Audacious PPA deals a few hands to conservatives

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  1. Marina

    Marina Administrator Staff Member

    Latest Alliance move puts poker in the limelight again

    The US poker industry played a game of chance this week by venturing into the backyard of some of its harshest critics - political conservatives - to promote the sport, reports the Washington Post.

    Stressing that poker is a game of skill and not chance, like roulette, slots or other forms of gambling, the Poker Players Alliance set up a table at the Conservative Political Action Conference to lobby against local, state and federal encroachments on both online and offline versions of the card game.

    "I don't want the government telling me what to do unless I'm hurting you," said 2004 World Series of Poker champion Greg "Fossilman" Raymer who took part in the initiative. "The only issue is going to be protecting children. I don't believe that adults should be protected from themselves by the government; that's what your family's supposed to do."

    Raymer was greeted at CPAC by a line of eager autograph-seekers, most of whom identified themselves as staunch conservatives, the Post reports.

    "I think it's a great idea," Tim Peabody, a student from Bryant University, said of the group's presence at the conference. Peabody said he considers himself a social conservative even though he supports the right of adults to play poker. "You can't categorize everybody into one group," he said.

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  2. Arjonius

    Arjonius New Member

    I'm glad to see the PPA understands that someone being politically conservative doesn't automatically mean they're against individual freedom of choice in matters such as whether to play online poker. The quote about not categorizing everyone is certainlt appropriate in this regard.

    I wouldn't go as far as Raymer did in saying the government should only stop me from hurting other people. To some degree, it should also protect me from hurting myself. The problem in this instance is that certain politicians used people needing protection from hurting themselves via online poker to further their own agendas, while it ostensibly remains fine for those same people to hurt themselves playing live poker as well as pure games of chance, not just in casinos but in govt-run lotteries. Sheesh!

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