worst odds of winning. Then poker should be legalized and regulated. There would be so much money that could be taxed by the government at a very needed time. The poker sites would gain revenue from an increase in players due to the fact of no longer having to feel uneasy playing online. Barack show the world how much you rule!! I hear you like to play cards your self. So help out your poker playing brothers. I just want to wish you luck, we're all counting on you.

1/14/2009 9:37 PM    
First of all, the UIGEA is bad law, and is impractical in terms of enforcement. And SHAME on the sneaky, slimy, short-sighted Jim Leach, Robert Goodlatte, Jim Kyl and Bill Frist for the way they conducted themselves in its passage in 2006.

Now then...It's past time for America to regulate online gaming. Poker certainly, but also all other forms of casino style wagering.

The funds generated from the licensing and taxation of online gaming would roll in hand over fist.

Put the necessary safeguards in place to keep minors from playing and problem gamblers from spending themselves into poverty, and dedicate a percentage of all accumulated revenue to rehabilitative and educational programs for problem gamblers as well.

People are going to play online. They're doing it en masse as you're reading these words. Prohibition of it will not work any more effectively than did the prohibition of alcohol in the 20's and 30's.

So it's high time for wisdom to dictate the correct course of action in this circumstance rather than anyone's political agenda.

1/14/2009 9:39 PM    
Let adults make their own decisions and be responsible for them.  It is not the place of our government to impose their will on their constituents.  We as Americans do not need the government being involved in our every day life and making decisions for us.

1/14/2009 9:40 PM    

The government has many better things to do than try to eliminate another right we should have as American Citizens.  Regulate the sites and let us enjoy playing a game so many enjoy, if we choose to play then let us play and get out of the way.

1/14/2009 9:43 PM    
Not everyone is a compulsive gambler.  Why give all the rake to other countries?!  I am for online poker, but online casinos (playing against the house) should not be allowed.

1/14/2009 9:43 PM    

How often does the government get a chance to generate money from a group of people who desire to be taxed and regulated!?

As a citizen who wants to play poker on-line legally, I welcome the regulation and taxation of on-line poker.

As a citizen who is also concerned with the U.S. economy and our businesses.  The U.S. has huge resources in technology, software development and many large companies who know A LOT about gambling.  It is a shame to see this business go over seas when we are already positioned to take control of the very profitable on-line poker market.

It is quite discouraging to grow up beleiving the U.S. stands for individual freedom, and yet the current laws do not allow its adult citizens to transfer money to on-line poker sites, while most all other free countries do.  

1/14/2009 9:44 PM    
I enjoy online poker and I find it challenging and interesting.  This is a game of skill and should be exempted from the UIGEA.  

1/14/2009 9:47 PM    
Online poker should be legalized, game of skill, individual right, and will protect people from having to play through nefarious means.

1/14/2009 9:49 PM    
Do it please!!!

1/14/2009 9:49 PM    
Regulating is always better than banning. this way the government makes money rather than the mafia.

1/14/2009 9:50 PM    
Legalize and regulate online poker.  It's time for America to stop trying to regulate morality and let adults make their own decisions on what they decide to do in the comfort of their own home.

Regulation can help introduce measures to prevent underage gaming (and even problem gaming) better than prohibition.  Plus bringing this multi-billion dollar industry into the US will help to create new jobs and generate tax revenue.

Online poker, yes we can!

1/14/2009 9:55 PM    
I live in Austin Tx. the closest Casino to me is 4 hours away in Oklahoma. Do you know how humiliating it is for me to drive to Sooner land to play poker? :)

Hookem Horns!!!

1/14/2009 9:59 PM    
Very few are against this, but some politicians have been paid money to support competing gambling interests.   We need to stop this and allow freedom of choice.

1/14/2009 10:00 PM    
Nice... keep voting guys

so many comments...

1/14/2009 10:01 PM    
I have cast my vote.  I believe the UIGEA should be repealed.

I enjoy the skill game of poker and I fail to see how my play has any impact on anybody else's rights or for that matter, is anybody else's business.

Government prohibition of an activity does not work.  It is a poor business decision to ignore such a large potential market for revenue.  I understand that poor decisions have been a trademark of the Bush administration, but the American people have voted for change.  Change we can believe in right?  Make me a believer.

How much tax money did the US government miss out on by prohibiting alcohol sales in the 1920's and thereby sending all of that business to Canada?  How much money is being missed now by not regulating and taxing online gaming?

I do understand that the UIEGA does not make gaming illegal, it attempts to make the financial institutions police the spending of their customers.  Customer is the key word here.  I put my money in the bank for safe keeping and they make money using it in the mean time.  They are not my parents.  I do not want my bank to tell me "we know this is your hard earned money, but you can't spend it there."  It seems to me our financial institutions have already had trouble managing their affairs without the added burden of being our guardians.  Who will be watching them?  How many other transactions will be cancelled by mistake because the bank thought they were "bad transactions"?  This kind of tyranny doesn't even exist to stop transactions to terrorist groups, militia groups,  drug dealers or organized crime families.

Again, none of this will stop the industry because people want to play poker online.  It means that now, instead of using legitimate, trackable, secure transactions, these people will be forced to use other means of transferring money that may not be so secure.  Surely this will only lead to more cases of identity theft due to dealing with these "shady" outfits.  Have we forgotten that this is one of the fastest growing crimes in the nation?  It is also one of the most devastating to its victims.

There are no bank police to stop a convicted drunk driver from buying alcohol.  None to stop a killer from buying a weapon.  None to stop a bank robber from buying a ski mask.  Why should I be stopped from buying some poker chips?

We all know that the economy is not driven by money.  It is driven by emotion.  The "Great Depression" is called that not because it is an economic term but because that describes the feeling of the people in this nation during that period of time.  Depression is a loss of hope, a feeling of desparity, nothing to look forward to.  Recession on the other hand is a purely economic term that simply means that the GNP went down 2 quarters in a row.  It takes a great push to go from recession to depression but our media and our government (for some unknown reason) seem to be shoving us in that direction.

I am simply asking for the change that Barak Obama's campaign has promised us.  Do something that will generate some money for the government and keep all of our banking secure.  Let our banks focus on real business matters like establishing credit lines and working with homeowners to keep their homes instead of acting as bouncer for the moral majority (presumably at our expense).  Give us something to be happy about, something to look forward to.  Do not continue to beat us down into depression.

Do not let us lose hope.

Thank you.

1/14/2009 10:02 PM    
There is no reason to NOT do this! Poker is first and foremost a game a skill and can be proven through statistical analysis and testament from the players. This would benefit the government and it's people in numerous ways.

1/14/2009 10:03 PM    
It's my right as a tax paying american to play online poker on my free time.  Please legalize online poker.  I am a proud republican and feel the government should not have the right to stop us from playing.  I hope Obama has the strength to fight for our rights.

1/14/2009 10:06 PM    
It is a shame that the game that was invented in America played legally played online everywhere else, except America!

1/14/2009 10:08 PM    
UIGEA is a violation of international trade law as well as poor public policy.

It makes little sense to ignore the revenue stream that would be kept in the US, nor the taxes that could help offset the expenditures that are planned to help reinvigorate the moribund economy.

Regulation could help limit access by underage players, and could fund programs to help address players with addiction issues.

1/14/2009 10:13 PM    
Repeal UIGEA!! Congress needs to understand that poker is a game of skill and not a game of pure chance. It stimulates the mind and the economyThe well-educated player will always beat the unskilled over the long run. I believe UIGEA is a completely ignorant law.

1/14/2009 10:14 PM    
what really doesn't make sense is i can play Bingo or many other games online for money. people can look at X rated sites and interact with them.  Being a so called free country adults showed be able to do these things . I just dont get why online poker has been outlawed in my free country , I work hard and dont think anyone should tell me what  I can do when I'm  home relaxing playing poker .  This dumb-ass law that was snuck into the transportation has only made criminals out of hard working tax paying americans.  So why don't you just tax it ,  All the states are whinning and trying to figure out  how to get more money, even begging for it , so heres a way to get more $$$  and stop turning hard working americans into criminals.

1/14/2009 10:15 PM    
Yes, do it and we all gain about it.

1/14/2009 10:17 PM    
I'm seeing a lot of posts suggesting that the federal government is loosing a lot of money but not allowing on-line poker.  So.. why not take it a step further?  Why not encourage the government to open up it's own on-line poker business, make the money that is now being generated by the existing companies AND tax people on their winnings !?!

1/14/2009 10:21 PM    
Win win for everyone.

1/14/2009 10:23 PM    
Use legalized poker to bring in the needed revenue to help our economy . This is a win/win for all involved.

1/14/2009 10:23 PM    

Many citizens, who find it a challenge to leave their residence and truly love playing the skill game of poker, derive many hours of clean fun and connection to other poker players from all over the world.  Making such an outlet for these homebound players illegal is truly a misdirected attempt on the part of the government at the wrong type of regulation.  President Obama think about it.  Online poker players will have little or no objection to government regulation that would allow the government to collect revenue for providing the proper oversight for this activity.  This should be a no brainer.  A source of government revenue from citizens that would not object.  Doesn't the government need more revenue?  If so, here is a perfect source!  Thanks for allowing me to comment.

1/14/2009 10:24 PM    
Voting Down - If you want to lose your money to cheats, liars, thieves, drug addicts, drunks, you should have to leave your own home.  There is nothing socially redeeming about poker or gaming from ones own home.  People will lose money they can not afford to lose.

1/14/2009 10:25 PM    
Those of you who keep trumpeting internet poker, keep beating a dead horse (internet poker). If/When the government ever gets involved with the internet, all that will happen is taxes, regulation, law enforcement, more government jobs. Just another way for government to rob people. The poker coummunity over rates their importance. Taxing internet sales will be more important than regulating internet poker. The only hope internet poker has in the US is, being written in a internet control bill (tax) to generate government jobs regulating the internet.

1/14/2009 10:26 PM    
People always have and always will gamble. Card games have been a part of America for most of its existence. A card game is a game of skill because you are a player and you can effect the outcome of the game. As opposed to say betting on a football team. Also, by outlawing online poker you will force players to travel to live, mostly illegal games to play. Plus with the general proliferation of Native American casinos (most of which feature extensive poker facilities) what is the harm of letting players play from the safety of their own homes?

1/14/2009 10:32 PM    
It should be legalized!!!!!

1/14/2009 10:36 PM    
regulate this industry

1/14/2009 10:37 PM    
Agree 100%!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lt Allen
1/14/2009 10:37 PM    
Not only shold we keep online poker legal, the government should create a domestic poker site and profit by it.

1/14/2009 10:38 PM    
please legalize online poker.  this issue is vitally important to me and many others, as you can see.  we need to get rid of the UIGEA.  thank you.

1/14/2009 10:38 PM    
you know what's hilarious?  in the Raleigh, NC area, video poker machines were cracked down on as "betting machines" and "games of chance" owned and operated by small variety stores and gas stations for additional income................  while the state runs lotteries one after the other............. and Howie Mandel and his briefcase-bearing beauties on tv runs a PURE GAME OF CHANCE,,,,,,,,, strip away the banker and the hype, and it's purely a game of statistical probabilities, with virtually no way for the house to mark the cards, weight the dice or jiggle the roulette wheel!!!!!!   yet it goes on week after week and some poor guy gets his video poker game taken away because "it's a game of chance." ............ can anyone see the hypocrasy in this?!?!?!?....... or the stupidity!!!!        LEGALIZE GAMBLING AND EDUCATE CITIZENS ON THE ODDS OF WINNING.   it's ok to hope to win.... it's dumb to DEPEND on winning!

1/14/2009 10:39 PM    
Please let us have our poker freedom. Taxing it will help the economy..

1/14/2009 10:41 PM    
Overturn the UIGEA!!!!!!!!

1/14/2009 10:45 PM    
Government: get out of people's personal lives.   Stop trying to regulate the legimate right of mature adults to make decisions that affect their own lives.        Get out of people's personal business.   NOW!

1/14/2009 10:48 PM    
The UIGEA is an absolute joke

1/14/2009 10:52 PM    

Legalize and regulate online poker as a game of skill. Repeal the UIGEA, which was passed through the back door at midnight without due process by right wing politicians with their own agendas. Millions of Americans enjoy the game, both live and on the internet. Provide regulation and oversight,  as other forms of gaming are afforded. Protect our citizens and their right to pursue their interests without undue government interference.

Government in America should support its citizens and their freedoms, not dictate and restrict the rights of freedom. This is the land of opportunity, not oppression. If this is truly a time for change, repeal this most unamerican  law.. and provide safeguards for an honest game within our shores.

1/14/2009 10:52 PM    
It's about time for the government to regulate this, get their piece of the pie & allow players a secure environment in which to play. The alternative is players sneaking around & lost revenue for the government. What if we bring the dollars back home, educate people properly about the potential risks & provide a level playing field? Who loses?

1/14/2009 10:55 PM    
I get really annoyed seeing lottery $5, $10, and $20 lottery tickets available everywhere featuring some simplified version of 'holdem poker'. There's 0 skill involved and in the long run it's a net loss for everyone. Meanwhile, real poker on the other hand is  a heavily skilled game, but it's in the gray area for some backwards religious and other reasons that makes no sense.

Please legalize and regulate this industry.

1/14/2009 10:56 PM    
Please repeal this example of the Bush Admin. attack on personal liberty

1/14/2009 10:56 PM    
What can I say that hasn't already been said?repeal UIGEA and regulate the industry!!!

1/14/2009 10:58 PM    
The fact that the UIGEA was tacked on during the 11th hour is ridiculous..the only people who want it are religious nutcases

1/14/2009 11:00 PM    
Good arguments everyone.  Notice how no one is defending the UIGEA?

1/14/2009 11:04 PM    
Legalize online poker in America!  Somewhere is the line where goverment should stop saying people what they should eat, drink, how they should live, die and shit. Online poker is a game of the skill, it is hobby what the people enjoy in their small way. Compare the damage and benefit of the goverment desicion and you will see that if the poker is restricted then huge amont of the people who even dont know about online poker think that goverment made another unpopular BigBrother-type decision. Legalizing Poker protects people who play.

1/14/2009 11:05 PM    
Gambling is such a waste of time besides using the mathmatics.

1/14/2009 11:08 PM    
Legalize online poker!

1/14/2009 11:09 PM    
Boost America's Economy with Legal Online Poker


1/14/2009 11:10 PM    
the legalization, regulation, and taxation of online poker (a game of skill, as opposed to other forms of gambling which are already legal- e.g., horse racing, lotteries, fantasy football?!) would do well to help the economy, not to mention the tens of thousands of players who want to and most likely will continue to play, regardless or the game's status in the lawbooks.

1/14/2009 11:10 PM    
Please legalize online poker!

1/14/2009 11:11 PM    
It's not about whether online gaming is good or not, it's about whether the government should be controlling what I can do with my own money in my own house.

1/14/2009 11:27 PM    
Poker is America's pastime, and our goverment is trying to take this right away from us. Lets legalize this, and tax it our country can do some great things with the money taken from taxation.  Improve our education system , and reduce the deficate.

1/14/2009 11:28 PM    
UIGEA should never have been stuffed into the Safe Ports Act and shoved through as midnight legislation to begin with. It was hypocrisy for those touting personal responsibility and limited government interference in the private sector to push this kind of restrictive legislation and in such a questionable way.

Furthermore, it is hypocrisy for government to condemn online gambling in the name of morality when several states condone/operate “mini casinos” with video poker, line games, keno, pull tabs, and scratch its in every neighborhood bar, deli, bowling alley, etc., not to mention the actual casinos, horse tracks, dog tracks, off track betting establishments, bingo halls, card rooms, lotteries, etc. in every state across the country.

Lastly, it is more than just poor timing to push new unfunded mandates on financial institutions and slap them with penalties for not enforcing the new laws—and for what benefit? Or should I say whose benefit?

1/14/2009 11:30 PM    
I don`t smoke (not a game of skill - but legal)
I don`t drink (not a game of skill - but legal)
I don`t like guns (not a game of skill - but legal)
I don`t play craps (not a game of skill - but legal)
I don`t bet on horses (not a game of skill - but legal)

I do love to play online poker ,game of skill but not legal in the great U.S.A. .....?

something is wrong
....... YES  "YOU"  CAN   C H A N G E     IT .....please?

1/14/2009 11:42 PM    
I agree with d boy we should be able to spend our money as we please as long as the web sites are legit and if people have gambling problems there should be programs in place to get help like with casinos and such and it would help our economy alot with the deficeit

1/14/2009 11:48 PM    
This increases the revenie for the country

1/14/2009 11:50 PM    
Restore our freedoms by repealing the UIGEA.  Regulating and taxing online gaming, specifically poker, will bring in significant tax revenues while allowing for this type of entertainment to be safeguarded for our citizens.

Poker is not a crime and, for many, is a viable profession.  Online poker and gaming as a whole is not going to "go away " simply because a prohibition-type law was passed.  It's time for a change, return our right to the great American pasttime that is poker.

Thank you for your consideration,


1/14/2009 11:57 PM    
Please Bring poker back

1/14/2009 11:57 PM    
Almost everything that consenting adults like to do is against the law in this so called 'free country'. Either that or you need a license for it. I served in the military for 5 years. Legalize online poker or deport me to Germany or somewhere where people really do have freedoms.
Jason L. Graham a.k.a. SgtCreepy
Alma, Arkansas
And I will even vote for you next time.
I never vote for Republicans or Democrats, but give me a good reason and I will.

1/14/2009 11:59 PM    
One time!

1/15/2009 12:02 AM    
I seriously see no reason why the government doesn't allow the legalization of online poker. For one, it will benefit the economy greatly (much more than one might think), greatly delight all poker players, and there is overall more freedom! Trust me, the masses of poker players will not forget the people who would cease to prohibit online poker.

Joe the Logical Guy
1/15/2009 12:04 AM    
Please legalize online poker.  It is my right to do what I want with my money.  If a person is of legal age he should be able to play poker. And as long as gambling is legal in this country in other forms online poker should also be legal.  It is obviously not illegal due to morality issues or we would also make horse racing, lottery, and casinos illegal in this country!

1/15/2009 12:05 AM    
I can do it openly in AC and Vegas, but have to mess around to get money on-line.  It SHOULD be regulated, and yes, taxed.  Just like AC and Vegas.

1/15/2009 12:08 AM    
Please repeal this absurd law, Mr. President. We gladly have put our faith in you and can't wait for our country to get back on the right track. I am honored to have you as our President. Repealing a law that is yet another gigantic Republican mistake would be a great step forward. Thank you for your time.

1/15/2009 12:11 AM    
as many have said.....This is Win/Win for the US!   Players have the opportunity to make money. The goverment(if it gets off of its Retarted ass) has an opportunity to collect some money as well!   Poker is LEGAL here in the US, under the casinos, and charity houses!!! ER!!!! Why isn't legal over the internet?....Whaaa! the electronic transmission of funds?.Get off your collective asses you federal fatcats and get your priorities straight!.....pull the troops and fix OUR COUNTRY!.....not theirs!!!!!!!

1/15/2009 12:14 AM    
banning online poker in the usa has made us the laughing stock of the gaming world....

we give them a monopoly of the biggest market in the world and ask absolutely nothing in return.

not to mention tramping on civil liberties of our own citizens..its sad to see how the mighty have fallen.


1/15/2009 12:14 AM    

President Obama,

Perhaps one of the best things you could do for our economy here in the United States would be to lift the absurd and ridiculous ban on online poker. I myself make my living from poker and I see no reason at all why I should be forced to run my American money through a 2nd or 3rd world country in order to make a legitimate living. There are millions of dollars to be earned annually by the U.S. that are currently being fed into Costa Rica, Canada, and numorous other countries that are doing nothing but laughing all the way to the bank because of our narrow sightedness.  I love my country and want to continue making my living here, but unless these laws are repealed, I may be forced to leave the U.S. in favor of a country that has the forsight to allow poker players to safely make thier money without persecution. Thank you.

1/15/2009 12:19 AM    

Legalize online poker to earn more profits for government

Ace Jones
1/15/2009 12:20 AM    
As an online poker talk show host, I have seen many, many comments just like these. It isn't all about poker, it isn't all about gambling, it isn't all about skill vs. luck, it isn't all about right vs. wrong, it is all of these things AND our FREEDOM. If they are willing to attach this to a Safe Port Act right in front of us, what are they doing behind our backs to shave a little freedom off here and a few rights off there?

The people of this country work hard for their money. If they want to play an online poker tournament after a hard day at work, who is anyone to tell them they can't? In many cases, even if you are just playing for recreation like many do, it is less expensive to play that poker tournament than it is to go to the movies.

If the President, Congress and the Senate really sit down and think about this industry, it is a nobrainer that we have had freedoms taken away from us just because a few Congressmen "think" we are not smart enough to make our own decisions. We don't need people with political agendas making laws in the interest of the lobbyists they represent and then trying to pass it of as a moral issue or whatever transparent excuse they come up with. Bottom line, Americans are smart enough to see through those obvious lies.

1/15/2009 12:24 AM    
Poker is a game of skill. Let Americans play!!!!!!

1/15/2009 12:26 AM    
Legalize online poker!

1/15/2009 12:31 AM    

The government is missing out on so much money by not regulating and taxing online poker - how can they not see that it would be a win, win situation for everyone????
Overturn the UIGEA and legalize online poker!!!

1/15/2009 12:37 AM    
Repeal UIGEA !!!

1/15/2009 12:39 AM    
Poker is our game. Don't predict freedom, if we can't be free!

Da Guru
1/15/2009 12:41 AM    
As long as I'm within the limits of the law I should be able to spend my money as I wish.   I don't want any Washington elitests telling me what's good or not good for me.   I am a college educated professional and can make that decision myself.

1/15/2009 12:49 AM    
Online poker has to be opened to avoid taking pain to reach till the house and spend some time. Rather one can stay at home and have fun and earn money.

1/15/2009 1:04 AM    

1/15/2009 1:11 AM    

1/15/2009 1:14 AM    
Poker is a game (of skill as many have already pointed out) which is legal in many states already.  This bill will make sure that we are able to play poker from the safety of our own homes and will generate extra revenue for all Americans!

1/15/2009 1:19 AM    
Online Poker players are all of voting age and beyond. These internet  poker games are are not part of some online casinoes, where it is you against the house, and only win if you get lucky, it is players vs players. When you think about internet gambleing, please don't include poker playing as in the same group with casino play. Poker is about  75% skill and 25% luck (my opinion), anyway please don't take poker away from us

1/15/2009 1:21 AM    

1/15/2009 1:34 AM    
We are missing the boat in our country. In the UK, where online gaming is legal the sites pay taxes and the winners pay taxes - a lot of taxes, happily because they enjoy what they are doing.
Why make criminals out of people who enjoy playing poker and want to pay their taxes?
This is a no brainer.

1/15/2009 1:38 AM    

If internet gambling was regulated by American companies and American laws not only would it provide an increase in jobs and taxes it would also allow those that break the law to be put in jail, unlike the recent issues with Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet. Of which NONE of those guilty of the crimes they committed were prosecuted.

1/15/2009 1:48 AM    
With rising gas prices, a prolonged war in the Mid-East and an ever
increasing national debt, the U.S. Government has much better and bigger
things to accomplish than a ban on poker.
More than 70 million Americans play poker. 23 million enjoy the game on
the Internet. And, I truly believe that the government has NO right or business telling us, "We The People" what we can or cannot do with "our" hard earned, already taxed (several times, I might add!) money!
Unlike the "lottery" ...POKER IS A GAME OF SKILL!

1/15/2009 1:54 AM    

I have to believe just about everything has been said and I agree with most of it. Lets just get it done. I believe I should be able to spend my money, in my house in any way I choose as long as I am not hurting anyone else.

1/15/2009 2:09 AM    
I am a 60 year old mother and grandmother and  i was devastated when online poker was taken away.  I can not get out too often and it brought me much joy to play online.  Why does the government have to interfere with how I spend my spare time and money.  
I watched a young man win 2nd place in a tournament  $17,000. and 1st place was $34,000. and I thought, why isn't the government collecting taxes on this money and converting the extra taxes to medical coverage. By regulating online poker the US will have a new form of taxes.
Please  give us back the freedom to play online poker which was suddenly taken away from us for no good reason by President George W Bush.. Barney Frank is working on a revision that would help with this very issue. He understands.
Thank you very much.

1/15/2009 2:16 AM    

When it first became an issue and set as a bill, I sent s letter to my Senator in Oregon, Mr. David Wu.  His response was his concern for for under age children using their parents credit cards to gamble online. Why would a parent allow children to use their credit cards.  We that can aford to spend a few dollars should not be punished because a parent could not control their own credit card.
If Online gambling could be government regulated,  and tax the sites,  it could make billions in revenue.  These sites, make more money than most could imagine. The fees we pay in entry fees and rakes could be cut in half, plus legalization would free up the players in the wings waiting for our new President Obama to take a good look at the injustice of how this bill was passed in the first place.  Please do the right thing and let Americans do what they choose to do in their own home.
In my respons to senator Wu, my failure to understand why he voted again a few months back to keep this current Bill intact:  Age verification and regulation should not be a problem, nor should limiting the amounts of play per day, and/or other ways of keeping track and control of problem gamblers, and I myself would love to be assured that the game is honest and every person has a fair chance, in a game of skill such as onlne poker.  Thank you, R. Spencer  Beaverton, Oregon

1/15/2009 2:43 AM    
Poker is a game of skill!Legalize it!

1/15/2009 2:45 AM    
See my post under "Legalizing Online Poker and Taxing it to Stimulate Economy".

The UIGEA was wrong to begin with.

Our rights and liberties were sold out for pennies on the dollar paid for mainly by the NFL
to the "Covington & Burling law firm", and in turn several crooked politicians.


That's the plain and simple facts of the matter.
Instead of doing something helpful for America.  There goes another billion dollar industry,
shipped off even more offshore and lot.

1/15/2009 2:51 AM    
"his concern for for under age children using their parents credit cards to gamble online"

That was all a smoke screen, along with "gambling addiction", etc.
And if you look at those arguments they are 99% absurd, ridiculous, and false.

Pure BS to try to hide the real reasons behind the "Covington & Burling law firm", the politcians, all paid for by the NFL.

And NFL then how do you explain why don't these same kids use daddes credit card to pay for your "Fantasy Football"?  And the "gambling addics" as well?
Explain that?

I almost ashamed to be an American, to think that fellow American's (can we really call them that? How about "Benedict Arnold's") can do something to thier own nation this way..

1/15/2009 2:53 AM    
This is a simple case of over regulation.  Hundreds of thousands of Americans are currently "breaking the law" by playing online anyway.  It would make much more sense to simply ALLOW these players to play, then Regulate the way you feel is correct, and TAX winnings.  At least then, United States dollars would stay home.  Poker is, and always has been, an American tradition.  It should stay that way FOREVER!

1/15/2009 2:57 AM    
Legalize online poker please! We need this CHANGE now, for our US economy. Thank you for taking the time to hear our voices.

1/15/2009 3:00 AM    

Poker is a time-honored American game; past presidents such as Truman and Nixon were aficionados.  It should be regulated and taxed.  The current regulations simply make it inconvenient to play online, not impossible.  Forcing business overseas is NOT what we need to be doing in these economic times.

1/15/2009 3:02 AM    
One of the most shameful and hypocritical bills ever slipped past the American people. I hope the senators and congressman who pushed it are grateful to the NFL and MLB for their contributions.
Shame on them.

1/15/2009 3:04 AM    
Involve Google.

1/15/2009 3:05 AM    
As a highly educated professional who plays poker because of its skill (I do not play games of chance) I have always been offended by the UIGEA.  The UIGEA exempts horse racing so it is NOT an anti-gambling bill and state after state endorses lotteries which involve NO SKILL and are highly demographically regressive (those that can least afford to play are spending the most in a losing effort.)

The UIGEA punishes legal, transparent gaming businesses such as PartyPoker but allows private offshore companies that have no safeguards for their users rake in massive profits.

I am further dismayed that the US lost tremendous standing in the WTO by refusing to honor its GATS charter regarding online gaming.

Finally, I trade stocks on the market and the analogy to playing poker is quite appropriate.  Stock trading is not gambling when one does his/her research but even the sharpest minds can lose from time to time because there can always be unexpected risk.  However, in the long run, the best traders do make money (think Warren Buffett).  Poker is no different.  I might lose a hand or lose a session or even have a bad month.  However, over the year I will be profitable because I am a student of the game and I understand both the mathematics of every hand situation and the psyche of the opposing player.

It is time to let ADULTS do what they wish to do in the privacy of their OWN HOMES.

1/15/2009 3:11 AM    
This is a win win ...  money goes to government and people are happy.

1/15/2009 3:12 AM    

UIGEA needs to be modified to allow on line poker. Poker is, after all, a game of skill. This has been upheld by the state of California and others. Regulation to stop anyone from being cheated and create jobs and revenue from taxes on winnings and licenses is the way to go. This is supposed to be the "land of the free" is it not?

1/15/2009 3:15 AM    
Please change the law

1/15/2009 3:16 AM    
I urge you to support legalization of online poker as quickly as possible.

1/15/2009 3:26 AM    
Taxation and regulation is the only sensible option for online poker.  Prohibition does not benefit the American citizen but rather leads to an unmonitored, more dangerous industry.  By regulation, the U.S. government can provide oversight to protect Americans from fraudulent activities and ensure that safeguards against problem gamblers are in place.

1/15/2009 3:34 AM    
Taxing and regulation is a win/win.

1/15/2009 3:36 AM    
Please stop this inane and unnessary restriction of my freedom.

1/15/2009 3:40 AM    
Online poker does less damage to society than alcohol and tobacco. I vote for ...

1/15/2009 3:44 AM    
Poker is a game of skill it's not gambling. I like to enjoy playing poker in the comfits of my own home after a long day at work. Stay the hell outta my life.

1/15/2009 3:46 AM    
President Obama,

I have faith in you!

1/15/2009 3:54 AM    
Poker shouldn't be a crime.  I enjoy online poker.  It's a chance for the little guy to play for low stakes.  People play anyway.  So why not keep the money here in America to stimulate the economy.

Ms Eliz
1/15/2009 3:55 AM    
Simply put...It's about freedom and I want it back in this country!

1/15/2009 3:58 AM    
This is a classic American game of skill that is being abused right now because it is currently unregulated. Put an end to fly-by-night online gambling operations and create a massive new revenue stream for the US gov't by regulating this already-currently-legal enterprise.

1/15/2009 4:02 AM    
Legalize, regulate, and tax online poker

1/15/2009 4:07 AM    

Poker is a game of skill not chance, if you want to stop gambling then stop the Lottery, the lottery hurts more people than poker and it is truly a game of chance not skill. The government needs to regulate online poker and quit trying to run peoples lives. There are much bigger issues in this country to deal with than to try to make this game illegal to play that our government needs to focus on. IMO the way this bill was past into law should be illegal, attaching a bill to another that absolutely has nothing to do with one another should be illegal and the perpetrators should be reprimanded and punished in a court of law. This alone shows that there are much bigger problems to deal with and they happen to be within our own government! Help stop the nonsense and give this matter the attention it deserves.

1/15/2009 4:08 AM    
I support this but I think we should leave the economy up to the professionals

1/15/2009 4:27 AM    
on-line poker is a past time that seniors can enjoy without searching out a gampling casino.

1/15/2009 4:27 AM    
Poker might not be a high priority in peoples eyes right now, but money is. Poker is the American passtime, enjoyed everyday by millions of people who gather and fellowship in basements and livingrooms. Legalize our game of skill and regulate it, how much tax revenue would be generated by this? Can the US not use an influx of funds to help out our economy. Protect us from sites by having regulation in the US and not in foreign countries.

Don't treat us like criminals for doing something we love to do.

1/15/2009 4:31 AM    
This should be legal as it isn't going away so why not make it legal. Could be a money making op for the gov.

1/15/2009 4:31 AM    
Poker is an American tradition. Unfortunately, having the government attempt to legislate morality is also an American tradition. Just goes to show that some traditions are good (i.e., poker) and others are bad!

Jim from MI
1/15/2009 4:39 AM    
This will wipe out the national debt in a few years. Absolute no-brainer!

Johnny Be Good
1/15/2009 4:41 AM    
I support the legalization of on line poker and would hope the government could recoginize that it should be a freedom that we as Americans should be able to enjoy.

1/15/2009 4:42 AM    
The economy is a mess and everyone is looking to the government to bail everyone out.  At least some of this money can come from people who want to spend money on something they love to do.  Let people play poker, a game of skill, safely and securely in the comfort of their home.  Legalize online poker, tax it and regulate it.  

It isn't too often you can come up an idea where everyone wins.

Let the poker playing community help by letting us play!

1/15/2009 4:42 AM    
I would thought that it would have been the Conservative/Republicans that would have been in favor of legalized poker, and not just online.  However, they have shown themselves to be more interested in pandering than in individual freedoms.  In this time of economic distress it seems even more appropriate that poker, in all its forms, be legalized.  The main stumbling block seems to be archaic laws and court decisions that define poker as a game of chance as opposed to a game of skill.  Anyone who has played over a period of time realize that there is more skill in playing poker than in picking a stock or commodity.  Poker is a multi-billion dollar industry that, by legalizing, regulating, and taxing, could bring a steady revenue stream to the the various local, state, and federal governements.  Poker, online and in-person, needs to be legalized.

1/15/2009 4:42 AM    
agree completely...

1/15/2009 4:43 AM    

Let the right wing fanatics know that in this great
FREE country they have no business imposing
their moral values on us. We respect you for what
you believe but you must also respect us for what
we believe and the world would be better place for
us to live. Long live POKER!!!!!!

1/15/2009 4:44 AM    

Legalize online poker.

1/15/2009 4:50 AM    
An easy source of revenue for US government, not the offshore unknowns.

1/15/2009 4:51 AM    

We want the right to play online poker in a safe and legal environment that's respected and protected.  This will also provide another appropriate source of tax revenue for the American people.

1/15/2009 4:53 AM    
just do the right thing for once.legalize online poker

1/15/2009 4:57 AM    

Mr. President:

The bottom line here is gambling is never going to go away. It is here to stay. They say that too many people will lose their money if it is allowed to be set up on the internet. Well, it already is up on the internet. And the people that would fall into that category are already losing their money in other ways; Keno is just one of many. Wouldn’t it be wiser to have the government regulate it as best they can, and also, TAX it? This is a major source of revenue that we are letting all go to other countries. In this troubled times, would it not be wiser to keep it in our own country?

1/15/2009 5:01 AM    

I think online poker should be legal. In my opinion laws like the UIGEA expose the hypocracy of our legislators and erode public confidence in our government.

I have a job, wife and 4 children.  I play online poker for fun. I play small stakes (50-cent limit), and I pay taxes on my winnings.  I think it is ridiculous that my government tells me that this is a violation of the 1961 Wire Act (but has never charged anybody with this violation).

I could go on and on (don't get me started).  I will continue to support candidates who support the legalization of online poker.  I urge you to help overturn the UIGEA.

Thank you -- Buddy Lane

1/15/2009 5:05 AM    
what do in my home on my computer with my money should be my cant regulate morality

1/15/2009 5:05 AM    
Haha, try to ban online poker! That will work!  Lets face it prohibition doesnt work,  everything will be rerouted and people will still play.  And still no tax revenue!  Let be smart here and control things that are possible. Let people have their rights.
This is the home of the free right?

1/15/2009 5:08 AM    
Legalize and regulate online poker.

1/15/2009 5:12 AM    
It is amazing that the lotttery games run by the states are legal, and online poker is not.

1/15/2009 5:15 AM    
We have the right to play online poker in a safe and legal environment respected and protected.

1/15/2009 5:15 AM    
Why should poker be legal ?  I live close to large boat ramp and every week of the year their is a tournament out of this ramp the entry fee varies it's usually between $100 and $200 a boat entry fee .  The boaters pay their fee and if they do good they can win thousands of dollars depending on the number of boats entering the tournament.  This is a combination of luck and skill or gambling on the outcome.  The same goes for at your local golf clubs their is a tournament every week, and these are all legal you bet that you will do good and if you do you are rewarded.  These two are examples of leagalized gambling .  Their is no difference between these examples and playing tournament poker.  You bet on the outcome it takes skill and a lot of luck .  Your better players will win more often.

1/15/2009 5:17 AM    
Poker is safe for the majority of players. It is an excellent new revenue source. While any activity is vulnerable to over-use and compulsions, Poker could self-fund remediation and rehabilitation programs for those few who choose Poker as their "addicition." Additionally, self-funded governmental monitoring would improve the circumstances for all players, and would erase the obvious hypocrisy and double-standard of legalized horse-race betting being allowed while Poker is not.  

1/15/2009 5:19 AM    
It is a game of skill and should be legal even according to current law.

1/15/2009 5:19 AM    
The facts:

1. Online poker is a skill game and not pure gambling.
2. Online poker is a billion dollar industry that could be taxed to help finance the massive deficit and help fund new ideas and projects.
3. Online poker should be legalized and regulated.

1/15/2009 5:20 AM    
People are going to find a way to gamble regardless.  Let the proceeds go to OUR schools, seniors, roads, etc, and not into the pockets of other nations and private interests.

1/15/2009 5:20 AM    
Just leave me alone

1/15/2009 5:24 AM    
There is no reason online poker should be illegal.  The moral beliefs of a few politicians have no place being slipped into a bill at the 11th hour.  If regulating the industry allows online poker to be offered by American companies, why not let this money stay in the US economy instead of forcing people to play at sites based overseas?

1/15/2009 5:26 AM    
It sure would be nice to have something to enjoy playing without severe penalty. God knows our government should be focused on fixing the "broken" economy and scrutinizing big business to determine why so many have lost billions and now want help from who??? Oh yes, the taxpayers, I forgot.   And now, you want to infringe on the taxpayers who play online poker.  Please, this issue is not worth the time, the effort or the money for you to be pursuing.   Spend that time, effort and money on the serious issues, please!!!

1/15/2009 5:29 AM    
Poker is agame of skill rather than luck. The poker players of America have gone onerseas to play and we are losing money and taxexable money overseas. Thois makes no sense. Also many are playing on bad sites and many are getting cheated. Repeal this bad legislation. Bring back online poker, legalize it and regulate it!

1/15/2009 5:35 AM    
Everything has been said before.  And I'm just one more voice in agreement.  Please restore our freedoms and it will be a win-win, for the people AND the government.

1/15/2009 5:37 AM    
Let me add my voice.  UIGEA is an unwarranted intrusion on the rights of American citizens.  Only America, of all the major western democracies, attempts to prohibit online poker.  Gamble millions on the lottery or in a casino or at the race track is perfectly OK, but you can't play  a game of skill -- poker -- for money on the internet.  This  is not only irrational, it represents a huge loss in potential tax revenues, it prevents American companies from entering the market (and therefore elimates potential jobs for Americans), and it makes it impossible to establish regulations to ensure that the online games are fair.

I know the President-elect is a poker player.  I hope he will support the millions of Americans who play and love this fascinating game.  Please push for a speedy repeal of UIGEA and it's replacement by a sensible policy of taxation and regulation that will allow American companies to own and operate online poker sites.

1/15/2009 5:38 AM    
Poker is definitely a game of skill and it is dispicable that the government would try to ban something that has no basis for being made illegal. It is neither immoral or dishonest, and attempting to ban it only makes it more dangerous for the millions of people who are already playing it, not less dangerous. That danger would be significantly diminished through regulation, not prohibition. Prohibition only forces people to take their money to overseas companies with no legal recourse should something go wrong.

The government already allows poker, as it's legal in hundreds of casinos around the country, so we know that it's not the government's stance that this is an immoral act. Regulation is the key here, and internet poker can be regulated just like anything else. For whatever obstacles are in the way of the government at regulating internet-based operations, an attempted ban of this establishment is not only foolish, but it is wrong, and oversteps the bounds of what the government should be allowed to do. To attempt to ban online poker but then allow it in casinos is pathetically hypocritical, and it forces otherwise law-abiding citizens to go the way of bathtub gin and play without the government's consent.

It might be illegal, but it's not immoral. What's immoral is that the government would be so bold as to overstep its authority over matters that should be left in the people's hands. Furthermore, the situation is only made more dangerous for the people who are being forced to play without government regulation.

Do the right thing. Legalize internet poker.

1/15/2009 5:38 AM    
It is harmless entertainment, and we all need some diversions these day.
Please supprt online poker

1/15/2009 5:40 AM    
Online poker needs to be legalised.  why did the UIGEA have a carve out for lotteries and horse racing?  cause the states and the horse racing lobbies are powerful.  But the so called 'issues' that caused them to put the UIGEA in place (underage gambling, etc) could quite easily be associated with lotteries and horse racing as well.  So, the way I see it, either everything is illegal or everything is legal.  You can't pick and choose based on funds from lobbyists.

Listen to the millions of Americans.  Listen to the million people who cared enough to join the Poker Players Alliance.  Make online poker legal.

1/15/2009 5:40 AM    
The government is throwing away money to take a moralistic stand against a game in which every player at the table has the opportunity to play at a mathematical advantage.

Stop the moralistic nanny state pandering.  We have plenty of real problems that need to be addressed.  A law protecting citizens from their hobby should have been laughed out of Washington, not written to the books.

1/15/2009 5:43 AM    
I agree with dboy

1/15/2009 5:43 AM    

Best wishes to you and yours President-Elect Obama.

I know we have major issues to deal with; however, I woould really enjoy a little down-time with a good ole honest poker game in my home. I hope your team makes time to look at internet poker as an option for us.

Thank you.

1/15/2009 5:44 AM    

1/15/2009 5:48 AM    
It makes no sense to have some forms of gambling (i.e. horse racing and lottery) legal, while other forms are illegal.  All or nothing.

If for no other reason, repealing UIGEA would tick off President Bush.

1/15/2009 5:50 AM    
Skill, not gambling.............never shoulda let Bill Frist put this "earmark legislation" into the Port Security Bill that it was hidden in.

1/15/2009 5:51 AM    
Gambling should be legalized in all ways. Telling someone what they can or can't do with their money (as long as it isn't hurting anyone) is absurd. Since it is considered a "vice" , then tax it and regulate it, but never prohibit it. Recereation poker is one of my favorite things to do. Wagering on sports is great too!!!

1/15/2009 5:51 AM    

1/15/2009 5:51 AM    
It's about CHOICE, it's about ECONOMY, and it's about SAFETY!!

CHOICE: It should be my choice to play. If I lived near a legal poker room I would have that choice anyway.

ECONOMY: My personal economy. I can and do supplement my income playing poker. I also invest in the market. Wanna guess where I have shown more profit lately? I also go to work to support myself, my family, and our economy. Wanna guess which of  the two, Poker and My Job, I am more certain will still be around by the end of the year?

SAFETY: If I can't play poker online, in the safety of my own home, I only have a couple of choices.
Drive a day to somewhere with a card room. Not gonna happen too often.
Find a back room game, where I can sit down with a bunch of folks I don't know and a bunch of money laying around. More easily done, but very UNSAFE.

Thanks for listening.

1/15/2009 5:55 AM    
I am an avid Poker player and I live too far from casinos.  Plus I am a single parent and I get so much enjoyment from being able to play online, and it keeps me home watching my daughter!!  Make it legal, tax it and let me enjoy my winnings!!!!!

1/15/2009 5:56 AM    
Legalize online gaming and allow adults to decide on their own, in the privacy of their own homes, what form of entertainment they prefer.  Tax and regulate it, fund your new programs.  It's a basic econmonic theory of supply and demand, there is a big demand so there will be supply.  Tax that supply.

Repeal the UIGEA!

1/15/2009 5:58 AM    
Playing poker is as american as apple pie and baseball.  More importantly,  part of our Consititution is 'Freedom".  We as citizens have the right to play online poker in the privacy of our own homes.  LEGALIZE ONLINE POKER. NOW!...The monies being lost , that would help boost the economy , is in the hundreds of millions.  We wouldn't be in this mess if  onlin poker were legal in the US. Poker is a much more a "GAME OF SKILL" than other sports that are legal.

Scott Mi
1/15/2009 5:58 AM    
Not even Poker, but online gambling in general should be regulated and legalized.  It is something that both sides of the debate could benefit from.  It seems like the only way you could get something as unconstitutional that holds no weight as the UIGEA does to get passed would be the sneaky underhanded way Frist pushed the UIGEA through at the last minute attached to the completely unrelated Port Security Act that was consirdered "Political Suicide" for any politician to oppose.

Please regulate this industry so websites become more turstworthy and the government can monitor and prevent money laundering and under aged gambling via the internet.  Also, the United States will earn far more money from taxation that it will spend in paying new jobs to monitor the newly created industry.

Scott Mi
1/15/2009 5:58 AM    
Not even Poker, but online gambling in general should be regulated and legalized.  It is something that both sides of the debate could benefit from.  It seems like the only way you could get something as unconstitutional that holds no weight as the UIGEA does to get passed would be the sneaky underhanded way Frist pushed the UIGEA through at the last minute attached to the completely unrelated Port Security Act that was consirdered "Political Suicide" for any politician to oppose.

Please regulate this industry so websites become more turstworthy and the government can monitor and prevent money laundering and under aged gambling via the internet.  Also, the United States will earn far more money from taxation that it will spend in paying new jobs to monitor the newly created industry.

1/15/2009 6:00 AM    

Legalize it.  That way one day I may find myself at a table with you.  I'd be willing to bet you're one heck of a hold 'em player!

1/15/2009 6:00 AM    
I love to play poker. Online, I can play safely and comfortably in my home without the noise and aggravation of a casino. To play in person requires a 3 hour drive and a much higher minimum stake. It's more than I can afford so I don't do it.

I have about $3 to $5 a day of purely discretionary income. If I don't play poker that day, I don't spend it. My $90 to $150 a month might not be enough to stimulate the economy all by itself, but it can be one important straw in the big stack.

I'm a smart American woman. I want what all Americans want - freedom. In this case, freedom to spend my discretionary income on a pleasing recretional past time that doesn't involve either booze or caffeine.

1/15/2009 6:01 AM    
There are so many reasons to get real and get our laws in line with the average American.  Money and taxes are travelling overseas to offshore gaming websites.  Americans who play are not protected from unscrupulous offshore website operators.  The US gaming industry is missing business opportunities to provide a service Americans want.  This could be a great American growth industry, providing safe and reliable online gaming to the world.  And poker is a great game to start with, because you are not playing against the house, with the odds stacked against you every time.  Through study, skill and patience, one can play better and win against less capable players.

1/15/2009 6:02 AM    
Legalize and save our online Poker, Please!!! This is a game of skill. Save our game

1/15/2009 6:02 AM    
What is wrong with online poker?

1/15/2009 6:02 AM    

My ability to play a game on the internet in private in my own home was negated when some political hacks tried to garner the votes of the far right nuts who want to be the moral police for the country.  It didn't work any way.  The UIGEA was snuck in at the last minute before the election without any debate possible.  I doubt that it would have passed if there were any debate.  What's even worse is that it was attached to a very important bill (that was assured to pass) that absolutely nothing to do with gambling, the internet or anything even close.  Because of this political selfishness, legitimate businesses were lost and innocent business men were jailed.  Those political hacks should be ashamed of them selves.

1/15/2009 6:04 AM    
If online poker is illegal, online stock trading should be as well.

1/15/2009 6:05 AM    
surely this issue can be included in a citizens pursuit of happiness.

1/15/2009 6:07 AM    
Please leagalize online Poker. It is silly that I face legal charges similar to a sex offender for playing a game that hurts no one. Legalize it and make money from it. It will also protect Americans who are now at the mercy of many shady offshore gaming sites that steal our money.

1/15/2009 6:10 AM    
Not only is this a good economic move, it's the right move for the people.  The people of the US overwhelmingly request that their freedoms are not limited by government policy.  If regulated, online poker can be safe and benefical to all parties involved.  With the economy in the state that it is, any influx of capital brought in by proper taxation of online poker establishments and the winnings of online poker players would be a huge brick in the foundation of rebuilding our economy.

1/15/2009 6:10 AM    
Let our country keep our money!!!

1/15/2009 6:11 AM    
Legalize Online poker,
1. For the people - We allow it to go on in brick and mortar so why not online
2. For the economy - get these companies to the U.S. instead of offshore.

1/15/2009 6:11 AM    
Poker is not a lottery, it is a game of skill. There's a reason the same group of people end up on the final tables of big tournaments. Even if they don't repeal the flawed law, online poker does not fall under it.

Original Bathel
1/15/2009 6:12 AM    

I have  been playing on-line poker for several years now.  When I first started playing, I would have said that this game is all about luck, but it didn't take long to understand just how skillful you have to be to be a consistent winner.  This needs to change for the benefit of all Americans' that are playing poker on-line.  The UIEGA simply forces us underground, prohibition didn't work for alcohol and it won't work for Poker either.  Learn from the lessons of the past and don't repeat them.

1/15/2009 6:15 AM    
Why do I not have the same rights as those who wager on horse racing?
Is it because of PAC contributions?
This is clearly government discrimination in favor of one industry.

1/15/2009 6:16 AM    
Poker is a game of skill which many Americans earn a nice side income from. Legalizing poker and taxing it will bring some much needed stimulus to the economy. Online poker is such a huge industry, and all that revenue is being lost to offshore companies.

1/15/2009 6:17 AM    
Poker is clearly a game of skill.  There is an opportunity for good players to consistently make money because they have an edge over the field. The profits made as a result of this edge can be examined by looking over a long run spreadsheet of any top player out there today.

1/15/2009 6:18 AM    
People are not going to stop playing online poker, and the poker sites are not going to stop hosting games.

1/15/2009 6:19 AM    
I would like to offer my vote of support on this. I think it is a prime opportunity to have government actually help offer more freedoms, then taking away from them.

1/15/2009 6:25 AM    
i live in michigan and there are numerous non profit poker rooms opening all over and they stink and i hate going to the casino to play for fear of getting robbed on my way in or out make online poker legal it is a game of skill where you control your own destiny by choosing the cards you play we are not hurting anybody by playing in our homes if online porn can be legal why not poker this is still america right where we have our rights to do such things there are more people hurt or killed in drunk driving accidents but yet booze is still legal what are we hurting by playing poker make it legal and have us sites open and regulated think of the tax money and the money going into the economy it is a win win situtation for the players and the government please help us out thanks for your time

1/15/2009 6:26 AM    
Poker is a game of skill played vs other players NOT the house. Tournament poker is no different than a bowling tournament or golf tournament. Tiger Woods can play golf for a living why can't I play poker if I want?

1/15/2009 6:26 AM    

I am a disabled Veteran.  Online Poker is a great way for me to supliment my income.  We need a safe place to do this.  Regulation will do this.  The extra taxes generated will help the economy.

If the majority of Americans want online poker to be legalized than it should be.  It is our politicians duty to serve this country.  They need to put their own feelings/beliefs aside and do what Americans want.

God Bless America!

Ted O'Neill
1/15/2009 6:30 AM    
As a professional poker player who started out online while living in New York and who now plys his trade in Las Vegas, I am a staunch supporter of full legalization and regulation for my chosen occupation. I have written about this topic recently on Red Bull and Poker. Here's an excerpt from Tax This:Online Poker

"Pro poker players would be required to pay their fair share of income taxes and amateurs a gambling or windfall tax, boosting U.S. tax revenue. If you think about it on a macroeconomic level, you could train Americans to be better players, thus winning more money from those in foreign countries and creating a net profit both in terms of tax revenue and a positive net in currency trade to the U.S.

As of now it seems that the U.S. would rather bury its head in the sand and fight a battle with no condition for victory (sounds familiar), as people will always find a way to play. Furthermore, the U.S. would rather maintain a position that serves to restrict its citizens freedom (rhymes with PATRIOT Act) and maintains their ignorance. (Sounds like a paradigm for the education system in this country). The U.S. is intent on handicapping its players against the foreign competition. It's no wonder that they have such a high rate of success against the us, despite the largest competitions taking place on our soil."

1/15/2009 6:34 AM    
Poker is quite clearly a skill game, and people should be able to play poker for real money online (or anywhere else) legally. There's no reason to keep Americans from enjoying this very American game!

1/15/2009 6:35 AM    
Please stop the insanity. Allow online poker to remain legal. What better way for hard working individuals to relax in the privacy of their own home and play poker online. We allow our children to play horrible video games online with open arms. You should concentrate on regulating these types of games that apply to our children. You do for your own children President Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Allow us as mature adults to play poker in our own homes.

1/15/2009 6:35 AM    
Repeal Uigea now.  Restore our rights.

1/15/2009 6:35 AM    
People, who decide about that should just do more research about that, because if they had, it would be legalized by now. Its a job like any other, just look to the poker forums an youll see how people want to get better in it, or read the blogs..It isnt easy to be a good player and just earn the money, you gotta work like any other. Please just do more research about it. Please!

1/15/2009 6:35 AM    
Recent scandals in online poker show the need for government regulation.  Please make it safe & legal!

1/15/2009 6:36 AM    
It is senseless to allow offshore companies to benefit from the online poker business when Americans make up the bulk of the playing community. Legalize online poker and bring the business back to the USA.  

1/15/2009 6:37 AM    
This would be a great idea, if you regulate it correctly and tax it, it would tremendously stimulate the economy.

1/15/2009 6:37 AM    
Legalize online poker with appropriate government regulation.  Online poker played by people within the US will not stop, no matter what regulation are implemented to try to stop it.  There are billions of dollars moving through the online poker sites, with no visability for tax purposes.  Legalization and regulation by the US government would result in significant tax income from poker site operators and those within the US playing on these sites.  It is foolish for the US govenement to pass-up on this potential substancial tax revenue source.

1/15/2009 6:37 AM    
Poker is not a crime!Just because I enjoy a recreational pursuit others may not enjoy, does not make me a criminal. Please make online poker legal!

1/15/2009 6:38 AM    
Yes We Can!

1/15/2009 6:41 AM    
Legalize the game of poker online and give us back some of the rights that have been taken away from us!

Big Earn
1/15/2009 6:42 AM    
Poker is a game of skill.  The industry should be regulated

1/15/2009 6:48 AM    

1/15/2009 6:48 AM    
Please take a look at this issue. Port Security and online poker have nothing to do with each other. Poker is a game of skill and this law which is impeading on our freedom is just another example of a immoral political tactic in which a bill is stuck on the end of a major bill that will already pass without being debated or receiving public attention. This act is costing the United States billions of dollars and has already been condemned by the WTO and EU. Make change that matters and overturn the UIGEA and regulate the industry.

Mary D
1/15/2009 6:50 AM    
It is a game played back throught many generations that go further back than we can count. We are not instilling harm to anyone or putting anyone's life at jeopardy or harming the enviroment . It isnt even offensive with sex or violence. It is done with our own personal funds and we should still have that right to what we choose to spend our money on. To regulate what we can do with our own money is not the land of the free anymore. Not asking to make something harmful legal at all. It is a game that is already legallized througout local dogtracks and racing facilites and casinos. Just asking to make it legal to play in the comfort and privacy of our homes not bothering anyone. We save in gas and pollution and boost the economy..all together a win win situation. Mary D

1/15/2009 6:52 AM    
Yeah, do it!

1/15/2009 6:53 AM    
Legalize online gaming and poker-with regulations things will work for the good of everyone-where are goverment is now would be a welcome relief-the only reason it was stopped in the first place, was because of the vested interest of other gaming in the usa.

1/15/2009 6:55 AM    
Tax and regulate on-line poker. You do it to every other personal indulgence, get onboard with this.  Just let me play.

1/15/2009 6:55 AM    
America has a lot other things to worry about. Playing poker on line is a great way of escaping the wants and worries of the world for a little while. It is a skill game that is never played out the same way twice. Yes, it is a form of gambling for money, however, with the amount of casinos and game rooms that now running legally, why can't a person who is not near one of these sights be shut out of playing a game they enjoy? Why can you do other forms of gambling but poker is forbidden? This is 2009 and the interent is a major part of our world that can provide you will almost anything. The rest of the world doesn't seem to think playing poker on line is a problem, why does the United States? Isn't this the land of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Didn't our forefathers fight for freedom and independence? Playing poker has been a part of our culture since the beginning. It should not be illegal to play on line. The amendment was tacked on to a bill almost everyone wanted passed due to national security because the author knew s/he would not be able to get it passed if it tried to stand on its own. Let us repeal this law.

1/15/2009 6:57 AM    

1/15/2009 6:57 AM    
If this is truly the land of the free then please allow me to play thisgame of skill I love in the privacy of my own home while taxing it to bring much needed revenue to our great country!

1/15/2009 6:59 AM    
Our money is going where........Hmm, I guess it would make more sense to legalize it in the US and starting taking advantage of the tax revenue.  I know you play the game and understand it is a game of skill, just like basketball, etc.  Do the right thing so we can play heads-up some day!

1/15/2009 7:02 AM    
Please repeal the UIEGA.  There have been so many great comments and I'd like to add my voice. It's ridiculous that this was ever passed and it would be fantastic to see it overturned.

1/15/2009 7:03 AM    
Why should online poker be treated any differently than a friendly home game?

1/15/2009 7:03 AM    
If anyone in goverment is actually going to read these comments most are right on,protect americans with regulating poker at the same time governent can do what it does best collect REVENUE

1/15/2009 7:04 AM    
and tax winnings and revenues at 40%

1/15/2009 7:05 AM    
I can add little to all the wonderful comments made here.  Please legalize online poker.

1/15/2009 7:05 AM    
Poker is a game of skill. It has  been played by  countless Americans for over 100 years and no government will ever be able to stop it.

Therefore, legalize it. supervise it and tax it. It will be a superior
source of revenue and the American people will be protected from cheating and fraud. Take this fantastic profit generator away from off-shore companies and put it into our own treasury to be used by all Americans.

1/15/2009 7:07 AM    
The arguments against online gambling (specifically poker) are arbitrary,capricious, and hypocritical in light of other forms of gambling (that require no skill whatsoever) that are currently sanctioned, commissioned, and operated by government.

The key word for the Obama/Biden campaign was ''Change'' and the battle cry was ''Yes We Can''. Since the current UIGEA legislation was nefariously passed in the dead of night and under the cloak of the Safe Ports Act, I think you could easily ''change'' this misguided legislation.

Americans have the right to spend their hard earned money in the popular game of skill called Poker and should have the freedom to do so within the boundries of smart regulation and reasonable taxation.

Can America join the rest of the world?

''Yes We Can"

1/15/2009 7:08 AM    
Please legalize gaming in the US.  It is crazy that online horse betting is legal but poker isn't.

1/15/2009 7:09 AM    
You've got a trillion reasons to legalize online poker. Pick any one.

1/15/2009 7:11 AM    
poker is not a crime.  Show the world that we are a free society.

1/15/2009 7:11 AM    
make online poker legal and regulated

1/15/2009 7:11 AM    
Poker is a game of skill, and one of my favorite HOBBIES.  Playing online should NOT be illegal!

1/15/2009 7:16 AM    
I love this idea

1/15/2009 7:16 AM    
Legalize online poker,Give me back my right to enjoy my hard earned money any way I so choose.
The US Government should be dealing with the real problems of the day and not going out of their way to make sure no Americans are enjoying a game cards.
The working infastructure of online gaming is already in place, the US Government should be collecting a reasonable revenue off of the millions of dollars in transactions taking place. And in return provide US citizens basic protection from fraud and deception that we are allowed when dealing with any other business's on or off line.
This is a freedom that we deserve,

1/15/2009 7:16 AM    
This is a "rights" issue that was put into law in a very underhanded way.  Let's change the way we do things in government.  I am a middle age, caucasian, poker playing, taxpaying, women and I want my right to play a game of skill online when I want without fear of prosecution.  The banks have enough problems without pressure on them to regulate their customers money from being used to way they want.

1/15/2009 7:18 AM    

The governmant has no place in my bank account.  As a responsible, tax-paying citizen, I should be allowed to play poker should I choose.  How many ways can we say that poker is a game of skill?  I firmly believe that this is a tax issue.  You are taxed on winnings at a casino if over a certain amount.  Do the same on-line.  I have a feeling the casino lobbyists are also behind the ridiculous, un-American legislation.  Let's get this legislation overturned.  Tax our winnings if that is the issue.  God Bless America and God Bless Barack Obama!

Suggest Obama
1/15/2009 7:20 AM    
Repeal UIGEA - impossible and expensive to implement.  Legalize online poker now!

1/15/2009 7:20 AM    
This is a great example of a law with no benefit. Poker is not being eliminated, you can play it at thousands of casinos. So if I can't play on line as I do now, I will find other ways to play, so where's the benefit to society? I was told by a California senator that she was in favor of the law to protect minors. Huh? So in her mind it's OK for a 18 year old to go to an Indian casino and play their awful games but it's not OK to play a game of skill online. She also feels it's OK for any age, including "minors" to check out all the pornography sites, learn how to make bombs, and be exposed to every scam known to mankind.  If I had a choice, I would prefer my child play online poker than subscribe to a porno site.
Again this is a law with absolutely no benefit yet financial institutions are going to spend millions of the bailout money to enforce. This must be repealed immediately.

Will A
1/15/2009 7:21 AM    
Legalize Online poker!

1/15/2009 7:23 AM    
The worst thing about this awful law is how ineffective it is.  it causes people to loose respect for the rule of law in this country.  Congress passed a law, and nothing changed.

The stated goals for this law were to prevent "terrorists" from using the online poker sites to launder money, but since the sites are now completely unregulated, this has only become easier.  Laws that only create black markets are the worst kind of laws.

Let's bring this great game back into the mainstream, allowing the US to tax revenues and regulate against misconduct.  Please.


1/15/2009 7:24 AM    

1/15/2009 7:27 AM    
Please legalize online poker, and allow us to play our favorite game in the comfort of our own homes.

1/15/2009 7:28 AM    

American citizens should be free to make their own decisions about how to spend their free time and money.  Help to make online poker safe and secure please.

1/15/2009 7:33 AM    
Please do not allow another right to be taken from us as has happened in the past 8 years.  Regulate the industry and make this a winning situation for all of us that want to participate in a safe and legal way.

1/15/2009 7:33 AM    
i have read alot of the posts on this subject. and i agree with alot of them. this is my view. if anyone that has a gambling problem wants to gamble, they can find any of a dozen or more casinos in driving distance, go to any bar (even some gas stations) and find one of at least five video gambling machines, or go to any gas station and choose from one to about 50 differant scratch offs, also the lottery tickets. you have a guy who mortgages his house and buys all powerball tickets with it but you dont hear anybody getting on the bandwagon to shut down the lotterys. gee i wonder why. it would never happen because the lotterys generate so much tax dollars. well whats the differance here?

Jim Charby
1/15/2009 7:33 AM    
This is a no-brainer to tax and regulate this industry and conform with international trade law.  This is a game of skill and if regulated the publicly traded casino companies would be held responsible for verifying age and accounts.  We need all the help we can get on the tax front and to have someone in Russia or China or anywherein the world adding tax revenue to the USA again becomes very compellling.

Jim Charby

1/15/2009 7:34 AM    

Seriously though, it is beyond a stretch of the imagination to think that the legitimate function of the U.S. Government is to prevent free men and women from engaging in a contest, and if they so choose, willingly placing a wager on that contest to make it more fun/exciting (and profitable for those who are skilled).   How is that NOT "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?"

It is also unconscionable for legislation such as the UIGEA to be passed by attaching it to completely unrelated, high priority legislation.  This sort of behavior by our "representatives" is an absolute failure of the American experiment.

1/15/2009 7:39 AM    
Don't burden our financial institutions by asking them to regulate a law that prohibits American citizens from their freedoms.  Please legalize and regulate online poker!

1/15/2009 7:40 AM    
Poker, as has been said, is a game of skill.  It is chess while blindfolded, and this concept is not too difficult to understand if one takes just an hour to learn the game.  Given that, adults should be allowed to use their money as they deem fit.  Many adults choose to gamble by playing roulette with their money in the stock market.  If an adult chooses instead to take some control over their money and to play poker, then I don't understand why they should have to squirm through legal hoops to do so.
The United States government needs to understand that poker is not gambling (i.e. a game of chance), and to treat its citizens like adults (not children) who are capable of making their own decisions as to how to spend their money.  

1/15/2009 7:41 AM    
Poker is a game of skill - let us play!

1/15/2009 7:42 AM    
Legalize and tax it.  Stop criminalizing innocent citizens and forcing our financial institutions to be gambling police, they have enough to do right now.

1/15/2009 7:45 AM    
I am tired of my money going overseas, keep it here and legalize online Poker... a game of skill and knowledge...

Midway FUBAR
1/15/2009 7:47 AM    
What benefit does the UIGEA have for our country?  It is anti-business and pro-criminal.  It runs valuble tax dollars out of our country and into the carribean islands while making ordinary people act like criminals just so they can have a little fun in the privacy of their own homes...

1/15/2009 7:49 AM    
Why is a game of skill treated as a game of chance! Poker is a game of skill like Chess or Bridge. Why not legalize it and gain an additional tax base!

1/15/2009 7:50 AM    

Poker is a game of skill.

1/15/2009 7:51 AM    
The racetracks have no right to call the kettle black. At least onlne poker is accessable to me, whereas, going to the track or a casino is more expensive.

1/15/2009 7:56 AM    
In some way, banning gambling is like banning alcohol! Go figure in the history book.

1/15/2009 7:58 AM    

1/15/2009 7:59 AM    
I consider online poker and the companies involved more honest, trustworthy, AND reliable than Wall Street/ Stock market.

1/15/2009 8:00 AM    
Poker is an American game. I'm not even American and I feel this way. How can your country not embrace it?

1/15/2009 8:01 AM    
Legalize ONLINE Poker because I would hate knowing my Cardrunners membership would mean nothing if I cant play online!

1/15/2009 8:02 AM    
If you can let people who can't afford houses get loans.  Then let an adult who pays his taxes and mortgage have the right to play poker online.  I'm not asking for a " Bail Out " just the right to play poker online in my own home.  While I have your attention lets talk to Congress about not adding the " PORK " to pending bills for vote.  This would have never happened if the bill was for one line item not all the extras you people add to a bill !!!

Lil Magil
1/15/2009 8:03 AM    
In this economic crisis it only makes sense to look at ways the government can make money.  Taxing a game of skill seems to make perfect sense.

1/15/2009 8:04 AM    
Online poker is a game of skill not chance.  Please legalize and regulate to keep the game fair for American citizens.

1/15/2009 8:04 AM    
There's no sensible reason to prohibit adults from playing poker online. The right wing religious nuts (a distinct minority) have had their way for too long under the Bush administration. It's time for a change. How can the USA afford to turn its back on such a lucrative industry in these economic times? Let's get it done.

1/15/2009 8:04 AM    
Dear President-elect Obama,

Please preserve our rights. Poker is legal all over the country, why not online. It's a game of skill, not a just a game of chance. I am much distrubed that the UIEGA was passed so surreptitiously, our government should be transparent, and it certainly doesn't behave that way. "For the people, by the People", not "For the Politicians and specials interests, by the politicians and special interests"!!!

1/15/2009 8:06 AM    
At the Indian Casino's you can use credit cards, bank cards ect.  Why not on line?  Why do I have to drive to a Casino to play poker????  The States have made packs with the Indian Casino's that won't allow us to play on line.  The Federal Government needs to have to last word on this subject, not the States!  Has something changed and States now have power over the Federal Laws?  We have rights that are being violated here.  Please allow on line Poker to boost the ecomany and protect the laws we as americans have rights to.  

1/15/2009 8:10 AM    
Let online players play legally and safe

J. Solis
1/15/2009 8:10 AM    
Putting the word "online" in front of "poker" should Not make it a crime.

"However you feel about gambling online or around the kitchen table, gambling with liberty is far more risky."

Prohibition failed once decades ago, and it's failing again; help America financially by legalizing and regulating.

Continued Success!

1/15/2009 8:11 AM    
Legalize online poker and regulate it. It is a game of skill and we should be able to play it in America.

1/15/2009 8:14 AM    
Online Poker needs to legalized!!! Why cant we as americans play it, when people in alot of other countrys can!!!!!!!!

1/15/2009 8:16 AM    
The function of our Government should be to protect our liberties and rights. It IS NOT to act as our nanny regulating what we do, what we see, what we eat, etc.

If you don't like online poker: Don't Play! But do not interfere with my choice to do so.

1/15/2009 8:18 AM    
I'm for collecting these taxes and removing the stigma from a card game.  But an enormous amount of evidence shows that poker is addictive, particularly to young people, and mostly young people play online.  Until the government can get aggressive about age limits and funding treatment for compulsive card players, it needs to hold off.  Young people are losing out on opportunities and mortgaging their futures to a zero-sum proposition for which they are not prepared, emotionally or psychologically.  Poker playing should be safe, legal, and rare, at least among those under 21.

1/15/2009 8:22 AM    

The UIGEA is flawed. Why was there an exception for Horse Racing and Lotteries. Obviously, this bill was written by special interest, whose only interest was not the American people. The writers and supports the UIGEA were seeking protection from on-line poker.   

I play on-line poker because I enjoy it. After a day of working it is a way of relaxing.

Please repeal the UIGEA!

1/15/2009 8:24 AM    
Get the government out of our homes!  Regulate and tax and let the citizens of the US decide how they want to spend their money.  Stop the hypocrisy.

1/15/2009 8:25 AM    
Please change this act.  Its a game of skill.  This needs to be looked at immediatly.

thank you

1/15/2009 8:28 AM    
50-100 years ago, America thought that a president that played poker was a positive thing.  President Obama, I understand that you are a poker player.  One of the reasons I voted for the Democratic Presidential candidate for the first time was because you are a poker player and McCain plays Craps.  It was evident from how your campaign's were ran that my assumptions that a poker player differs in important ways from a craps gambler were dead on.

Beyond the usual arguments about taxation, prohibition, fairness, etc that we have all heard, I would like to put forward the idea that legalizing poker can help improve America's ability to compete in the world.  Poker can train important life skills, like risk analysis and control, decision making based on limited information, lie detecting, long-term money management, etc.  These are skills that we do not train in our schools, colleges or families.  Poker is a small way to help America train future politicians and business leaders.

1/15/2009 8:37 AM    

Poker is a game of skill and the game benefits those who play as long as it is done responsibly. The UIGEA is far over-reaching and only serves to damage one of America's greatest passtimes.

1/15/2009 8:40 AM    
There should be a way that hard working Americans to be able to spend there own free time and money playing poker

7 Deuce Don
1/15/2009 8:42 AM    
The only way to play poker legally in my area it to go to an Indian Casino.  I think the tax money this would generate would do lots of good and If it is legal for the indians, I want it to be legal for me too.

1/15/2009 8:43 AM    
This can be done.  I can count on you America!

1/15/2009 8:43 AM    
Why not treat these sites as you treat casinos? They have a tax/operational fee, and theyre legal. Why not do the same for gambling online? Makes no sense, are you going to outlaw porn, but keep strip clubs open? Whats the difference?

1/15/2009 8:45 AM    
Legalizing online poker would add a huge funding source for the government.......  The prohibition for alcohol didnt work, and denying online poker will hve the same problems.  Please honor our constitutional rights.

1/15/2009 8:46 AM    
President Obama,

WTG!!  on your biggest win, the Presidency!

I'm a voting, poker playing, baby boomer.  I'm proud to say I've been playing/learning this game of  skill  since I was big enough to sit on my pawpaw's lap. An avid poker player himself, I can remember him saying, " Ah, free to drink, eat, and play poker, only in America."  I wonder what he would say now?

Mr. President, this is an excellent example of  history repeating itself!  Have we not learned our history lesson?  The prohibition of  liquor was joke and was repealled. Something some considered evil, turned out to be a good tax revenue for city, county, state, and federal governments!  Couldn't  this be the same?

You are now our leader and the voice for all us poor working class Americans.  Please, change this Jr. Bush blunder!   I'm certain your clean-up / fix-it  tasks are huge from Jr.'s administration, but could you please put this task on an asap list?

If my great, great, great, grand babies have to pay for what our era of government has spent, lent, promised, and borrowed; don't also take away our  family tradition, freedom to play poker.

Thanks for your time!

1/15/2009 8:47 AM    
Mr Obama,
Since 2002 I have played and made a good living from Online Poker.
The Folowing Year I watched a Man Named Chris MoneyMaker win the World Poker Championship.
This man won a Satelite to this WSOP Main event ,Online. He played in a Competition that had a Field of  839 players.

The 2006 world series of poker main event attracted 8,773 participants and
60% more than the previous year's total, with an $88 million prize pool. An
estimated 90% of players made their way into the wsop main event
tournament through satellite tournaments played online.

Every Year the Number of Players in this Competition Grows Higher, As Does the Prize Pool.
How much Money has other Countries Gained from all of this? BILLIONS.
We play on there Sites and By there Rules, There Socalled Random Card Shuffle. My Opinion, There sites are Programed For there Advantage. The House and The Socalled House Players of the Site Have the Advantage. Non Based USA Sites. Canada Being the Server to the Us for theses sites off shore.

This Bill that has been slipped into Congress Is not the way to Solve this Problem. It has only attempted to stop Millions of Americans From Competing. There Is to much to gain from Online Poker and the Poker community. To much Money to help the economy, This can not happen If the Law stands.

As a Poker Player I want to play on a United States Poker Site. A Site that is Built by Americans with a True Random Shuffle If Possible. I want to be Taxed after a Win, Not at the end of the Year. This Can be Done.
The only way to Solve the Online Poker problem is to Build such a Site, For americans.

Ask yourself this Question Mr President. If your Wife Said: Barack, I would like to Compete for the Ladies Poker Championship. What would you say? Would you say: It's Gambling, Theres No skill.
Or would you say: Competing Against the Likes of Cindy Violette,Jennifer Harman,Jennifer Tilly,Clonie Gowen would be a Very big Challenge Competion wise?
A Good Question Mr President? Now what if she could only  Do this Online? Is the Challenge and the Competion still in Play? Yes it Is.

My Point Is Mr Obama, There are Gamblers and there are People Who Compete for world titles.
There are Millions of us and Online poker is a Door to this Opportunity. We Compete in the Biggest Sport in the World! Dont take it from us we Work to hard to achieve this goal. All we ask is that you think about it please. You yourself are Part of History Now. Now make History again and Rebuild the United States, But keep the Poker Community in Mind. We would like the Opportunity to help you.

GodBless you Sir and your Family, And GoodLuck, We all know you can Beat the Challenges In Front of you!

1/15/2009 8:47 AM    
Legalize the skill game of poker and give us our freedom to choose back.  We as Americans should have that right.  Poker can be regulated and taxed properly, just figure it out and legalize it.

1/15/2009 8:48 AM    
I am appalled that you would try to take online poker away from us...This is truly an outrage...How dare anyone tell me that playing online poker which is my form of entertainment is a crime.....Only 1 solution and that is to Legalize Online Poker...making it a crime is sooooo ridiculous so I ask you do not take away our right....why can we play poker at a casino but online poker is a crime?  doesnt make any sense to me...its just plain stupid....hope someone comes to their senses

1/15/2009 8:50 AM    
Online poker should be legal. There no reason for it not to be. The US government could greatly benefit from all the tax money it will bring. Legalize Online poker now.

1/15/2009 8:51 AM    
poker should be legalized immediately.  What a great way for Americans to have fun and for once enjoy paying taxes.  If these sites are legalized, regulated, and taxed--it is one of the best win/win situations we will ever have.
As has been said before--every civilized country in the western world can play online poker legally and we (the poker players in America) would much rather see a regulated industry which our govt. can collect serious tax money at a time when they greatly need it than play as we do now and the taxpayers of America are getting nothing.

1/15/2009 8:51 AM    
Please repeal this midnight bill. Poker playing online is not a crime and should be regulated and taxed for the benefit of our country.

1/15/2009 8:53 AM    
I wholeheartedly agree; my choice to bet money on a personal skill is none of the government's goddamn business.  How could they have ever thought that it was?

1/15/2009 8:54 AM    
Legalize online poker!  I can't believe it's legal to buy an assault rifle but not legal to bet $10 at online poker!

1/15/2009 8:56 AM    
My country sent me to war.  Surely I earned the right to play a card game!

1/15/2009 8:57 AM    
Poker is not just a bunch of kids and degens losing all their money. There are a bunch of people who make there sole living playing online poker. The UIGEA is simply trying to take their jobs. We need to create and not take jobs in this current state of economy. Regulate and tax legitimate online poker companies and everyone wins.

1/15/2009 8:58 AM    
It's a game of skill, not against the house. Also, this is a personal freedom that the government should be supporting, not hindering. And with the economy in the toilet, why let all of this revenue go untaxed?

1/15/2009 8:59 AM    
I'm retired and I really enjoy playing poker, both at local casinos and on line. I use the online poker to sharpen my skills making playing against live players more successful. This is the same as playing chess or bridge on lin to sharpen skills. On line there is access to thousands of players giving a wide range of play strategy.t

1/15/2009 9:00 AM    
if there is no skill factor in poker the professionel players have to be the luckiest guys on the planet , they should buy lottery tickets...
there are no professional roulette players, why? because roulette is a game of luck, the bank has an edge thats why they offer it, in poker the bank can't influence the running of the game...
so legalize it!!!

1/15/2009 9:02 AM    
Online poker is a game of skill that should not be restricted under federal law.

The federal government should not cave in to the interests of brick and mortar casinos and their wealthy shareholders at the expense of the everyman.  We have seen too much government for the rich lately.  Should the brick and mortar casinos wish to make a revenue stream from online poker, there should be nothing to stop them from becoming competitive in this online revenue source.

People are already required to declare gambling winnings as income, so there is no real need to apply a new tax to this revenue stream.  If the federal government fears tax evasion, it simply needs to enforce existing law.

I am so happy that Pres. Elect Obama is a reasonable man.  I encourage him to lead congress in viewing this issue without rhetoric, and with a solid dose of common sense.  There is money to be had in online poker....revenue for the hosting corporation, revenue for the Internet Service Providers, and tax revenue for federal and state governments (under already existing income tax requirements).

When we hear the rhetoric about new job creation and innovation, isn't that what online poker represents.  Green energy is not the only example of an innovative job market, and online poker fits the bill.

1/15/2009 9:03 AM    

I like poker and fudgerounds!!!  and thats my right!!!

1/15/2009 9:03 AM    
This is a great Idea !!! I'm support 100% not only to play online, to play poker everywhere in America... it's a game of skill !!!.

1/15/2009 9:04 AM    
Online poker is going strong and due to government's unclear policies outside agencies are benfitting. The govt can legalise online poker and gain a lot in terms of taxes as well as votes

1/15/2009 9:06 AM    
It could be taxed and help our econmy so much i know i used to play a lot online until they tried to outlaw it.

1/15/2009 9:07 AM    
This is one of the many stupid legacies of the Bush administration and can be easily overturned by the Treasury Dept. In a bricks and mortar casino I have to get 1099'ed for winnings. Why not the same online?

1/15/2009 9:13 AM    
Why do we continue to let revenue go to other countries?? Legalize poker here in the US and keep the revenue to boost our sagging economy.

1/15/2009 9:14 AM    
I believe that the govt should stop trying to regulate online poker.  They should create a safe and legal environment and in doing so would create million of American jobs, stimulate the economy and create extra revenue in taxation.
Personally, I do not online poker, however I know many people that do and make a good living from it.  Poker is a game of skill.  There is no good reason for it to be prohibited and is a violation of American rights.

1/15/2009 9:15 AM    
I, and many others, will continue to play poker online. Protect us by regulating this industry, and increase government tax revenues while allowing US businesses to profit. Otherwise, all the money goes elsewhere; it's not like UIGEA stopped anyone from playing online. Besides, the sneaky way this bill was approved needs to be countered. I voted for Obama because I really feel that he is a voice for change, a new way of doing politics, which is long overdue. This is one issue where promise can be delivered, rather than being mere rhetoric. I look forward to the many changes to come over the next several years.

1/15/2009 9:15 AM    
How I spend my recreational dollars shouldn't be limited to something the government says I can do. They don't stop me from playing the lottery or going to casinos and this should be no different. I earned the money and it is my right to spend it as I wish.

1/15/2009 9:17 AM    
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We can not afford to continue surrendering trade sanctions to the EU and small Caribbean countries just to keep online poker/gambling out of the US. We need to bring ourselves in line with our trade agreements and simply regulate the sector properly.

J Lohnes
1/15/2009 9:17 AM    
Please don't let this be swept under the rug!
I am a professional poker player. I am also a family man, a contributing member of society, and a proud American. This issue is of extreme importance to me and many others just like me.

1/15/2009 9:22 AM    
This is a no brainer!!!

Repal the UIGEA.  It is unfair and unconstitutional!

1/15/2009 9:22 AM    
I agree.  Keep online poker legal.  Regulate it, tax it...whatever, just let us play.

1/15/2009 9:22 AM    

"This is win/win, the government can stop attempting to limit the freedoms of americans to spend their time and money as they please, and in return gain billions per year in tax revenue."

Well said.

1/15/2009 9:25 AM    
regulate it and tax it.  win/win.  prohibition will never work.

1/15/2009 9:27 AM    


1/15/2009 9:28 AM    
Poker is a game of skill and it needs to be legalized throughout the entire United States, online and offline!

1/15/2009 9:28 AM    
Legalize online poker immediately! It is our right to be able to spend our money as we like. I don't see why dog/horse racing, betting on sports, bingo, etc. are not illegal but poker is. Give us our right to be able to play without any prosecution!

1/15/2009 9:29 AM    
I would love if you would legalize this

1/15/2009 9:29 AM    
this is a really good idea.

1/15/2009 9:33 AM    
I voted for you Mr. President, you have many tough issues ahead of you with the Economy being the largest, immediate one.  Get rid of this partisan riddled, anti-American law and let the people play without fear!!!  Tax us on it, we welcome it, we want to contribute to the healing of our country and economy!!  Give us the tool to do out part...Legalize On-Line Poker!!!!

regular guy
1/15/2009 9:34 AM    
Hmmmm, participants in a game of skill willing to be taxed in order to receive appropriate regulation........sounds like a win WIN for all.

1/15/2009 9:35 AM    
I wish to play online poker in a legal and safe enviroment.

1/15/2009 9:35 AM    

Online Poker is my right. It is not the place of government to tell me I can't play online.

1/15/2009 9:35 AM    
Government needs to stop telling us how we spend our hard earned money.  If they want their piece of the pie, then regulate online gambling.  It would benefit the players and make the government millions & billions.  Win/win situation.  Get rid of the UIGEA and regulate - it is the right thing to do!

1/15/2009 9:36 AM    
Obama wrote in his book,  The Audacity of Hope,  that he and some colleagues in the Illinios congress had a weekly poker game.  He understands the game.  Now he needs to understand the financial potential of taxing online poker.  Prohibition did not stop America from drinking and this stupid piece of legisalation won't stop America from playing poker online.  In the land of freedom it is our right.  Now legalize it, tax it, and let's use it to help america get moving again!

1/15/2009 9:38 AM    
This type of regulation is simply unwarranted intrusion in our lives.  Government can do much good - but this waste of time and money achieves nothing but to make a recreational activity more inconvenient.

1/15/2009 9:38 AM    
Overturn the UIGEA and legalize online poker. YES WE CAN!

1/15/2009 9:39 AM    
This is not an area for the "nanny state" to be regulating.  The hallmark of a free society is allowing its adult citizens to make their own decisions, whether someone else feels those decisions are good or bad.
If I, as a woman, have the right to choose to keep or terminate a pregnancy, why in the world would my government be telling me I can't play poker, a game of skill, online?
Time to inject some rationality in what is worthy of government regulation and what would be a waste of government resources to regulate.
Happy January 20th!

1/15/2009 9:43 AM    
Ultimately, it's really up to each individual person as to how they choose to spend their leisure dollars. It makes absolutely no sense that I can go to a local casino and play poker, and yet some people do not want me to be able to play poker from the comfort of my own home.  

I will note that although I do not vote for/against someone based upon a single issue, I  DO take into account a candidate's stance regarding personal liberties. In  general, I regard opposition to on-line poker playing as an indicator that the candidate wants to get overly involved in my personal life. I have voted against candidates who oppose on-line poker playing.

Also, best of luck to President-elect Obama over the next four years.

Thank you.

Chips R Low
1/15/2009 9:43 AM    
This is win/win, the government can stop attempting to limit the freedoms of americans to spend their time and money as they please, and in return gain billions per year in tax revenue.

Even if you are against poker, no one is forcing you to play, but you will benefit from the taxes collected from those who do.

Poker is a skill game that is NOT played against the house, so there are also many skilled americans who earn additional income from it and the government should not be trying to take that away.

We have to realize that gambling is never going away, and we must also realize that it is better to regulate it than to prohibit it (because prohibitions do not work).

Chips R Low
1/15/2009 9:44 AM    


1/15/2009 9:45 AM    
I am from KY, which I am still proud to say, despite what my state's government is trying to do right now with the domain name stealing (or at least that's what I call it) to try and stop Kentuckians from playing poker online.  I can buy a lottery ticket at any gas station, play bingo at church, and bet on the horses but my state government has decided that it's online poker that will turn us all into degenerate gamblers.  Sigh.  I know the President elect can't stop that particular act of stupidity (hopefully a judge will) but UIGEA needs to go and that he can fix.

1/15/2009 9:47 AM    
Please allow the legalization of online gambling to be a freedom and right for the american people. online gambling is world wide and the united States does not give us americans this freedom of choice. Please Mr. President give this right to the amercan people, thank  you. Wayne D. Gibbs

1/15/2009 9:48 AM    
by not legalizing online poker, taxing  and regulating it you are missing out on one of the greatest sources of tax revenue available.

1/15/2009 9:48 AM    
Online Poker is regulated in the UK already.  South Africa offers it under regulations.  Italy just approved it for licensing.  France is looking to regulate it in 2009   Why are we so far behind in our approach to "America's Card Game"
Regulation is the only way to ensure that poker sites are bonded so we can get our deposits back, measures are in place to stop cheating, and from a public policy perspective, effective age restrictions are in place to ensure only adults are playing poker.  And guess what, in an online world there is a better ability to spot players who may exhibit problems playing and provide the limits to their play before it gets out of hand.

Oh yeah, if the government required financial reporting of winnings there is a lot of personal income that may not be captured, in addition to any corporate taxes on earnings from US BASED COMPANIES, that could fund other programs or just the bailout.  The first Continental Army used a lottery to help fund the war.  How about poker helping to address the mortgage crisis.  I have heard the potential revenues anywhere from $1B to $3B annually.

How about Ante Up for your Country?  Sounds good to me.

1/15/2009 9:48 AM    
Online Poker is regulated in the UK already.  South Africa offers it under regulations.  Italy just approved it for licensing.  France is looking to regulate it in 2009   Why are we so far behind in our approach to "America's Card Game"
Regulation is the only way to ensure that poker sites are bonded so we can get our deposits back, measures are in place to stop cheating, and from a public policy perspective, effective age restrictions are in place to ensure only adults are playing poker.  And guess what, in an online world there is a better ability to spot players who may exhibit problems playing and provide the limits to their play before it gets out of hand.

Oh yeah, if the government required financial reporting of winnings there is a lot of personal income that may not be captured, in addition to any corporate taxes on earnings from US BASED COMPANIES, that could fund other programs or just the bailout.  The first Continental Army used a lottery to help fund the war.  How about poker helping to address the mortgage crisis.  I have heard the potential revenues anywhere from $1B to $3B annually.

How about Ante Up for your Country?  Sounds good to me.

1/15/2009 9:49 AM    
Why would you continue to support legislation that makes a crime out of a game of skill that is legal in 48 states (Utah and Hawaii) being the exception. It is played in more homes on a Friday or Saturday night then any other pastime. It's time we got rid of laws that hurt the American people that were implimented by conservitive moralists that really don't represent the real majority but special interests. Poker  is as American as baseball. Please repeal the internet poker act.

1/15/2009 9:50 AM    
The stock market is more of a gamble than poker. The government allows people to gamble with other peoples retierment money. We should be able to play poker with our own money.

1/15/2009 9:51 AM    
A terrible law trying to strip us of our fundamental rights

1/15/2009 9:51 AM    
Let online poker players in the United States play legally and without fear of prosecution. Poker online is harmless fun game, played for pennies, and it can be a source of tax revenue for the US Government.

1/15/2009 9:55 AM    

Legalize it.  Regulate it.  Reap the rewards.

1/15/2009 10:00 AM    
legalize online poker! it only makes sense, our country is in deep turmoil and only seems to be getting worst. i work for General Motors and i play poker.  I have seen the negative effects from working at GM right now.  Our economy can deffinitely use Online poker for a boost.  Do you know how many millions if not billions of dollars that go through these poker websites, that can be taxable by the US government if made legal.

I mean seriously come on it really does make sense!

1/15/2009 10:00 AM    
This is kind of a selfish vote, but as many have said, it is unselfish in the grand scheme of things.

1/15/2009 10:02 AM    
Legalize It!

1/15/2009 10:04 AM    
I would like someone to tell me the difference between playing online poker and daytrading.  If you are allowed to day trade online with your own money then why aren't we able to play online poker with our own money.  There is just as much risk in trading stocks online than playing online poker, if not more.  Its my money, my time, and i should be able to do what i want, when i want, with it. Just like online day traders.  This law is a joke and should be taken off the books completely.  If were not able to play online poker, then we shouldn't be able to trade stocks online.

1/15/2009 10:06 AM    
Instead of these useless stimulus packages and bogus bailouts, why doesn't the goverment actually do something that will actually help the economy like legalizing/taxing online poker as well doing the same with marijuana? The revenue the government can generate from taxing these two vices is enough to bail out quite a few industries as well as lift up the morale of many Americans(myself included) who are tired of fighting a nonsensical machine that keeps telling us what we can or cannot do with our own money and bodies.


1/15/2009 10:07 AM    
Legalize Online Poker, it's the second american pasttime! Why should it be illegal to do something online that you can do in a casino? Poker's not illegal, so why should online poker be illegal? Go after actual criminals like child pornographers.

1/15/2009 10:07 AM    
Obama wants to create jobs but if the uiega goes through it will kill 1000's of jobs there are many people that play online poker for a job

1/15/2009 10:09 AM    
Please dont b ignant.....I just do not get how a government can determine that poker should be illegal, doesnt make sense, so many other countries have legal online poker, but the land of freedom doesnt. Peculiar

1/15/2009 10:10 AM    
Please show some common sense and legalize a regulated US-based online poker industry. It will exist no matter what the UIGEA says, so we might as well have a safe industry that can be taxed fairly.

JBL 13
1/15/2009 10:11 AM    
Forgetting for a moment about the skill argument. this entire situation has been caused by selfish, short sighted politicians abusing the system and using underhanded, secretive means to shove a completely self serving piece of legislation through the ratification process.  The result is that a HUGE untapped source of revenue that our country desperately needs has been redirected into foreign pockets.  We elected our new President because we needed some big changes and we need them NOW! This is a simple, obvious solution that will solve a problem AND please a great number of people who feel their personal freedoms are being curtailed.  Please step on up here and do the right thing.

1/15/2009 10:11 AM    
Repeal UIEGA.  It won't work and it infringes on free people - we are 'free,' right?

Let's regulate all forms of online gambling so we have a safe and legal environment that generates tax revenue.

1/15/2009 10:17 AM    
It is hypocritical for any government to allow its citizens to play a lottery which is won only by luck and disallow online poker which has a high degree of skill attached to it.

1/15/2009 10:20 AM    
Poker is as American as it gets. Why would they outlaw poker and exempt Lotterys and horse racing.  These ARE gambling....Poker is a game of Skill.

1/15/2009 10:25 AM    
This is suppose to be a free country !!!!! , Where is our freedom !!!! , It's our money and if we choose to play online poker we should be able to do so!!!!! , I say worry about more important things and leave us poker players ALONE .

1/15/2009 10:26 AM    
I agree with everyone else.  Online slot machines should be prohibited.  Not online poker!

1/15/2009 10:28 AM    
Poker is a game of skill and should not be included with other types of on line gambling.  It should be lawful and taxed as other forms of legal gambling

1/15/2009 10:28 AM    
Read The One Click Revolution

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1/15/2009 10:30 AM    

1/15/2009 10:31 AM    
This is a must do for poker, then it can be regulated and a lot of tax money raised!

We also need to legalize home games with a cap per week!

1/15/2009 10:31 AM    
I'm an intelligent 60 year old adult who should be able to decide what to do with my money.  I've played poker my entire life, have read poker theory and training books extensively, and have attended several poker boot camps.  I've done all this to make sure my poker game has as little as possible to do with luck and as much as possible to do with skill.  It's a game I enjoy very much and it disgusts me that the UIGEA regulations could be pushed on us, especially through such a sneaky back door approach.

Legalize poker as a game of skill and regulate online poker.

1/15/2009 10:32 AM    
I hope that the Obama adm. will take a look at this and at least give some thought to repeal the uigea. It is probably one of the most unamerican laws ever passed,it takes away some people's livelyhood,and deprives a lot more people of something any government should never interfer with,the right to do whatever you want in the privacy of your own home.Whatever your feelings are on online poker,when we start regulating peoples pasttimes,we are going down a very dangerous road.

1/15/2009 10:33 AM    
Legalize and regulate online poker. It only makes sense.

1/15/2009 10:37 AM    
Our loser federal government shouldn't regulate anything... all it does is make winners and losers.  Winners of companies who have connections to government and losers of those who don't.  This is eventually leading to a country where the only people with a good job will be those with government connections, and the everyone else will have bad jobs or none at all.

I voted for Ron Paul, but any issues that Obama sides with him on would be great.  Thanks.

1/15/2009 10:39 AM    
Somebody explain to me, like you would a 5 year old, what the difference is between playing poker and playing the stock market! I don't know any poker players who have lost as much money as those non-gambler stock market supporters did with Madoff and his ponzi scheme! Or how about those anti-poker do gooders that had their retirement investment wrapped up in the stock market for the last year! They would have been money ahead to sit down in a good poker game. At least they would have had some fun! The UIGEA was tacked onto another bill and pushed through in the middle of the night without any public debate. REPEAL the UIGEA!

1/15/2009 10:40 AM    
the uigea is one more instance of the fundamentalist right attempting to legislate the morals of the american public. the united states could gain billions a year in revenue by legalizing znd taxing online poker. this is also the best way to ensure that the games are properly controlled, kept honest, and children prevented from playign.

1/15/2009 10:40 AM    
Online poker is no different from national lottery games which are legal in the US.  The Indian Casino Industry is against this for reasons of self interest.  Allow Americans to play poker online.

1/15/2009 10:41 AM    
The United States economy could have really benefited from the online poker boom. Hundreds of Millions of dollars if not Billions of dollars have been lost to offshore companies due to old polices. With are nation looking to raise revenue this is a perfect opportunity to get a piece of the pie. If many states allready allow lotteries, horse racing, dog racing and scratch offs, then oline poker should also be allowed in all states. Bottom line the government needs to run more like a profitable business and not be a burden to its citizens. If you are gonna have expensive programs that must be paid for like medicare and social security, then we better think outside of the box if we are ever gonna solve these problems.

1/15/2009 10:43 AM    
All of this attempt at change is futile in the light of politician's need to be shined in the best light possible for the public. You think Obama will make himself look bad by passing this agenda? He will stick to the same issues every poilitician does and choose the politically correct side to stay in office and on everyones good side.

There is deffinitly a lot of BS involved when lotterys and horse racing get passes but poker gets shafted. But thats the nature of politics, everythings crooked. I hope Obama is for change, but it's all been said before. In fact, his change campaign is kind of generic.

Regardless good luck on the tables!

1/15/2009 10:44 AM    
Topics like these are why many of us spirits have been broken. We feel our voice is unheard and more and more our privacy becomes infringed upon. We work hard and pay our taxes if we want to play a game that challenges us at the end of the day in our own homes it is our right. The fact that this became tied to the port security bill would have our forefathers rolling. We are know forced to fight for something the constitution gives us the right to do. Who are we hurting??

A government for the people? or a government to control the people?

Mr. Obama you've given many of us hope that we have sorely needed. And I know how much you repect the history of the office your about to take. Please make your mark , listen to us and don't cast us all aside as the herd as the Bush admin. did. The American people are much smarter than the elite Wash. crew may think. And if you'd like to play me heads up in any poker game of your choosing ....I'm willing ; )

1/15/2009 10:45 AM    
I have been playing poker online for years. Right now I have COPD, and I am on short tearm disability. There is a free roll for NBC heads up championship, I won the the chanch
to compeet in the finals. This is wonderfull. So many of us on line poker is a great way to
learn the game, and have fun doing so. Yes I do play for money now and then. I would
love to know I am doing so legally, At this time I am unable to travel. Please have an ear to all the on line Poker Players.

1/15/2009 10:45 AM    
It was absolutely outrageous how this bill was passed.  This type of action is not what we vote our representatives into office for.  Any representative who forces their own personal agenda onto the American public deserves to be ousted from office.  This law must be repealed to allow anyone who choses to play online poker to play legally.

1/15/2009 10:47 AM    
Legalize Poker NOW!!!

1/15/2009 10:48 AM    
When China is allowed to play and we aren't somethign is wrong.  This is revenue for the country, and in no means degenerate gambling.  Poker is a time honored skill game played by even the oldest presidents in our history.  Regulate it and protect the US citizens, whilemaking revenue, how no brainer is this?

1/15/2009 10:50 AM    
Legalize online poker its a game of skill that people should have the right to play as they choose.

1/15/2009 10:55 AM    
People should have the right, to decide if they would like to play online poker or not, without becoming criminals in the process, regulate it and reap the rewards.

Nathan S.
1/15/2009 10:55 AM    
More or less every point has already been made, so I just want to add my support to repealing the UIGEA. Neither party could have found the support to pass this legislation if they had not hidden it behind a national security bill that no one with any interest in re-election could vote against.

1/15/2009 10:55 AM    
Vote down the UIGEA, allow us to play a game of skill in our own homes, the government wasn't made on the grounds that it should police morals for everyone.

1/15/2009 10:56 AM    
Legalize it!

1/15/2009 10:58 AM    
The UIGEA is just another stain on Bush's legacy.  Please use common sense and repeal it.

1/15/2009 11:02 AM    
If it's legal for Americans to gamble in casinos and cardrooms all across the nation, those same freedoms should apply to the Internet. All the concerns people have about gambling online can be addressed simply by setting up a licensing and regulation structure for the business in our nation.

The benefits are that you're no longer restricting peoples right to choose to gamble (a moral issue, not a legal one that should be handled by the government) and providing a tremendous source of tax revenue that can only help our government and economy.

It's time to overturn the UIGEA and other antiquated laws trying to ban online gambling and put in motion the legislation to make the industry work in our favor.

1/15/2009 11:05 AM    
If you play online poker today, you play through an offshore entity that is not regulated or legal under current laws.  This same site does not demonstrate any transparency with what types of investments are used with depositor monies. Do to their private nature, no one knows the debt levels these enties hold. No one knows if they have lost perhaps millions in the stock/credit crash. Citi Group, Bank of America, WaMu, Lehman Brothers, AIG.... All large, once trusted, corporate, regulated entites that gambled depositor money and risked beyond what was acceptable. They have all lost and now taxpayers are footing the bill.

So what if one or all of these offshore companies placed your deposits in even simple S&P 500 based ETF funds? If so, they lost 40% of your money in 2008. Yet you will never know. And it's a myth that money is kept in a seperate checking account for each player. No company would ever keep cash under a mattress. Especially with exchage rates chaging hourly and these offshore sites dealing with multiple currencies.

So the big issue here is customer protection. It's the ability to trust that your money is protected and there's no incentive to intice a ponize scheme should 50% of deposits be lost. It's to protect from a "run on the bank" which would colapse these entities and leave many with nothing but a closed internet link, empty pockets and no where to turn.

Gambling vs. skill is irrelevant. You choose your method of play and game of choice. But what's important is that the backing should be made by reputable firms and corporate enties that give you access to financial statements and true value. Having nothing but an email address and backwards transactions from random checking companies is nothing but participation in a known risky proposition.  

Legalize because legalization protects the consumer.

1/15/2009 11:05 AM    
Tax and Regulate a billion dollar business.  Our government could use all the tax dollars it can get its hands on.  Stop trying to protect citizens from themselves.  Just like you cant protect the small percentage who have a drinking problem from drinking to much, we will never be able to stop the small percentage who have a gambling problem from gambing too much.

Online poker is a hobby to over a million Americans.  A hobby they can enjoy from the comfort of their own homes.  Please stop trying to tell us how we can spend OUR money.

If you demand protection from minors and problem gamblers there are MANY safeguards out there.  Self exemption and limits to the amount that you can lose are some safeguards that NO live casino can offer.

How about some change and common sense for America, it would be refreshing.

1/15/2009 11:06 AM    
Why is playing cards illegal!!!! What is this kindy camp?

1/15/2009 11:07 AM    
freedom for Poker!

1/15/2009 11:07 AM    
Online poker should be legalized.  It is a game of skill.  Yes, there is some chance involved in the short run, but over the long run, the best players win.
People all over the world, including in the US are playing.
By leaglizing it, the government can regulate it and also collect tax on income earned from online poker playing.
There is no reason to make this illegal except that the government wnats to push its ideals on its citizens.
That is not what America is about, it is about Freedom of choice, and if I want to choose to play online poker, I should be allowed to.

1/15/2009 11:12 AM    
You have the right idea here,almost. As long as they tax the companies, and do not tax us on our winnings.  This is the pain in the butt area, Just like the horses & casinos You have to claim the wiinning then go thru the pain of writing off all your losses, what a waste of everyones time. Trying to tax money htats already been taxed. Enough already.

1/15/2009 11:13 AM    
Repeal this law, and do not tax online gambling!

1/15/2009 11:14 AM    
Reapeal the UIGEA NOW

1/15/2009 11:15 AM    

The people of the U.S.A. needs to have our freedom of choice.and if we choose to play a game of skill then we should be allowed to do so. Poker is not a crime!!!

1/15/2009 11:15 AM    


Ohio Mike
1/15/2009 11:16 AM    
I play Hold Em and other poker as a skill game.  Except for one $50.00 deposit in January a year ago, I've funded ALL my play, some 600.00, from free rolls on Full Tilt Poker.  That's ALL YEAR.

So this absurd UIGEA is just that -- absurd and uninformed.  This is a SKILL GAME with players in it who unfortunately lose, whine and make it bad for those of us WHO KNOW WHAT WE'RE DOING.

ANY activity is going to have its whiners.  I say serve them up some "Cheese with that whine", tell them to shut up and leave us alone.

I appreciate any honest intent to boost the moral fabric of our society and I can see where gamblers as opposed to players has brought such on us who are players.  It has to be appreciated that gamblers will be such no matter what laws are put in place to protect them from themselves.

The government has no business telling me how to live and no matter what damage a gambler does to themselves, they've no right there either.   It's their life and my life is MINE.  I don't care for the hand-holding.

Not all games like ours are bad.  It's time our government realized this, like the governments of other countries do.

Jimmy V
1/15/2009 11:16 AM    
I would appreciate the option of playing online poker, as I did in the past.
Please reinstate the game and let us players choose for ourselves.
Thank You.
Jimmy V

1/15/2009 11:18 AM    
This is a terrible, unenforcable law that is not only a burden on our struggling banking industry but a slap in the face to grown adults who just want to play a game of poker. By the way, ask anybody who plays and they will tell you poker is a game of skill, which are unarguably LEGAL to play online. Poker deserves to get this skill definition as well.

Marshall S.
1/15/2009 11:21 AM    
If it's my money in my home and  I am not hurting anyone else, I should have the freedom as an American to do with it what I wish.  Online Poker also represents a good opportunity for extra tax money.


1/15/2009 11:23 AM    
It seems my views are shared by many others.
I propose that the U.S. regulates and taxes online poker.
Allow us to play the games we love, in an enviroment we can trust.

1/15/2009 11:26 AM    
China limits the internet access of their citizens...are we trying to follow their lead?

1/15/2009 11:33 AM    
I live in the state of Maryland, which in the last election legalized slot machines.  SLOT MACHINES for crying out loud!!!  The main argument used to justify this idea was that it would generate hundreds of thousands of dollars for education in the state simply from the taxes.

How is it okay to tell our children that their education is being funded by a source of gambling designed to fleece hard earned money from citizens...and in the same breath tell them that games which require genuine skill are immoral and unlawful?

Poker allows players the opportunity to control their own destiny to a large degree.  I'm not enough of a statistician to calculate the odds of simply "breaking even" in slots...which players have no control of whatsoever.

The only message I can see being offered to the school kids supposedly benefiting from all this is:  learning how to devekop skills is not nearly as important as learning how to pull a lever over and over again like some trained circus animal.

1/15/2009 11:34 AM    
Poker is a game of skill, exactly like the stock market. There is no reason online poker should be illegal.

1/15/2009 11:34 AM    
No reason this shouldn't be a reality.  Absolutely NO reason.

1/15/2009 11:35 AM    
This is not so much a matter of poker being a game of skill or luck it's a matter of freedom that I have as an AMERICAN Citzen ! STOP BIG BROTHER from taking away my FREEDOM

1/15/2009 11:37 AM    
Unlikely the 1100th or so comment will be read, but here goes...

Ours is a free society in which, in general, our freedoms are bounded by laws (hopefully) intended either to protect the exercise of one's own rights from impinging upon the rights of others (laws that limit my right to swing my fist freely when someone else's nose is in the way) and laws which limit the individual's rights in favor of the common good (like anti-discrimination regulations, for instance). Unfortunately, the UIGEA does not seem to do either. It seems intended solely to limit the freedom of Americans to participate in a lawful activity that harms no one. In addition, it is poor legislation, in that it is vague and nigh-unenforceable, and serves no clear purpose

David Steele
1/15/2009 11:42 AM    
How can anyone doubt that poker is a game of skill? How else is it that we see the same people year after year in the World Series Championship? The rise of televised poker mirrors the rise of the UFC in many ways. It wasn't too long ago that not very many people could say who Chuck "The Ice Man" Liddell and Randy "The Natural" Couture were and now, they are almost househould names. Are not Daniel "Kid Poker" Negreanu and Chris "Jesus" Ferguson now the Liddell and Couture of the poker table? Come on President Obama! I voted for you, now you vote for us! Legalize and tax online gambling and watch the country reap the benefits!

1/15/2009 11:43 AM    
Legalise Online POker!

1/15/2009 11:44 AM    
We have lottery's legally in about all state's that are suspose to fund good cause's.Online poker should be an individual's right not an goverment issue.To some it is not only a past time but enjoyable,espically to us that is disabled and cannot travel or be out much.
It is not only unfair to a democratic nation to take away a right it is not constutional.Allow each to select thier own ways of seeking happiness and prosperity.It is our right as americans.Do what is right and legal.Legalize online poker and let us have our freedom of rights.

1/15/2009 11:44 AM    
what is the down side?

1/15/2009 11:45 AM    
Obama, please allow Americans the freedom to do what they please with their money, including playing games of skill.


1/15/2009 11:45 AM    

* Remove a pointless and ineffective restriction on the freedom of American citizens.
* Increase Federal revenue with a tax on an optional activity.
* Protect players by allowing a legal and regulated alternative to shady offshore sites.

poker face
1/15/2009 11:46 AM    
Change the law to restrict banking to be allowed for only U.S. based internet poker sites. This would generate billions of dollars for our country.

1/15/2009 11:48 AM    
I shudder to think of how much money is being shipped abroad in the form of American dollars paid in Rake for online poker.  Legalize, regulate, and tax this industry and I think that we all will find a huge source of revenue to stimulate our economy.

1/15/2009 11:48 AM    
This is a game that is as American as the Bill of Rights! Let us be free to play our favorite pasttime, the skill game of Poker.

1/15/2009 11:48 AM    
Please give this serious consideration.

I dealt poker in Atlantic City for 6 years.  I enjoyed playing poker on line.  Granted, I played only .50/$1.00 poker for relaxation.  But, I knew many players and knew of many players who supplemented their incomes with on-line poker.

Poker is a skill game played by many people of all ages. One of the great things about poker is that it is a great equalizer. Wheelchairs don't matter.  I have even met blind players who would have a helper verbalize the cards for them. It's a tough way to play to be sure--but there is a love of the skill of the game.  All are welcome.

The illegalization of on-line poker through that little paragraph in the Port Security Act did a great injustice to all who are home bound either through physical limitation or inclement weather.  If it is legal for us as American citizens to work as poker players in poker rooms that abound about the country, how is it illegal for us to work at home?

Why should we send millions of dollars to other countries?  The tax revenue would be a great plus.   It can be done easily and profitably.  This is truly a simple fix.  Please legalize on-line poker once again as it should be.

I wish the rest of the horrid mess this last administration has left behind could be so easy...

Thank you so much for Winning!  I campaigned for you and will do my best to support you over the next 4-8 years.

Happy January 20th Everyone!!!!

Diane K.

1/15/2009 11:49 AM    
Regulate and accumulate. Win/win.

1/15/2009 11:49 AM    
I'll vote this up, BUT I am against the government using any form of gambling (including lotteries) to raise government funds because that leads to government advertising of gambling, which is wrong. Allowing gambling is okay, maybe along with gambling education to prevent gambling addictions, just not government encouragement (advertising) for gambling.

1/15/2009 11:50 AM    
It is absurd that online poker is not legal

1/15/2009 11:51 AM    
I am a big supporter  of the incoming administration both politically and financially. Having said that there are 2 issues that I am passionate about. The first is Health Care. The second is my right to choose to play poker, have it properly regulated and minimally taxed without creating a huge Bureaucracy around it. There are plenty of professional players with the ability to figure out how to both regulate and tax the play online. These are the proper people to come up with a plan that is fair and will work. This is a potential source of untapped finances that can be applied toward valuable proposed programs like HealthCare funding.

1/15/2009 11:52 AM    
What I dont understand is this, here in KY you can bet at the race tracks, even online bet on sports books on games of all sorts....this isnt considered illegal nothing is ever said about its popuarity amoung the masses which induldge in these private pleasures....Theres not much difference when a person can go to their favorite Club retreats and bet on the side thru Bookies, or whoever wants to take a bet.....and dont tell me it doesnt happen because I know for a fact it does in many private places......Gambling is gambling even if its within your home..So who is regulating the front and back doors of America? No one...Why because it is America and we do what we choose in the "Privacy" of our own homes...So if Im sitting behind my computer screen playing in a tournament freeroll or whatever why should I have to worry about this being illegal? My tax money funds jobs for people who want to "regulate" the industry......It also goes on persuing whatever I choose in my spare time as a hobbie or whatever....If its my money and I wanna spend it, then leave it alone...Best worries are made at focusing on Corporate Business which cant seem to manage their money wisely and worry about how I should handle mine....
Legalize Online Gaming, its safe, its revenue effective if done right, and it allows once again, FREEDOM OF CHOICE.....

1/15/2009 11:52 AM    
Legalize online poker. It's our right as Americans to play this age old game. Peolple have been playing for years.

1/15/2009 11:56 AM    
As Americans we should be able to do what we want, in our own homes. True the industry does need to be regulated so we don't get ripped off. As this is what has happened in the past. So please get it lealized as soon as possible.

1/15/2009 12:00 PM    
The American economy has already shipped too many jobs and too much revenue overseas. There are several online poker sites who want to operate in america, who want to pay taxes, and who want to create jobs here. There are millions of americans who enjoy playing but want their government to play a roll in protecting them from swindlers and poorly run sites. Don't let the loud (and sneaky) minority that passed this ridiculous legislation drag down the american economy for their own special interests.

1/15/2009 12:01 PM    
yes, we need the change. Let us the decide if we want to play poker on the internet not the government. This is america!

1/15/2009 12:01 PM    
America is "land of the free" yet I can't play a $10 sit and go on the website I choose while the rest of the world can?  Ludicrous!  Give us our freedoms and eliminate the Prohibition of the new gaming restrictions.

1/15/2009 12:01 PM    
This activity needs to be legalized online as it is ALREADY legal in casinos all over the country.  The national and state goverments are throwing away money that is badly needed, by forcing online poker (not gambling) to host outside the US borders.

1/15/2009 12:02 PM    
Please legalize online poker.  Many mechanisms exist to safeguard against minors gambling.  Tax directly from the websites if need be to ensure tax revenue (which obviously we are in dire need)!  Stop the protectionism of land based casinos.

John Lindley
1/15/2009 12:05 PM    

Please leagalize and regulate online poker transactions.  This is something that benefits many Americans, both through entertainment and income.

Texas Tea
1/15/2009 12:08 PM    
Lotz ways to boost our economy. Please look into allowing online poker sites in America.

1/15/2009 12:08 PM    
It is time! Hear our voice! Let my people go!

1/15/2009 12:12 PM    
Poker forever!
Legalize online poker right now!

cards speak
1/15/2009 12:12 PM    
Please allow citizens of this country to play a game they love. poker does not belong in the same category as sports betting and blackjack!!! the NFL and other lobbyists should not be allowed to make poker illegal! Legalize, Regulate, Stimulate economy. Bring online poker to the United States to help protect poker players and their money. Poker is not a crime!!!

1/15/2009 12:16 PM    
Spend the Governments Time and Money on the problems that actually exhist in America, and online Internet Poker isnt one of them..Do I need to say anymore..Take a look at the homeless, try to figure out why this happens, there are many reasons, and online Internet Poker isnt one of them, I was almost homeless because of a accident that crippled me on the job, well this once great country of ours thought it better to fight me on this for 8 1/2 years, untill they found out that I wasnt going to give up..This is a fact that almost 100% of anyone who files a S.S. or Disibility claim is turned down the first time they file, reason being this government thinks that if they deny us our rights that we will simply go away and get a lower paying job ..Well its also a fact the if you keep up the fight that even after 8 1/2 years you can win...I won, but It almost made me homeless. If I hadnt of taken care of my financial situations early on in life I would of had to sell my home, my land, even my vehicle, and i would be homeless, all becasue of elderly judges who have no right sitting in a chair that they should of been retired from before they reached their 70's in age, this is a fact for 1. and quit trying to take away our rights to live..what you give someone who files a claim for SS or disibility isnt going to make them rich, I use to make about $1500 a week driving a Truck cross country, and I worked hard, Now this government payes me less per month then what I use to make in a week, So get it together, and start working on other issues that effect Americans, and leave Internet Poker alone, its a fact that this is a game of skill, not a game of chance like the slot machines in Las Vegas that are legal...Get it together United States, and lets get United on the issues that really matter and quit wasting money and time on online Poker..Clearly in the pledge of allegiance it says United we stand, Divided we fall, well with this Republican, Democratic type Government we live in it only seems to me that we have been divided for far too long..
SIncerely..Gary..Disabled, and an Online Poker Player..

1/15/2009 12:21 PM    
DO IT!!!  from Russia with love! ))

1/15/2009 12:23 PM    
There are far more important things that our financial regulators can turn their attention toward. Repeal this unnecessary legislation.

1/15/2009 12:26 PM    
The banking industry has enough problems right now.  Don't make them spend millions of dollars to prohibit Americans from playing the SKILL GAME of internet poker.

1/15/2009 12:27 PM    


1/15/2009 12:27 PM    

Make America Free. Poker on line is a fun hobby for me. I play with people around the world. If I play unresponsiably, I answer to my wife, not the U.S. Government.

1/15/2009 12:30 PM    

I'm ALLIN !!

susan e
1/15/2009 12:36 PM    
Do Not Legalize on-line Poker.
This country would be much healthier if everyone actually got off their butts and actually did something productive!
If you like to gamble. Go to the park and play basketball. You can bet the opposing team that you will win.  No?  Take a walk with a friend and make a wager on how many people you will pass in fifteen minutes.

1/15/2009 12:37 PM    
I would appreciate the option of playing online poker, as I did in the past.
Please reinstate the game and let us players choose for ourselves.
Poker is a game of skill, exactly like the stock market. There is no reason online poker should be illegal.

1/15/2009 12:38 PM    
This country needs new ways to make money. A well regulated online poker industry can make the USA much needed tax revenue. Please repeal this badly written law and regulate a industry that whats to be regulated. Thank you.

1/15/2009 12:40 PM    
I am a professional poker player and have been associated with one of the major online sites.  I am breaking silence to say that this industry must be shut down.  It is run by unscrupulous people and the technology cannot be controlled.  The scams that have been uncovered so far are nothing compared to the day-to-day fraud that is perpetrated on the unkowing.  The job of an online casino is to get you to deposit your money with them.  They can control, through technology, who wins and who loses.  And they do.
People who play online are being cheated and they don't even know it.  Regulation won't do anything except create more graft in government.
To the apparently large group of the unknowing I would offer this; if you want to gamble, go to a physical casino where at least you have a chance to visually see if and how you are being cheated.  Always remember, where there is big money there is big graft.
But everything that I have read here points to an unwitting population who are demanding that they be given the right to be cheated.  So perhaps I should just have voted up and said, "Give the suckers what they want".

1/15/2009 12:46 PM    
Why is it the United States, a "Free Country" , is the ONLY civilized country in the WORLD that doesn't allow online poker?

Because our legislators have not figured a way to PROFIT from it !!!!!!!!!!!

Legalize online poker NOW!

1/15/2009 12:47 PM    
My husband and I own a small business in New Mexico.  We pay our share of taxes, and one of our ways of relaxing is playing online poker.  We really feel that it should be legalized so that the people that play it are not considered criminals.  There is alot of skill involved in playing poker, and we feel it is a healthy outlet to meet people and hoan our skills.  Plus, any taxes collected would stay here in the US and not some other country.  There are alot of online poker players and we really would like to be able to continue to play.
Thanks for reading.

1/15/2009 12:47 PM    
I love this game, it truely is a game of skill.  Please, ensure I may play at my leasure.

I vote to regulate online poker.  This is my #1 political issue.  My votes will reflect the politicians stance on online poker.

Thank you for giving me a voice on this issue.

1/15/2009 12:48 PM    
help us play poker on line

1/15/2009 12:49 PM    
Please legalize online poker -- and offline poker as well! Poker is a game of skill and attracts highly intelligent people to it (I'm MIT BS and Wharton MBA). Right now, online poker sites are domiciled offshore and worldwide revenues flow from the US to these sites. Poker could  be a huge source of revenues and jobs if made legal.

1/15/2009 12:52 PM    
Gambling even if it is online is still deblitating.

There is no game in which the owner of the establishment gives away all the money he collects in prizes.

The establishment in Las Vegas keeps 63% of their intake cash in all gambling operations.

Online poker is ok. So long as it is a game with no financial implication. Otherwise it is one more vice we need not support. Because usually the gambler is the one that looses all the money and cannot pay his bills or have money for food.

Leave gambling back in Las Vegas.

1/15/2009 12:58 PM    
Legalize, regulate, and tax online poker! Its a game of skill that I enjoy playing from the comfort of my own home.

1/15/2009 1:01 PM    
PLEASE LISTEN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I feel like noone in the government is taking this topic seriously.  It is serious and it is a big part of the lives of MANY, MANY  hard working, tax paying U.S. citizens.  We are fighting for our right to play online poker.  It is a game of skill as is proven by the professionals who end up at the final tables of the large poker tournaments.  Please legalize online poker.  We want it to be regulated by the government to keep it a fair game and we want to pay taxes on our income from it in return.  The United States government could create a large amount of revenue from the taxes.  Why ARE lottery tickets and scratch tickets legal?  As i recall there is no skill required for those games, yet they are VERY popular and legal.  Online poker is our right.  We know from history that taking away the rights of the hard working citizens of the United States does not work for anyone.  PLEASE allow online poker players in the United States play legally and without fear of prosecution. PLEASE REFORM  the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act to exempt poker, a game of skill, from the law. Boost the economy by letting American companies and Ameican players make money and pay taxes instead of sending online poker businesses offshore. Protect online poker players by regulating the industry to ensure that no one is ever cheated.    

1/15/2009 1:04 PM    
The government shouldn't be in the business of enforcing individual morality.   Not only doesn't it work, it's counterproductive.   Those who want to play poker are going to play it anyway, only they're forced to take their money to unregulated, untaxed offshore companies.

Everybody wins if UIGEA is repealed and the industry is brought home to America.  American jobs will be created, and the industry can be taxed and regulated.

1/15/2009 1:08 PM    

Poker will be played online regardless of the legality of the game under UIGA. Our country, our government, our people cannot stop or contain this game any more than we can legislate rivers to flow uphill. We can regulate it, tax it and make it fair and legitimate within the United States or we can continue to allow the poker sites to be based in foreign countries that may or may not regulate them. We can insure that the citizens of the United States have access to reputable and honest games or we can hide our heads in the sand and pretend that Poker doesn’t affect us or our citizens. Poker is a game of skill certainly and is also a game of luck. Good, skilful players win far more than their share of games, tournaments and events. Lucky players may win once in a while. Each player should have the right to find out which kind of player they are, and should be allowed to bear the responsibility of their decisions. No government will ever successfully limit what is available on the internet. Every time they close one portal, two more open up. Give poker players a chance to choose a portal that is demonstrably honest and fair.

1/15/2009 1:10 PM    
want my right to play online poker in a safe and legal environment respected and protected

99 Problems
1/15/2009 1:10 PM    
it's time to regulate the industry to protect the citizens and give th eeconomy a makes too much snese to not do it

1/15/2009 1:14 PM    
Making it illegal to play poker online just doesn't make any sense to me. People will find a way to play regardless, and the money generated will go into the pockets of foriegn companies instead of Americans. Legalized online poker should be allowed and regulated the same as the casinos in Nevada. Possibly using the same departments that now oversee the gambling in Nevad and other parts of the U.S.A. .
If this doesn't happen, we are looking at the same thing happening that happened with the prohibition of alcohol, ( a lot of citizens will become bootleggers of poker and we will see illegal poker rooms pop up all over the country).
The lawmakers cite the possibillity of organized crime taking over and controling the industry, well in my opinion that is what making poker illegal allows. If poker is illegal and people want to play then organized crime is going to provide a way to do it, and the country is not going to gain anything except more expense trying to stop the growth of the crime that results.
This is our chance to stop a crime before it starts, or at least before it gets out of hand.

Please make online poker legal. Don't put this country into the position of spending more and more money trying to stop our citizens from doing something that the majority wants to do, and even our lawmakers do themselves.

Thank you for listening.
Thomas Smith

1/15/2009 1:18 PM    
As a matter of principle, It would be hypocritical and unfair to infringe on our freedom to play games of skill or chance, on line or off line. Poker for instance, is as much a game of chance as the speculative stock market. Furthermore, forbidding online gaming makes no sense as that as long as the national lottery is legal. Our freedom should not be jeopardized by irresponsible people. Education is the answer, not prohibition.

1/15/2009 1:19 PM    
What a waste of time this is.
Legalize Online Poker?  Is that all you got?
All the things wrong in our country and this has received THIS MANY VOTES.
This system has already failed because americans have proven once again
how stupid we truely are.

1/15/2009 1:22 PM    
Pres. Obama, you have stated that you enjoy a friendly game of poker. I enjoy poker too. Please repeal this rediculous act.

1/15/2009 1:27 PM    
our right to play a game of skill online is a basic freedom not a crime!

1/15/2009 1:31 PM    
If poker ISN'T a game of skill then why can you lose with the BEST hand?  It's very hypocritical that we have LEGAL chance games like lotteries and horse racing (Off Track Betting in NYC??) but a game of skill with professionals and sponsors is basically treated as illegal, at least from a banking perspective.  Not only should the goverment legalize it, but they should regulate it.  This will insure it's fair and bring the gov't a hefty source of income!

1/15/2009 1:32 PM    
Allow us to play without being afraid of prosecution or of losing money that we earn.  Repeal the rediculous law and allow us to play and pay taxes legally.

The gain for the economy would be tremendous, there really is no negative.

1/15/2009 1:32 PM    
Allow us to play without being afraid of prosecution or of losing money that we earn.  Repeal the rediculous law and allow us to play and pay taxes legally.

The gain for the economy would be tremendous, there really is no negative.

1/15/2009 1:32 PM    

In this environment of recession, deficits and lower tax revenues, it is silly, and frankly irresonsible for the government to not legalize and regulate both online and live poker play.  It is going to happen anyhow, it's simply a matter of whether the revenues and potential taxes will leave our shores, and benefit other countries, or whether they can help our country out of this recession.  Please repeal the UIGEA now and legalize both online and live poker play now.

1/15/2009 1:33 PM    
end the hypocrisy of state run lottos and OTB, and make it all legal and fair, poker included. Kids can play poker now anyways, gamblers can lose money anyways, it should be regulated and taxed and made safe and fair. Just because some pasttimes can cuase problems, doesn't mean they should be illegal. I would rather my money go to the USA then the isle of man or costa rica.

JD Holdem
1/15/2009 1:41 PM    
Repeal UIGEA and save online poker for America!

1/15/2009 1:45 PM    
After reading about how much money the US can make by legalizing online poker, how billions of US dollars are now going out of the country to off shore gambling sites, and how people will never stop playing poker live or otherwise, who could possibly be opposed to making it legal?
Las Vegas Mobsters?   Off shore sites that are getting all this tax free unregulated money? Indian reservation casinos?  
Let's have some integrity and legalize this game of skill, that for some,  is the only source of income they might have - if they are homebound or paralyzed, etc.  For others it might be their only source of entertainment or activity that stimulates their brain.
Thank you.

1/15/2009 1:49 PM    
Legalize online poker right now! It is a game of skill that people enjoy playing all over the country! It's obsurd that we cannot have that right as americans!

1/15/2009 1:51 PM    
Legalize it. Tax it. Regulate it. And everyone wins.

online poker boost economy
1/15/2009 1:54 PM    

Legalize online poker!!!!!!

online poker boost economy
1/15/2009 1:54 PM    

Legalize online poker!!!!!!

1/15/2009 1:56 PM    
PROHIBITION !  Has never been a successful method of directing the mores of a population.  There is only the creation of defiance and determination to overcome the unjustness of the ruling.  

I am a retired, disabled senior and enjoy playing poker on the internet as the entertainment which gaming offers.  Online poker will be even more enjoyable when it is decriminalized and I can play legally.

1/15/2009 1:56 PM    
Poker is a gome of skill.  Online poker will create taxes that the U.S. sorely needs at this time.  Don't let the money go offshore.  Keep American money in America.

1/15/2009 1:57 PM    

1/15/2009 2:00 PM    

Ive never been embarrassed to be an American, not until UIGEA. Now, to be shut out of the most popular rooms, while my fellow players to whom i speak with via an poker forum are able to play.

Im from America, Land of the Free, but i cant play online poker in my home while everyone in Europe, Austrailia, Israel ect.... can play freely.

Thanks and God Bless Barack Obama!

1/15/2009 2:04 PM    
Poker is reconized as being a legal profession by the supremem court already. Thats why we can still play poker. This is not about poker this about horse racing and other gambling funneling money into our so-called leaders to shut down competition.

This is not good for the people of the US. What would be good for the people is to regulate and tax online poker.

1. It protects Americans
2. You could use the Tax dollars to help the poor or fund education.

Stop being greedy, money grubbing whores for once and do something right for the American people.

1/15/2009 2:04 PM    

This is yet another example of a bloated, out of touch, and lobby driven government wasting resources and tax dollars misguided fighting to take away something we could all reap benefits from.  At the very least don't criminalize it and walk away. If the government wants to devote resources getting involved, do so to protect the players rights and finance it by collecting a tax.

1/15/2009 2:04 PM    

1/15/2009 2:05 PM    

Poker is a game in between real people and, even if I play over the Internet, I play with real people. Poker is not a "casino game" like slots. Poker is not a crime and I have the right to play it in my house, over the Internet, in poker clubs, etc!

1/15/2009 2:06 PM    
Unconstitutional law, we need to get back to the basics if we're going to fix this country. Honestly, is the worst of your collective worries right now if people play online poker for their own money? Not only that, but people would probably tolerate to let you tax and regulate it, also. It's a win-win, quid pro quo situation. God Bless America!

1/15/2009 2:09 PM    
Legalize, regulate, and tax online poker. So simple.

Mountains out of mole hills.

1/15/2009 2:10 PM    
Adult citizens of the USA should have the right, freedom of choice, to play on-line poker as they choose.  Regulate on-line poker sites and tax, but don't make it illegal to play a game of poker.  My best regards, Wally

1/15/2009 2:10 PM    
I can't even envision a United States that places restrictions on it's people based on moral judgements. I came across an online video that displayed an interview of recent PCA poker tournament winner, Canadian professional poker player Poorya Nazari. In the interview they asked him what he would with with his poker warning and he expressed his uncertainty with how to handle the money. However, a quote from his interview was disheartening. Part of his statement as follows: "Over here Canada is pretty lenient on gambling winning so, I am just glad I am from Canada and not the US." This statement really says it all! Poker players from around the world are using their skills both online and live and are not hindered by their governments for partaking in an activity of their choosing. The United States in this case needs to take a page out of the world playbook.

I am not any less moral then those pushing this "anit-gambling" agenda. I refuse to allow them to lump within their agenda a skill game like poker (online or live). Poker players have a face and we will continue to fight for our right to play online poker. I just find it ludicrous that there even has to be a fight. President Obama and staff I urge you to see the UIGEA for what it is. Another bells and whistle law that was passed to please the few who ran a very sketchy campaign. And I want to aplogize to you President Obama that this current administration will leave you with issues like this to deal with on top of the current mess we are already in.

1/15/2009 2:13 PM    
I wholeheartedly agree. We're going to play it anyway, and can't be stopped. Regulate it, tax it, and everyone benefits. Poker is clearly a skill game, with some luck. (Every other competition I can think of has some degree of luck also, except for checkers and chess.)
The sites, and the players, are happy to have it taxed, in return for competent regulation and oversight.

1/15/2009 2:15 PM    
Greetings,  This is not a moral is NOT a game of chance and there should be no restrictions on it.  Tax winnings but allow people to play if they so choose.

1/15/2009 2:15 PM    
Legal, regulated online poker makes a lot of sense.  To make it illegal is supremely hypocritical.  The poker ban is an assault on our freedom by those who wish to turn this country into a nanny state.  Let's turn this thing around!  Legalize it!  Regulate it.  This forum is a great idea by the way, thank you.

1/15/2009 2:17 PM    
Nixon, Truman and Bill Gates were all serious players.  Poker can be a great side income for decent players.  By playing online, people don't have to attend shady games that could be robbed.  I hear Obama is a TAG player .... this issue won't be #1 on his to-do list but I think the UIGEA is definitely on its way out.

1/15/2009 2:19 PM    
Online Poker should be legallized in the US and constructed in the US, talk about America
being in the red, well this is one way to get America on the right track.

1/15/2009 2:19 PM    
Please sit down with Mr. Alfonse D'Amato and discuss how our governement (who is employed by us) can help all americans enjoy the game of poker online.  Mr. Bush pushed this UIGEA on the american people in a his typical political bullying fashion.  Every man women and child has played cards with their family/friends and this great american tradition should not have handcuffs associated with it.  Why should a decent honest american be persecuted for making a living and paying taxes on money he has earned playing the great game of poker.  Please help!

Alex Zorach
1/15/2009 2:20 PM    
This doesn't seem like a terribly important issue.  There are so many more important ones out there!

1/15/2009 2:23 PM    
Why in God's name is the rest of the world able to play poker on line and not the United States of America.   Wake Up!  America!  I think this is the land of the free, isn't it?  Why do we have to beg to play a game on line.   Now come on, Obama,  this is near and dear to many Americans.  It may not seem very important compared to other things on the agenda but it sure was important enough for congress to outlaw it.  They took the time to do that, now let's get back on track.

2000 drifter
1/15/2009 2:25 PM    
why  anyone wuold want to make it elegall is beyond me its been around in this country as long as its been called America anyway...

1/15/2009 2:30 PM    
Online Poker is a game of skill.  It should be regulated as such, not as gambling.

1/15/2009 2:31 PM    
I am an educator, and I am an elder in my protestant church. Since my stroke in 2005, I have had to forgo my former activities of raquetball, basketball, and taverns. I now stay home and find entertainment with TV and internet poker. I vouch that federal taxes will be generated, and no criminal impact will result if the US Government  provides us players with sanction and override.

1/15/2009 2:34 PM    
I make my living playing online poker.  If you take it away from me, I'm afraid I will have to leave the country and take my tax dollars with me.  Please help us make the game we love legal and regulated.

1/15/2009 2:36 PM    
I agree with the comments.  Let's legalize this market so that cheaters cannot run with impunity.

Diamond Jim
1/15/2009 2:37 PM    
Legalize online poker and tax it the same as you do casinos in the US.  This is a game of skill and enjoyment for people.  The money generated by legal online poker could help pay for healthcare for all US citizens.  It is time for a change.  Give the people what they want and stop giving everything to the special interest groups.  Good Luck in your new job.  And remember once you are in the White House you will eat well and it will also be hard for you to hear the truth.

1/15/2009 2:37 PM    
Please legalize online poker.  The UIGEA is infringing American rights, and breaking WTO treaties.  Regulation is the only logical solution, follow in the footsteps of the UK.

1/15/2009 2:40 PM    

1/15/2009 2:40 PM    
I don't like the idea of our government looking over our shoulders and telling us what we can and cannot do with our hard earned dollars for recreation/entertainment.  Millions of people enjoy playing poker for entertainment and some even play it professionally as it is very much a skill game.  I can't stand the hypocrisy of some of our legislators.  For those who wish to eliminate gaming operations that are based on chance... why is it that horse racing and lotteries should remain legal, while online poker (the only skill game of the three) should be banned?  For those who oppose legalizing online poker on moral grounds... why should alchohol and cigarettes remain legal in our country when they can actually KILL people (are they more moral/productive for our society)?  For our noble legislators who wish to protect US citizens' pocketbooks from the perils of online gaming... where were you in the months right before this financial meltdown occurred?  What do you have to say to those millions who put everything into their houses or the stock market?  And why are you using my hard earned tax dollars to bail out the rich, greedy Wall Street executives who are partially responsible for this?  And in a time when tax revenue is MOST needed in our country, why do you continually ignore online poker as a potential tax revenue stream?  And for the right-wing conspiracy theorists in our government who claim that online poker might have been used to fund terrorist operations worldwide along with Saddam Husseins WMDs, wouldn't it be much simpler to legalize and regulate online poker in this country so that we can better monitor where all of the money goes?  I want a government that works to protect my rights and liberties in meaningful ways, not to act as big brother who forbids me from playing online poker, drinking a beer, or going to Yankee games.  To the people in charge... please work to legalize and regulate online poker NOW!

1/15/2009 2:41 PM    
2+2 rep

1/15/2009 2:43 PM    
It is absolutely nothing like a game of craps or even blackjack. Hell, it takes way more skill to win at poker than sports betting. Poker...should not even be considered similiar, or addressed in conjuction with any other type of gambling. Theres nothing that can compare with it. It CAN be regulated and SHOULD. Banning of online poker honestly doesnt make sense to somehow who is it educated about the game. Its completely everyway.

1/15/2009 2:47 PM    
Can not believe this law was passed as a attachment for on a terrorist security bill. I'm a Small stakes player online for me its just relaxing enjoyment I get after a day of work. Poker has always been here and always will be , now you want to make it illeagle to play.I live in South Dakota mister Hickok would be offended with this bill.  Why not regulate and tax this industry and make millions of dollars for the USA .

1/15/2009 2:49 PM    
President Obama!!!!!!! Like it or not everyone that is contributing to this site in the name of poker are technically criminals. They are playing an illegal form of a game that at its best is entertaining and at its worst ruins lives, families, businesses and provides income to people that are criminals. To make this a political issue or to offer it as a source of income for our government does nothing but lower opinion and trust in our already damaged American image. Greed is the primary motivator for playing online poker and greed is what drives it's purveyors. There are those who represent poker as a sole source of income, and I used to be one of them. There were times when I was unbeatable and probably was actually "ahead" financially when I chose to stop playing. The reason I stopped was this.. everyone loses eventually. Guys like Doyle Brunson and Chris Ferguson and the other top twenty or so well known players will tell if you, if you ask them privately, that they are or have been broke and/or heavily in debt many times. This is a bad lifestyle and now it is being offered to our children and without a balanced representation of outcome. I think people should be able to chose how they want to spend their time and money but not when there behavior affects others in a negative way. Who will protect children from irresponsible and addicted parents that can lose money online at a rate 10 times faster than in a live game. Who will protect our young adults from being lured into an addictive lifestyle by repersentations of "FREE PLAY" that drives the kids from the .net sites to the .com sites, where our offshore sharks are waiting to embrace them. The marketing is exactly the same as drug dealers. "The first one is always free" and the software is designed to produce a positive outcome for the new player until he/ she has opened their bank account. To the poker players that love the game I say this... abandon this quest to make that which is clearly damaging tens of thousands of  lives appear noble. Play in your homes with friends or in casinos where at least the games are watched and some degree of legitimacy is present. You are slowly guaranteeing the loss of freedom that will ultimately come by supporting businesses and people that care nothing for you and are laughing daily at the fools that continue to "play blind" online.

1/15/2009 2:49 PM    
The problems of the world are more serious than they have ever been, historic changes are sweeping across the globe that will effect everything -- but you guys want to play poker. I'm not opposed to having fun. But poker shouldn't even be on the table here.

I'm old enough to remember when gambling was controlled by the Mafia, not the government. What happened?! Was there a merger I missed?

Poker is fine, and so is Pinnacle. Regulate one, regulate the other.

However, Poker is gambling, check your dictionary. And the problem with gambling is that it is addictive and preys on the weak. It wastes the resources of those who can least afford it. That is only to say that winners beat losers, and beatings are painful and costly. Those who can least afford it waste their money on the thrill of losing. It's an adrenaline rush to lose your shirt! No one is afraid of winning. And fear drives addiction.

But the real problem is that gambling perpetuates the mistaken idea that you can get something for nothing -- or a lot for a little. It undermines the values of constructive work ethics and social fairness.

The "work" of gambling adds nothing of value to society. (Playing Poker for fun is not "work."). And winning the Lotto is fundamentally unfair. While every player may have had a "fair" chance, the winner unfairly effects the distribution of income in the community. It also perpetuates the shallow values of the "get rich quick" sharks that spend their time on Wall Street. The Bail Out Boys just aren't good role models.

It's just not Obamaian.

1/15/2009 2:50 PM    
repeal UIGEA and regulate the industry!!

1/15/2009 2:53 PM    
Poker should be as legal as buying stocks. You are making a risk either way. Poker is fun and it will help boost the economy. Being apart of a free nation means getting to have freedom. I believe we should have the right to decide how to spend our money.

1/15/2009 2:54 PM    
pass legalize online poker if you want my next election

1/15/2009 2:54 PM    
I see no reason why forms of pure gambling (such as state lotteries) are legal, but a zero-sum game in which skill is rewarded (such as poker) is outlawed.  The government's explicit exceptions for horce racing, online sports fantasy pools, and lotteries prove the UIGEA's hypocrisy: you can't have it both ways!  Either outlaw all forms of gambling, or legalize them all -- with proper oversight, regulation, and taxation of course.

1/15/2009 2:57 PM    

1/15/2009 2:58 PM    

Please legalize.     We are losing so many freedoms not only due to fear, but conflicting corporate interests.  Here in the state of Washington, the local Indian casinos were able to convince (buy off) state politicians so well that it is a class 3 felony here in Wa. state.  For some prospective, online poker carries the same sentencing as THREATENING THE LIFE OF THE GOVERNOR or BEING CONVICTED OF CHILD MOLESTATION.
Of course, federally, the politicians added the UIGEA to a huge security bill, and Frisk and our other moral shepherds got their way.  Yet, once again, corp. interests carved out horse racing (deeper pockets).

I urge all of you to read Annie Duke's testimony before congress, as she is very familiar with all aspects of this issue.  Many sites will have it, here's one:

It is interesting this is all happening while our senior citizens and our lower socio-economic groups are buying lotto tickets, (worse odds of anything, ever) filling our bingo parlors, and visiting local casinos daily.  

A cynic (not me, or course) could argue that us poker players just haven't found the right politicians and/or paid a high enough amount of "contributions" to have beat the long held corporate interests.  

Lastly, please check into Barney Frank's bill.  Too, Rep. Jim McDermott (Dem., WA) has a great idea to use a regulated online poker industry to help assist with health benefits costs.    SEE YOU ON FTP

1/15/2009 3:00 PM    
I am on online poker player and have been for years. We all know the reason why our rights shouldn't be taken away. Lets just make sure the industry is regulated to protect the players so that we can eliminate the cheating from sites like Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet.

1/15/2009 3:04 PM    
Legalize Online Poker!
Or do we live in China???

1/15/2009 3:06 PM    
There is no reason why Americans should be restricted from playing poker with their own money in the privacy of their own homes. What I do with my time and money should be my business as long as it doesn't hurt anyone. Further, the regulation and of online poker would help to protect citizens from both fraud and underage gambling, plus generate revenues for the government. I happily pay taxes on my winnings and the country could really use the extra money from taxing gambling. I am embarassed that "the land of the free" is the only country (except CHINA) where citizens are prohibited from playing poker and I hope that you are sensible enough to realize that prohibition does NOT work. People who really want to play will find a way. At the very least, please repeal the UIGEA and give us a fair hearing instead of allowing a sneaky last-second bill passed unfairly dictate the freedoms of our citizens.

1/15/2009 3:08 PM    
poker is an american tradition.  don't send it offshore!

1/15/2009 3:16 PM    
WABOMAN--With your logic, perhaps we all need to pass REPROHIBITION.  Congratulations, I was looking for a moral compass--I guess I found it in you.

1/15/2009 3:16 PM    
Online poker should be legal. It's not the government's business to allow or deny this activity.

1/15/2009 3:17 PM    
seems like online lottery could work, on a national level

1/15/2009 3:22 PM    
Give us the right to play a game of skill safely and securely from our home.

redhead femVet
1/15/2009 3:23 PM    
Legalize online poker!  I resent having Puritans tell me what I can do with my money.  People who get  addicted to gambling are going to get addicted whether it's legal or not.  If it's legal, they're much more likely to seek help.

1/15/2009 3:24 PM    

if the current administration can get this passed, they will have my respect for making the first change since I can remember to extend freedom and not restrict it.

1/15/2009 3:25 PM    

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1/15/2009 3:26 PM    
The opponents of online poker say that the customers are not safe and it allows underage gambling. From my own experiences, I can honestly say that it is easier to gamble underage at any casino I have been in inside of the United States than online casinos. I hate to incriminate myself but before I was of age to play poker in brick and mortar casinos, I had no problem walking right in and playing. I was never asked to show my identification. This has been the case in all of the casinos I have been in from Oklahoma to Milwaukee. I am not the only one who has been able to do this. I know many other younger people who have been able to do the same thing.
Playing online poker is a different story though. When you open an online poker account you must send in positive identification. This involves faxing a copy of your driver's license, a canceled check, and a few other forms of identification to the online casino. This information is matched with the bank account presented. If any irregularities occur, your account will be blocked until you can straighten out the situation. Periodically, they will also block your account until you re-submit this information. They informed me that this was a way that they continue to ensure that their customers are of age. Although it was a little time consuming and annoying, I found it impressive that the online casino took such measures. When you compare this to being able to walk past any security guard or casino employee in the United States and never be asked to present identification, it seems that online casinos are safer.
I also never fear walking to my car in a dark parking garage with a pocket full of cash and being robbed at an online casino. I have witnessed this on a few occasions at live casinos inside the United States. Online casinos are not havens for prostitution as well. I have also been propositioned to illegally purchase handguns at a local casino.
Aside from that issue, which is the only leg that online gambling opponents have to stand on, we should not be denied our individual freedoms to gamble anywhere we choose. I can drive no more than 30 minutes away from my house to play any type of casino game I want. Why shouldn't I be able to do the same thing from the privacy and safety of my own home?
All the UIGEA does is restrict free trade. There are other types of online gambling that is not restricted. One example is lotteries. The fact that I can't explain why this is is not because I don't have a good answer. The fact is it just doesn't make any sense.
Combine these points with the obvious opportunity to collect large amounts of tax revenues and I think anyone should agree that we should regulate and tax online gambling. Not just online poker, but all online gambling. Although I do not play anything other than poker, there is no reason why other people shouldn't have the freedom to play what they like.
My last point will be about the overwhelming element of skill involved in poker. I myself am a college student who has played online poker for three years for my full time job while I am in school. I've not been able to sustain profits because I just so happen to be lucky. It's a game of skill that takes much study to become successful. I don't think poker should be grouped in with other games of "chance." On any given day, the element of chance in poker may make me a loser. But with a little bit of time, I have never been worried about showing profits. Although most poker players are not profitable, it does not mean that they just aren't lucky enough. They either don't care and are there to have a good time or don't understand the game.

1/15/2009 3:27 PM    
Poker is, indeed, a game of skill.  I look forward to returning to online play and paying some "rake" to the United States of America when the industry is legalized and regulated.

1/15/2009 3:34 PM    

1/15/2009 3:34 PM    
Incredible that this potential revenue may continue being shipped overseas.  keep our wealth in the US!

1/15/2009 3:37 PM    
If it's constitutionally acceptable to gamble our trust in politicians then it should be constitutionally acceptable to allow the citizens of this great country to gamble their hard earned money. From trading stocks to the lottery to casino games to online poker, people should be able to retain their constitutional rights to exercise their sound judgement to engage in those activities.  Gambling dates back as far back in history as to when history was first recorded.  Similar to other professions such as one that involves selling our body for money; these professions, as far as I can tell, will always be part of our universe.  Let's not spend anymore money to shelve them away but rather make money (regulate) and allow them. Isn't that the backbone of our government, taxation?

1/15/2009 3:37 PM    
i love poker it  is all i have pl dont take it from me

1/15/2009 3:41 PM    

Stop wasting my tax dollars promoting and supporting pointless legislation.  Legalize online poker now!

Phil sanders
1/15/2009 3:50 PM    
Repeal the unconstitional UIGEA. Regulate online poker and let America see the money from it not those offshore sites. This is a game of skill not chance. Allow millions of Americans to play in the comfort of their on home, while the American Economy will benefit from it.

dingus magee
1/15/2009 3:51 PM    
Well said by previous posters.  

1/15/2009 3:53 PM    
A terrible law trying to strip us of our fundamental rights.
repeal UIGEA and regulate the industry!!

1/15/2009 3:55 PM    
People are so stupid to think taxing online poker or marijuana or making fisbee centers will benefit them in any way. The government is the problem....The government relies on the Federal Reserve which prints money with no gold backing....All the Taxes we have today dont even pay off the interest on the debt every year....taxing this will be no different.

You guys just want something and your going to 'blah blah blah' till you get it....everyone of you are selfish and unrealistic.  SAVE THE DAMN WHALES TOO AND TAX THEM !!!

1/15/2009 4:03 PM    
i believe online poker is a great thing! i stay at home and actually end up saving money in the long run. please legalize online play today!

1/15/2009 4:06 PM    
It's not often you get a chance to preserve individual freedom and make massive amounts of money at the same time.  Take advantage as soon as possible. Repeal the UIGEA!

1/15/2009 4:08 PM    
President Barack Obama, I have read that you would play cards during congress breaks when you were a senator. How would you feel if that freedom was being taken away from you? Probably not to happy. And in a time where this nation is hurting economically, this would be a huge boost to the economy. It wouldn't entirely fix our problem but it would be a step in the right direction. The UIGEA is a law that causes the United States to burn money essentially. And it isnt like the poker players are the only ones that will benefit to repelling this law, but a nation will recieve the benefits of all the good that comes out of it. I am pleading with you President Obama to make a strong effort to repelling the UIGEA. In fact I was very swayed by an ad you put out saying that you dont want more 4 years of bush and that is entirely true and one of the reasons i and millions of others voted for you. So undo what Bush did so that you can stay true to that Campaign ad. Thank you President Obama.

1/15/2009 4:09 PM    
being able to do what you'd like from the seat of your mom is a fundamental right we are given.  Taking this away is in no way fair or reasonable.  repeal the UIGEA and regulate the taxes.

1/15/2009 4:09 PM    
The fact that online poker still hasn't been specifically legalized in the land of the free tells me our government is WAY behind.  

Refuse to let the minority rule the majority, please.

1/15/2009 4:10 PM    
prohibiton has never worked in the past. it failed with alcohol, prostiution, bookmaking, marijuana, etc. all we do is spend absurd amounts of money trying to stop people from doing what they are going to do whether it is legal or not. in the case of poker, a game of skill rather then luck, this is a no brainer. legalize it, move it onshore and tax it as you do any other business. its good for players as they know the games are legit and regulated, its good for law enforcement as its one less impossible law to enforce and its good for the us treasury (taxes). this is a winner !

1/15/2009 4:14 PM    

They should legalize online poker. This is an easy way for government to make a little more in taxes as well as keep some traffic away from those "Illegal" live games that much of the poker players are turning to. Playing at home is much more comfortable and safe.

1/15/2009 4:14 PM    
Dear Mr. President,

It appears we keep loosing rights more and more each day. I can't even spend my own money on Poker when I want. Please change the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act to exempt poker, a game of skill. I enjoy spending my long winter nights in Northern Wisconsin playing poker... well except when I watch The Bears whip the Packers that is more fun or the White Sox beat the Cubs! Please change the UIGEA.

Thank you,

Bob Raganyi

1/15/2009 4:14 PM    
This topic seems to have the most comments about their individual issue.

Keep it up everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1/15/2009 4:15 PM    
Please do what is right for the American people that want the freedom to play at a game of skill (POKER) with his own money. Tax it and regulate it and do the right thing for the government and the people. Poker is an American tradition so lets start acting like it is!  We should be leading the way for the world in LEGALIZING online poker. Hypocrisy does not look good for  the U.S.A.

1/15/2009 4:22 PM    
As a senior citizen, one of my only escapes is online poker.  Please keep it.

1/15/2009 4:22 PM    
I feel complelled to reply to PARoss who wrote in on 1/15. I believe I am speaking for most  informed Americans when I say we are quite aware of the current world problems sweeping across the globe. Are you insinuating that we should eliminate our recreational hobbies and focus just on the negative aspects in the world?  What's wrong with being an informed and pro active American regarding our current issues as well as having fun.  Given the fact that there are so many serious issues facing our nation today I see no reason why we should feel the need to always sit in gloom and dispair.  It isn't healthy to just focus on the negative. I am a hard working educated adult with an AA and a BA and I see nothing wrong with using what little recreational time I have playing ANY online card game. Personally I find it to be a healthy outlet and it  helps reduce stress after some very long days. We can go clear back to the bible if you'd like and read in Ecc where it says there is a "time for everything under the heaven" and no it doesn't specifically say poker but it does refer to a time for fun. And while I agree it can be an addicition for some that does not excuse the right to eliminate it for those who play responsibly. Cigarettes, sex and even work can be addictive but we won't be regulating them any time soon. I'm not trying to be argumentative as that isn't my nature. I simply want to make the point that censorship has it's place in society and should be expended where necessary. If we all work towards being a part of the solution rather than a part of the problem we can gain some peace and thereby enjoy the 7th day of rest.

Stop the Lobbyists
1/15/2009 4:24 PM    
I am fine with legalized online poker or gambling of any kind.  BUT

Keep our priorities straight and let's not waste time fighting politically so we can gamble more, smoke pot legally or have more aggressive sex-ed to our kids - let's keep the government mainstream so we can win again in 2012.

Fix the economy, fix the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, End our two overseas wars.....when these are done maybe consider worrying about poker, marijuana and  and other issues that don't affect our economy or security.

1/15/2009 4:25 PM    
Online poker is not a gamble, it is a skill.  America is the only country to try to stop its citizens from playing poker online.  This is shameful.

1/15/2009 4:26 PM    
prohibition does not work. regulating the online poker world; aside from making billions in taxes for every american, can help to protect the americans that play. ensure that the sites are honest. repealing this law, is in the best interest of the player AND the US. government.

1/15/2009 4:28 PM    
I would like to add to this vote for abolishing this ridiculous law for online poker and online gambling in general. Not only should poker be legalized and allowed, but pretty much all gambling should be allowed. Like many have said, we can drive less that 2 hours to go to any Land Based casino and gamble to our hearts content, i've seen many people drop $100's of dollars playing bingo in local bingo halls every day of the week, i've seen people spend 100's a week in state lotteries, and many go to the closest dog and horse racing tracks wagering thousands while they are there. Why is this allowed and online gambling isn't? Becasue no one has taken the time to think about legalization of online gambling. My state alone has profited over $20 Billion in our state lottery in the 1st 10 years of its existance.

Not only does the ban affect the players, but it effects many people around the world that are affiliates of many poker rooms and casinos that have been losing thousands of dollars because many places have had to ban US players.

There is millions if not billions of dollars that can be earned in tax revenue for the US government if they will just legalize it.

I've heard many of times that gambling is bad for the US people and that its harmful to them and their familes, but yet cigarettes, drunk drivers, and guns have killed millions of people every year, but its ok, its legalized. I don't think responsible gambling has ever really killed anyone. No to mention again the money people spend in state lotteries, in my state, we have a daily drawing for lottery 7 days a week, with at least 5 drawings a day! then you have instant lottery scratch cards with over a 100 different selections, with prices ranging from $1 to $20 a ticket!

All i want is the freedoms we once enjoyed, the freedom to spend my money that i have left after paying taxes on my paycheck, taxes on everything i buy, and taxes even on what i have after i die! I just want to spend the rest of my money however i want to spend it with the freedom to choose.

Please repeal this law, and give back the change we all seek, and the freedoms we should have as being an American!

Legalize and tax online poker and casinos!

1/15/2009 4:28 PM    
Legalize, regulate and tax poker now.  Stop wasting taxpayer money and resources trying to enforce and unenforceable law that makes many hard working tax paying Americans outlaws.

Josie jo
1/15/2009 4:29 PM    
Please dont try and stop us from playing online poker any longer!

1/15/2009 4:33 PM    
Go Obama!!!!

1/15/2009 4:38 PM    
Clamp down on commodities speculation, which truely is gambling, and loosen up on Internet Poker, which is a game of skill.

1/15/2009 4:42 PM    
Please legalize online poker because it is very entertaining. Also, the U.S. Government can gain much needed revenue from the control of it.
Thank you.

1/15/2009 4:47 PM    

1/15/2009 4:48 PM    
America is a freedom-loving country, and poker is a great American game.  Reform the laws and let everyone play in a safe, regulated environment.  And trim the budget deficit at the same time.  It's a win-win proposition.

1/15/2009 4:49 PM    
As far as I know the only countries banning on-line poker are communist nations. I would hope the leader of the free world would not fallow suit.

And for the revenue benefits, the choice is obvious.

I hope the right thing to do is also obvious.

Down with Bush's agenda and midnight laws!

Say Hi to me at P.S.     switchcork5

1/15/2009 4:50 PM    
It is not up to the government to instruct me on how I can spend my money.

1/15/2009 4:54 PM    
Considering some other things that are legal, this bill is completely illogical.  It has only been passed out of sheer ignorance, but that mistake can easily be fixed.  I believe it's time to give online poker a break.

1/15/2009 4:56 PM    
I live in an area of Oklahoma where I have to drive no less than an hour and 20 minutes anytime I want to play poker at a casino.  Poker is a game of skill.  Yes, as with any sport, there is an element of luck involved.  However, without skill one cannot be successful playing the game.  Anyone who knows anything about the World Series of Poker or any of the other major tournements across the country every year knows just how much of an incredible amount of money the game could provide if the government where to legalize it and regulate it with taxes for revenue.  You must also consider that you have to be cautious on taxing or regulating poker as to not damage the integrety of the game.  Doing so could destroy the game or even lead to it's demise.

1/15/2009 4:58 PM    
This is a wonderful idea to boost our economy and to legalize online poker to insure that players aren't getting cheated.  The current UIGEA is ridiculous and goes against what America stands for.

1/15/2009 4:58 PM    
The idea that it is the role of the federal goverment to go into the homes of responsible adults and tell them what they can and cannot do with their time and taxed income is completely rediculous and contains tinges of facism.  Poker, in particular, is a game of skill.  What's next?  

1/15/2009 4:59 PM    
Prohibition will not work.  The majority of Americans believe that online poker should be legalized and regulated.  We voted for change.  Please repeal the UIGEA immediately!

1/15/2009 5:07 PM    
Get J2ThaPizzzzzzle

1/15/2009 5:10 PM    

Save Poker. Everyone benefits from it (Gov/players) Like an earlier comment said, people are not forced to play the game. A game that is based on complete skill, not "chance"

1/15/2009 5:14 PM    
Oh, that we could have the freedom to play a game of skill, an online game of poker, like those in oppressed, starving countries have.  This is the land of the free -- repeal UIGEA and let me play like an American proud to be from the land of the free!

1/15/2009 5:15 PM    
Please repel the UIGEA Bill...

1/15/2009 5:18 PM    
Poker is America's national card game.  Please do not diminish it's legacy by labeling it a crime.  Thank you.

1/15/2009 5:19 PM    
give me a break.  online gambling being illegal is ridiculous.  there's less gambling in poker than there is in the stock market!  i say let' em play and tax away!

1/15/2009 5:41 PM    
This is definately a Win/Win endeavor the US and the people and the economy

1/15/2009 5:44 PM    
keep voting people

1/15/2009 5:47 PM    
Poker is a game of skill. Put some regulations on online poker and let the players play. Think of the tax revenue that can be gained from the thousands upon thousands of Americans who play online poker as recreation or for a living.

Don Key
1/15/2009 5:51 PM    
Protect our freedom to enjoy a game of skill in the comfort of our own home.  Help us regulate and keep it safe and it is a win win situation for the government.  Government makes money and we get to happily play safely.

1/15/2009 5:59 PM    
I vote and I will not vote for someone who is against legal online poker!!!!

1/15/2009 6:00 PM    
In this time of uncertain markets, huge government bailouts, and failing businesses everywhere, there is a lot of revenue that could be garnered by the government from taxing and regulating internet poker.  This law that was passed as a rider to a significant piece of legislation makes absolutely no sense at all and now President Bush seeks to strengthen it on  his way out the door on January 19th.  As more eloquent posters than I have stated, poker is a game of skill and it makes no sense not to take advantage of the huge number of dedicated poker players on-line that would gladly pay their "fair share" to keep /make their game legal.  The money is there for the taking, let's not let the radical right take this away from us!  Prohibition does not work - remember the roaring 20's and alcohol prohibition?  Regulation is the way to go.

1/15/2009 6:01 PM    
Being from Washington State, where our Queen..  er..  I mean Governor.. and her court.. er.. I mean the state legislature have made it a felony for their subjects to choose what to do with their own money, I would certainly like to see some change on the federal level..  if only to keep states from enacting ridiculous laws like Washington's.  We have casinos here, we have a state lottery, we have state sponsored INTERNET gambling on horse racing...  yet if the subjects of Washington choose to wager a nickel in an online poker game, they're commiting a felony.  Ridiculous.

1/15/2009 6:07 PM    
It's simply ridiculous not to legalize and tax online poker. Online Poker is a huge industry and generates billions of dollars a year. Why not let some of these companies come back on-shore and legitimize the industry here in the USA?

It would created new jobs, additional tax revenue, and continue to grow without the constraints it has today.

1/15/2009 6:08 PM    

As a single middle-aged woman, I want the safest environment possible in which to enjoy my card playing.  That means playing at home, on a computer site regulated by Uncle Sam or some other major stable government.  I should be able to deposit and withdraw money easily through the normal well-established (and regulated) systems of money transfer.

I don't want to have to go out alone at night to a club, bar, or casino to play -- and I don't feel I am being protected by a government that forces people to seek "back door" ways of moving money around to play on foreign sites.

The money from poker would help our economy.  The increased safety of US government regulation would help us players.  It's time the government joined the 21st century and the online community.

1/15/2009 6:08 PM    

1/15/2009 6:12 PM    
President Obama,

To regulate and tax online poker might take some time and effort and therefore not something you will want to place high on your list of priorities.  That I can understand and have no problem with.

But....step one (repealing the shameful UIGEA) will require very little of anyone's time.  Kill the monster now, and address regulation & taxation as time permits.  Our banking system does not need the stress at this time of trying to comply with a ridiculous law that infringes on the rights of law-abiding citizens.

On day one, as Hillary liked to say, you should put out the word that YOU WANT IT DONE.  Your popularity will soar to new heights.

Thanks for your consideration.

1/15/2009 6:20 PM    
UIGEA is just another example of weakening the economy and for what reasons? People have the priviledge to choose in this country which seperates it from many other countries. This is called the Land of Opportunity yet how is it when our freedom to follow our dreams is diminished by law

1/15/2009 6:21 PM    

Даешь легализацию Америке!!!!

1/15/2009 6:21 PM    

President Elect Obama,

Please license, regulate and tax internet poker and make it legal for is to play the game we enjoy so much. A truly American game enjoyed by Presidents, Justices and members of Congress and a family past time for many. Do the right thing here and repeal the UIEGA and pass legislation the legalizes online poker in states were it is NOT allowed.

1/15/2009 6:23 PM    
waboman said:
"Like it or not everyone that is contributing to this site in the name of poker are technically criminals..."

First of all, poker is not currently illegal, but existing prohibitions on illegal gambling (sports betting) are often misinterpreted so as to hurt poker.

Poker is distinct among common gambling activities in that it is a strategic multiplayer game.  To keep it short, poker causes the problems you describe much, much less often than house-edge noninteractive gambling.  It is inconsistent to allow casinos or lottery tickets of any kind and prohibit poker in any form.

It is also worth noting that your concerns about the sites rigging games or using exploitive marketing (which are completely unfounded among the reputable poker sites in today's market) would be completely controlled under a policy of explicit legalization and regulation of online poker by our country.  The current status quo is far worse for these problems!

Overall I can truly appreciate your position, but the reasons you give are reasons why regulation should be supported, not opposed.

PARoss said:
"The problems of the world are more serious than they have ever been, historic changes are sweeping across the globe that will effect everything -- but you guys want to play poker. I'm not opposed to having fun. But poker shouldn't even be on the table here."

I agree that poker rights are not anywhere near the most important issues in today's world... however, my issue with this argument is that poker rights have been taken away and infringed upon (ex. the UIGEA) in similar climates.  If our government finds the time to attack poker while bigger problems are going on, it should also be able to find time to help it.  In this case, it would take VERY little effort for the government to rectify the current situation of online poker.  A UIGEA repeal is easy enough, and a clarification that it does not affect poker (it doesn't) is even easier.

You also say that gambling adds nothing to society.  Poker is unique among gambling, of course, which you seem to not fully appreciate.  But even if you do assume that gambling adds nothing to society, it's still worth regulating because, guess what?  Millions of Americans do it, and will do it regardless of whether or not some people don't think it's morally or economically useful (I would argue that it's both btw).  These Americans deserve the protection that regulation offers.

1/15/2009 6:25 PM    
How is it that there are alot of Americans winning on-line poker tournaments if it's illegal? I see alot who win huge sums of money. Are they paying taxes on their winnings? If so, maybe that's why no politician is really making a move on it. Why go through regulating it if people are already winning and paying taxes on it. Does anyone know what the deal is on this? Anyway all i have to say is it would be a great thing to regulate it and gain all those taxes from it. It's alot better than playing against the house which always has a huge advantage.

1/15/2009 6:28 PM    
I voted for you in the Texas Primary, Texas Caucus, and in the General Election.

I understand that legalizing poker is not the highest priority for our country but I do believe that it is a small way to offset the stimulus package that we need to jump start our economy.

Legalizing poker allows both poker winnings and the companies that run on-line poker sites to be TAXED.

Please use this issue as an opportunity to offset the stimulus package spending.

Thank you for the opportunity to participate in government.

1/15/2009 6:32 PM    
It is telling that the previous administration had to attach the UIGEA to a port security bill at the 11th hour.  It would never have stood up to a straight up-and-down vote.  But that is only one of the flaws that point out the fundamental issues with this legislation.  The law goes after banks because no one has ever been successfully prosecuted for playing poker online.  The contention is that online poker violates the Wire Act, which forbids the placing of bets over interstate telephone lines.
There are two problems with this reasoning.  First, most internet traffic is not carried over telephone lines.  And second, the Wire Act was written in 1960, so I find it hard to believe that its sponsors had the internet in mind.
The UIGEA is wrong-headed, ineffective in accomplishing its stated goals, and hypocritical (horse race gambling is exempted).  Further, it's un-American.  We have a right to do as we please with our hard-earned cash, especially in tough economic times.  Mr. President, work with Congress to repeal with UIGEA.

1/15/2009 6:33 PM    
When I win money on pokerstars I am bringing in money from all over the world into the US economy.

1/15/2009 6:34 PM    
The problem with the UIGEA is that it was attached to an unrelated Port Security bill two years ago, for one, and that it criminalizes a game -- poker -- that is legal when played in a brick-and-mortar casino. It also, unlike what most people might tell you, is a game of skill, not of chance. Players must decide what to do with their cards each and every hand as well as how much to bet if they decide to play their hand. Since they are playing against other players and not the house, the casino or website has no inherant advantage. So the casino or the website can make money, they take a percentage of the pot -- a rake -- that goes to pay for either the dealers or the bytes used for the games.

Now, by regulating rather than criminalizing Internet poker, the Federal government can tax the sites much like the federal and state governments tax the brick-and-mortar casinos. This would create a new revenue stream for the country to help get us out of this financial mess. Soon-to-be-former-Pres. Bush missed a big chance to keep us out of this crisis by allowing the UIGEA to be law.

1/15/2009 6:38 PM    
Keep it up everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1/15/2009 6:38 PM    
repeal uigea  
people in Russia have the freedom to play Texs Hold'em online but Texans and other Americans do not.
we are supposed to be the Land of the Free.

1/15/2009 6:47 PM    
please understand that poker is a game of skill. It's ridiculous to allow some types of gambling online but ban poker which takes far more skill than betting on horses

1/15/2009 6:57 PM    
Legalize online poker there is worse crime out there that should be addressed then  to worry about  the people who are enjoying playing poker online.  We have rights as Americans to do what we live so why penalize us for that.

1/15/2009 7:15 PM    
Poker is a game of skill - let us play!

1/15/2009 7:19 PM    
skeet skeet

1/15/2009 7:21 PM    
I am a constituent, voter, and poker player asking for your support. Specifically, I ask that you introduce and support legislation that clearly exempts games of skill like poker from the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA).

UIGEA's sole purpose was to prohibit financial transactions related to gaming unlawful UNDER OTHER LAWS. Online poker should not have been affected nationwide, as federal case law has consistently held that the Wire Act of 1961 applies only to sports betting, and as only a handful of states have any laws against Internet poker. However, UIGEA has nonetheless impacted my ability to access and patronize some online poker sites. There were several bills introduced in the last Congress that clearly excluded poker from UIGEA while providing for sensible regulation of the industry. To rectify the current online poker situation, I ask that you introduce and support similar legislation in the 111th Congress.

Sensible regulation will allow the Congress to mandate rigorous safeguards against underage participation and protections for those with excessive gaming habits while providing consumer protections for the millions of Americans who play online poker every day. Regulation will also allow American gaming companies to participate in the world's Internet gaming market, bringing needed jobs to America. Internet censorship and an unenforceable, unpopular prohibition provide none of these benefits. All censorship and prohibition can do is drive players underground or overseas while limiting my personal freedom.

Our nation's financial institutions have repeatedly warned that UIGEA is overly broad, and that the lack of definition in the law could result in the disruption of lawful financial transactions. Indeed, with regulators, legislators and financial institutions all warning that UIGEA is unenforceable, and with the need for banks to focus on our economic recovery, it is difficult to imagine why some in Congress continue to insist that the banking system be used to "police" a legitimate game of skill like online poker.

Poker is a proud American tradition. Presidents such as FDR and Harry Truman, Chief Justices such as William Rehnquist and William Howard Taft, members of Congress, generals, and everyday Americans have enjoyed poker for more than 150 years. It is an honorable game that I am proud to play.

What's most important to me is your support for my rights. Please respond to this letter and let me know you will support my freedoms. I will be watching your actions on this issue closely. I hope that I, along with my over one million fellow Poker Players Alliance members, can count on your support.

Thank you for your consideration.

1/15/2009 7:24 PM    
Let's be honest and make that stupid law history. Just let people play poker online if they want.

1/15/2009 7:28 PM    
Please, please, please allow me the same rights as the people in Russia, Ireland, France, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, and far too many others to mention.  Man, I thought that I lived in the "land of the free".  I am 62 years old, retired and an honest citizen with extermely high moral and ethical standards.  This issue simply continues to blow my mind.  President Obama, please have you and your new team fix this taking of American rights and repeal the UIGEA as it applies to all of your citizens.

If you really think about it, there is no place for that kind of legislation in these free and United States of America.  Thank you.

1/15/2009 7:34 PM    
The US Government is throwing billions of dollars in tax revene by not regulating online poker.

1/15/2009 7:36 PM    
Repeal,  Repeal ,Repeal.  The money I give you in taxes you decide how to spend it. The money I keep should be my choice on how I spend it, not yours.

1/15/2009 7:38 PM    
Legalize online poker will get players out of unsafe underground games that can be violent and/or get robbed. Other countries have proven there are benefits from taxing and regulating online poker.

1/15/2009 7:42 PM    
Poker is a game of skill. The ones who study the game, adapt to their oppenents, know their strengths and weakenesses, will come out on top in the long run. It used to be everyone thought it a game of luck except for the professional. Now it is well known that skill does end up a winner in this game. I have been playing for 10 years now and have had 8 positive years where I made more than my full time job. A lot of this could have been taxed. I am willing to pay the tax in exchange for the right to play legally online. I would like to see the United States get some of the action in taxes, legal poker sites. etc... The way it is now foreign enterprises are reaping the rewards and americans are being forced to either give up the game they love or play knowing that it is illegal. I hope our government will listen to the majority of the people for a change and make this right.  God Bless The People!

1/15/2009 7:44 PM    
A skill game that even most politicians partake in. The UIGEA bill was passed in the dark and was not the voice of the American people.

1/15/2009 7:48 PM    
You people are rabid about your gambling, aren't you. If you legalize online gambling, players will spend their evenings playing cards, ignoring their families, losing their paychecks, all so you can pay more taxes. I have never seen people so damn happy to pay taxes. This is your need to get take chances and desire to get rich quick that is clouding your thoughts.
We have too many important issues to waste our time on spending our time gambling. If poker is so important, get a neighborhood game going. I can't believe the blind fervor with which many of these writers have commented.
Don't you think ending poverty, making health care available, and finding peaceful solutions to conflicts are more important than losing your money to someone across the world.
Dreams of getting rich quick are bogus reasons to jeopardize your financial well being.
Poker is a game of chance. Bluffing someone might be somewhat a skill, but so is conning a buyer with a low quality used car.
Get a life and grow up!

1/15/2009 7:51 PM    
***BARACK***America loves online poker!   I love online poker!  Jay-Z loves online poker!  OK, now let's overturn the UIGEA and legalize online poker.

1/15/2009 7:52 PM    
Please recognize that Poker is a game of skill, not of chance. Don't make me - us - hide. Make it legal - Already!!!

Good luck, President Obama! I, and many other Americans have your back - just as we believe you have ours!

1/15/2009 7:53 PM    

We can raise a serious amount of tax revenues; we can create a large number of US based jobs; we can regulate and allow responsible individuals to enjoy poker via the best communications medium ever invented, the internet.

Let's move forward in the 21st century

1/15/2009 8:08 PM    
Legalize online poker and repeal UIGEA... NOW!  Instead of making us submit our income and retirement money to corrupt ‘advisors’ on Wall Street and shiftless corporate heads who have no conscience laying off 5000 Americans and driving companies into the ground while being rewarded with lofty pension plans and bonuses let each citizen determine how he/she decides to handle their own money.  In addition, censure and vote out hypocritical heads of specific states/commonwealths that reap the benefits of horse betting but deny their citizens their right to initiate THEIR SKILL in online poker and thus hampering their fundamental, and once protected, right to pursue happiness - as well as make an honest wage.  Remeber the lessons of Prohibition:  The worst criminals profit when the government tries to legislate morality.

1/15/2009 8:10 PM    
Taxing and regulating online poker is a win/win for everyone. I can' t believe this is something that we even have to fight for. Thanks to Bush's last minute tactics, the state of online poker is uncertain. But that can easily be fixed by the Obama administration. Thanx!

1/15/2009 8:35 PM    
Please tell President elect Obama that my son Adam should be allowed to play online poker the rest of his life as part of his quest for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

1/15/2009 8:39 PM    
United States, not Nanny States

1/15/2009 8:41 PM    
This is a extremely good idea. Please take this topic into consideration.

Drew Spencer
- Obama 08 Voter/Supporter
- PPA (Poker Players Alliance) Member

1/15/2009 8:44 PM    
How come that skill game of poker is about to be banned, to play online, where betting on horses in Kentucy Derby in perfectly OK, also ONLINE!!! Where is the justice/freedom/logic? Does America not need the money from online poker taxes?
Please, do the right thing, we've seen already enough. Sorry for being so rude, but I'm really pissed about this issue.

1/15/2009 8:44 PM    
it is hard to believe that a POKER request is near the top of votes on this site!
Maybe there is some hacker stuffing the votes? better check!

1/15/2009 8:45 PM    
I find it ridiculous that I can drive over to Santa Anita Race Track and LEGALLY gamble on horse racing. These are animals who have no choice in the matter whatsoever...and yet there are right wing conservative people out there who think that they can keep me from competing in a game of skill such as online poker. I am not hurting anyone by participating in online poker. It is time that the online game is legalized and regulated in the United States...both for the personal freedom of it as well as the extra income for the American government through the taxation of said games.

1/15/2009 8:48 PM    
So lets see...

So far we want legalize marijuana, mainstream gambling, make abortion a government backed contraceptive, and give the President a blank check.

Does anyone know what this spells?









God forgive us, and please do not give us what we are asking for…

1/15/2009 8:51 PM    

1/15/2009 8:52 PM    
Legalize online poker! The economy would benefit from this, American people would benefit from this, poker players worldwide would benefit from this. Who would be harmed? NOONE! It's only the opinion of certain people that it is immoral to play poker online, and they shouldn't be allowed to put their religious beliefs on us. As for the excuse that it will let kids play online, well they already do. If we regulate it, we could control who gambles online; by prohibiting it, there is no such control.

1/15/2009 8:56 PM    
Make it Legal and Regulate it!!!  
It just seems hypacritical that in my country (USA) there are casinos where you can play poker legally but just cause its online then oh i'm a criminal.  I am the same person and poker is the same game whether its live or online.

1/15/2009 9:19 PM    
Poker epitomizes the essence of what makes America not only unique but also great.  Let us, via the internet, legally compete at poker not only among ourselves but internationally as well.  With the U.S. government's participation helping to insure a level playing field our talented citizens stand an excellent chance of redistributing global wealth in an exciting fashion.  Give us a chance to help correct the budget deficit while doing something we passionately love.  Thinking 'outside the box' is critical to the future of our nation.  Let poker contribute.               

1/15/2009 9:21 PM    
All these lawmakers do is keep making laws that take our RIGHTS away lets start changing that this country can make billions in tax revenue from allowing online voting

1/15/2009 9:22 PM    
errrr poker  oops

1/15/2009 9:29 PM    
keep your promise give us change legalize online poker in the us

1/15/2009 9:35 PM    
it needs to be legalized it is a game of skill and my rights to play a game of skill with other adults should not violated! i have never donated to a political candidate until now. i believe obama will do the right thing.our rights are slowly being taken away and this is just another example.please do the right thing.

1/15/2009 9:46 PM    
love to see this happen but no one can defeat the corrupt politicians that are paid to fight online gambling

1/15/2009 9:51 PM    
Viva La Poker!!!!!!!!

1/15/2009 9:55 PM    
We don't need a website gambling addicts can go and lose all of their money. If your city doesn't allow gambling, why should it be allowed online?

This doesn't produce money it just re-distributes...peoples losses are much higher then whatever tax money you could make off it...

Majority of users are addicted to gambling and of modest means..

As far as people being cheated they did nothing to solve this when it was go to play poker and don't realize the other four guys at the table are colluding, ganging up on, sitting side by side with their laptops seeing each others cards....

Even before they were banned, these companies were based in other countries so they did not pay US tax.....

We don't need more gambling all it does is redistribute wealth from the poor to these mega corporations....whatever amount someone makes they just bet the next day and lose..

1/15/2009 9:57 PM    
Look, you want to play poker....get together 3 of your friends, each of you put down $20 on the table, and divide up the money based on whoever ends with the most chips instead of it all going to some site...

1/15/2009 9:57 PM    
+10 pts

1/15/2009 10:02 PM    
even if most americans don't care about the regulation of online poker they should care about the government infringing on personal liberties.  repealing the uigea would be a sensible step back from the bush regime's bs "family values" agenda.

1/15/2009 10:04 PM    
"Majority of users are addicted to gambling"

please let's try to keep the comments fact based

1/15/2009 10:06 PM    
It is a bad day when the outgoing politicians, who have made such a mess of our economy and our armed forces, can foist the misguided opinions of the few upon the many.  Twice in 3 years they have limited the ability of Americans to enjoy the freedom of the WorldWide Web. It is time to reverse the damage.

1/15/2009 10:07 PM    
There is an industry worth somewhere around $150 billion that the US has left largely untapped, except for the fact that American consumers are consumers giving their money to boost economies of other countries like Costa Rica and Ireland.  Legalizing and regulating poker is one way to bring in more tax money and to give the economy a quick and easy boost.  Why allow all the money from internet gaming to go overseas when we can keep a lot of it here at home.  By legalizing and regulating online poker in the US a number of positve effects can happen. 1.  More desperately needed tax money can come in at a time when the US economy is seriously struggling.  2.  More jobs can be created in the US as poker sites open up in the US.  These companies provide jobs in customer service, IT, marketing and more.  3.  The industry can be regulated to protect consumers and to prevent minors from having access to those sites.

President Obama, I have heard you can play a solid poker game.  If that is true then you know there is a strong skill element in poker. And while at any given time even a good person can lose at poker, in the long run those who have studied and understand the game stand to come out as winners.  It is a game that rewards dedication, patience and hard work.

Right now Americans are still playing poker online but they are playing in a risky environment where they have no way of knowing which online site to trust, where they have no legal recourse if they are harmed by a rogue site, and where the potential for millions if not billions in potential tax dollars are lost.

I know we have a lot of serious concerns in the US right now and legalizing online poker may seem insignificant in the grand scheme of things.  But the reality is, overturning the UIEGA and legalizing online poker in the US can be part of a economic stimulus package and can help boost the US economy and quicken its recover.

Thank you for considering this issue.

1/15/2009 10:20 PM    
Very well put.  Definately the state of online poker in isolation is probably not a priority but if it were regulated and taxed then it could have a positive impact on the economy.

1/15/2009 10:21 PM    
Why do you stop us from doin something that we love. President elect...we are a democratic country. if we feel strong enough to feel that a president should not be involved with a member of the opposite sex while in office then we can almost control that you dont see your wife for the remainder of your term. you love her. and we love online poker. to tell us that we can not do something that we love is taking away from our God given Goverment regulated Rights. Not only is Online poker better but it is better for the economy. We dont drive so we save on our Fuel Economy, also save us enviormentally. we pay taxes on our winnings just as we would if we were at a real casino. So the Goverment is not Losing anything. Why do you make such a big deal out of something that you win at. This is a sport that People dont have to be skilled at to play. it is a fun hobby and wonderful way to pleasure ourselves legally. but now you have made that impossible. Legalize Online Poker. not because i say so but because America says so.

1/15/2009 10:38 PM    
Why not collect the taxes.   The industry is willing to move their businesses to the USA and employ people, the players are willing to pay taxes on the winnings, the government of the USA is the problem.

A poker tournament is clearly a game of skill.  If it was not, then we would not have top pros who can end up at the top regularly of the big tournaments.  Sure there is some luck.  But any good poker player will tell you that the winners are skilled, the losers are still learning.

This is a win win for economy of the USA, for the tax collectors, for the government who does not have to waste time chasing poker players and can focus instead on real criminals.

The confusion on poker laws is huge issue.  the PPA declares that there are no federal laws against poker playing in the USA.  (other than some states like Washington State)  States and governments don't know how to act.  Players don't know how to act.  Its a mess that can be cleared up by taxing and legalizing poker playing.  We need the tax money and we need the jobs and we need to stop wasting time on increasing costs at banks as the current laws created.

1/15/2009 10:47 PM    
People of the Free Democratic Country can't PLAY THE GAME! :)


1/15/2009 10:49 PM    
Let us have the freedom to choose to play a game of skill in our own homes and raise tax money.  Sounds like a win-win to me!

1/15/2009 10:53 PM    
repeal UGIEA

1/15/2009 11:09 PM    
I am just one of America's millions thats likes to play poker online. Poker is a game ok skill not just a game of luck. There are casinos in driving distance for most Americans so the excuse that online poker is bad for us doesn't hold water. I believe if the government would allow it, they could regulate the websites, and even cash in on the much needed tax dollars. Poker players are gonna find a way to play cards, so why not do it from the safety of our own homes. Thank you for the time

1/15/2009 11:13 PM    
There is nothing more that I can add here!


1/15/2009 11:16 PM    
A reasonable approach to understanding why the right to play online poker is vitally important is the first thing any intelligent person should undertake.  The #1 reason the US people should be allowed to play is that we are a country founded on freedom; forcing a bank to stop us from using our own money to play a game of skill is an intrusion upon our rights.  Playing poker is not a random act of violence or a passion based crime, it is simple interaction amongst consenting people engaging in competition with cards and the tally sheet is money.  Isn't that what big business is all about?

* Poker should be regulated.
* Poker should be taxed - from the server/site side.
* Poker licenses should be sold just as other business licenses are sold and the retainer of the license should be held accountable for holding to regulations provided by law.
* Poker players claiming income from poker wins should pay taxes on those wins.  

Poker should also be safe, with guidelines to keep children from playing, with help for those who are gambling addicts, and safe and secure measures should be taken to protect a player from being cheated.  

There is no shame in playing poker.  There is shame in the government imposing itself as a NetNanny that takes away our freedom.

1/15/2009 11:25 PM    
I voted up!!! A liberty of the choice must be Beside people!   

1/15/2009 11:39 PM    
This is a must.

1/15/2009 11:40 PM    
My kid can't go to college unless I can grind out tuition.  Help me help her.

1/15/2009 11:50 PM    
It is the international kind of sports.
Let's meet behind a table.
With kind regards
from Russia

1/16/2009 12:13 AM    
This is America, we deserve our freedom!  Keep the money from going offshore and do your part goverment to regulate it.

1/16/2009 12:16 AM    
Poker is a game of skill. I also like my freedom, my rights. I do not need government telling me where I can play poker and where I cannot. Regulate online poker, bring jobs to the USA and stop people from going to offshore sites. The tax revenue from this will be large.

1/16/2009 12:23 AM    
Internet poker is not a crime. In fact it is a United States tradition. We work hard for our money, and  it is our right as US tax paying citizens to be able to spend our money as we please. It is a game of skill and many people do it for a living in the US. God bless the USA keep our indivual rights sacred and intact!

1/16/2009 12:48 AM    
If someone wants to make a choice on this,they can find the answer on Liberty Island.

USA stands and should always stand for what is good that is left in this world. I am not saying this because we(most of us) are Americans. when the days are dark,there always was a place to look up to on earth. It's not because of the money this place has,it's because the values it stood for no matter what.

This may seem a micro issue to people who are not directly involved.They may wonder why we are making a big deal out of this when there are more serious issues to consider.

But July 4th doesn't make any sense if we don't act here. When we say "we fight to make world a better place",what the hell are we fighting for if we can't act now on this seemingly smaller issue.

Do you stop a kid from playing football because he might break his leg?

1/16/2009 12:52 AM    
Legalize online poker!

1/16/2009 1:01 AM    





J. Richards
1/16/2009 1:23 AM    
Legalize and regulate online poker and keep tax dollars in the U.S.

1/16/2009 1:54 AM    
Let's make online poker a legal reality NOW

Ace Jones
1/16/2009 2:09 AM    
DanW1 wrote:

You people are rabid about your gambling, aren't you. If you legalize online gambling, players will spend their evenings playing cards, ignoring their families, losing their paychecks, all so you can pay more taxes. I have never seen people so damn happy to pay taxes. This is your need to get take chances and desire to get rich quick that is clouding your thoughts.
We have too many important issues to waste our time on spending our time gambling. If poker is so important, get a neighborhood game going. I can't believe the blind fervor with which many of these writers have commented.
Don't you think ending poverty, making health care available, and finding peaceful solutions to conflicts are more important than losing your money to someone across the world.
Dreams of getting rich quick are bogus reasons to jeopardize your financial well being.
Poker is a game of chance. Bluffing someone might be somewhat a skill, but so is conning a buyer with a low quality used car.
Get a life and grow up!

This is spoken perfectly by someone who has no idea about poker. If you knew anything about what you were talking about, you would know that poker isn't a get rich quick plan. It is a game of intelligence, strategy, and wits. So, in your little world we need to outlaw everything that can pull someone away from their family, lose their paycheck, etc? So there goes bars, movies, bowling alleys, billiard halls, all the land based casinos, lotteries, keno, and just about everything else that could possibly be fun. These people really make me laugh. What if the government decided that movies were to much in fantasy land, to violent, etc. Would you be fine with them taking that right away from you? How about the right to smoke? It's ok with them to let me do something that can kill me and most likely will do just that but I cannot play a poker tournament? Funny Funny stuff. Amazing how people are fine with any freedoms that are taken away from us Americans as long as it isn't one of the ones they use. Someday it might be one of the freedoms you do care about and we will remember when you are the one looking for support.

1/16/2009 2:28 AM    
Poker was born in America.

Roland of the hand
1/16/2009 2:30 AM    
Logically: Poker is a game of skill and should be legal.
Emotionally: I want the same freedom found in most other democratic nations.
Practically: Rather than futilely trying to stop poker, regulate it and ensure that the money stays in America.

Roland of the hand
1/16/2009 2:30 AM    
Logically: Poker is a game of skill and should be legal.
Emotionally: I want the same freedom found in most other democratic nations.
Practically: Rather than futilely trying to stop poker, regulate it and ensure that the money stays in America.
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