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Poker Bad, Lotto Good

by James McManus |  Published: Dec 12, 2008


An effort to criminalize America's national card game via the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA) was one of the more disgraceful statutes passed and signed during the Bush administration, a period already notorious for the ill-conceived laws, wars, and policies of cynically moralistic politicians. The UIGEA ban on some but not all games "subject to chance" primarily targeted online poker sites. When the bill failed to attract enough support on its own merits, Sens. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) deceptively attached it to a worthier bill designed to improve security at American ports.

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