With the US election shifting into higher gear, now is the time for any and all proponents of online gambling to consolidate their various hands, be it poker or casino games, in order to push the issue of legalizing and regulating Internet gambling to the top of the political agenda. Well, at least as high as it’ll go. By building support pronto, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act’s days could very well be numbered.
Already some politicians are jumping off the gambling ‘ban’ wagon, namely New York Senator Alfonse D’Amato, a lifelong poker player who also happens to be chairman of the 500,000-strong grassroots Poker Player’s Alliance. Barney Frank, the Democratic representative from Massachusetts, recently submitted his “Internet Gambling Regulation & Enforcement Act of 2007.” Representative Bob Wexler, a Democrat from Florida, is planning to submit legislation designed to promote what are supposedly ‘skill’ games like poker, bridge and mahjong – in preference to games of chance like roulette, craps and slots. And last but not least, Representative Shelley Berkley – a Democrat from Nevada – has tabled a proposal to create a commission made up of National Academies to study the issues surrounding online gaming.
Considering the fact that ‘all of the above’ online gambling proponents are Democrats, and the Republican’s have plenty of other policies to defend, now’s the time for ‘real’ gamblers to come out from under their poker tables and declare who’s free (to gamble online) and who’s still living in the past. In today’s digital world, there are only “number ones” or “zeros.” Which are you?