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Uncle Sam Poker

by Max Shapiro |  Published: Dec 28, 2011


I rarely bother to read any columns in Card Player other than my own except when I’m looking for material to steal. Unfortunately, in 25 years, I’ve yet to find anything that comes close to matching my standards, so I’ve pretty much given up on finding anything useful. However, the Oct. 19 issue, which featured an illustration of Uncle Sam on the cover, gave me an idea. The drawing showed Sam holding four cards, with a somewhat angry look in his eyes, so I assume he was playing Omaha eight-or-better. The accompanying story, though, was about the drive to get the United States to legalize, regulate and tax Internet gaming. The article quoted industry estimates that legalized online poker could generate $2 billion in annual tax revenue. That’s nothing to sneeze at, but the picture of Uncle Sam gave me a much better idea. Instead of merely taxing online poker ...

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