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Online Poker Prohibition

by Michael Cappelletti |  Published: Nov 30, 2011

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Once upon a time, our federal government passed legislation which attempted to prohibit people from obtaining and drinking alcoholic beverages. That “Prohibition” turned out to be a great fiasco. Not only did the rest of the world (especially Europeans) laugh at us, but even many of our most respectable citizens openly flaunted the law. I remember being told that both of my grandfathers made wine in their basements. Nevertheless, Prohibition lasted some thirteen years before our government finally wised up and realized that moderate alcoholic consumption was an area where government should avoid moralistic judgments. And perhaps profit from taxing it instead! One would think that perhaps some lessons were learned? On the Ides of April (15th), now referred to as “Black Friday,” the U.S. Department of Justice (where I served as a lawyer for 27 years) indicted a number of online poker site executives and three major U.S. online ...


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