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Met Senator Reid, talked poker

by Lee Watkinson |  Published: Oct 19, '09

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I didn’t get to play the $10k PLO at the Belagio this weekend becuse I was invited to Howard Lederer’s house to meet Sen. Harry Reid and discuss the future of internet poker. It worked out well though as my buddy Ted Lawson won the tournament and I enjoyed the evening at Howards.
The senator basicly said he was still undecided on the issue, and was concerned about cheating on the internet. He also came off as anti-gambling in general which was a kind of funny thing to hear from the senator from Nevada. I think it was promising overall though. He is in a little trouble according to the polls and realizes the amount of poker players here in Nevada who see this as one of the key issues. He is up for reelection in 2010.

I talked to a few poker players and heard that the Belagio is allowing late signup for the main event untill late in day two. All of them were planning on not signing up till then. I don’t see any problem with the Belagio doing this at first glance. It allows those that want to play super deep to do so and those that want to play more traditional tournament style to come in later when the blinds are bigger.
I haven’t been playing cash games lately and expect a very tough field for the event so will probably go in on day two and decide if I am even going to play, based on the field and what table assignment it looks like I will likely get(not that I expect any good tables in this event).

Lee Watkinson has accumulated nearly $4 million in tournament winnings over his career. His accomplishments include a World Series bracelet in the 2006 $10,000 pot-limit Omaha event and an eighth-place finish in the 2007 WSOP main event. Lee is a Full Tilt Pro and uses his poker winnings to help a chimpanzee rescue charity. Learn more about Lee at his website, www.leewatkinson.com.

 
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fastmonkey
almost 12 years ago

Is it just me or is this bmpek guy literally screwing with every single blog at CP????

Dude, do you have anything but negative comments with respect to every issue posted by every blogger?

You must be a down and out, broke, banged up has been with a huge chip on your shoulder.

Move on to another community, Iran perhaps.

 
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Mr. Honest
almost 12 years ago

I have lived in Las Vegas my whole life and I will tell you this. We had two Senetor's for ever Harry Reid and Bob Bryan. Senetor Bryan was beloved and was a senetor before Reid and the State was very democratic but that has changed and become more Republican and when Ryan ran against Ensign he won but not by as much as normal then Ensign ran against Reid and Reid won by like 100 votes seeing that Reid was moving up in the ranks in the house Ryan did him a favor and stepped down for he had been in office for ever. Ensign won that set easily and all was well however the next time Reid ran for office he barely beat a weak Republican canidate and next year his seat is up again and polls are showing he is way behind so dont stree on Reid he will be gone by next year and he will become the second Majority leader voted out. Tom Dachuele being the other

 
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JohnnyOnTheSpot
almost 12 years ago

Holy crap, Mr. Honest, take a breath.

http://www.ehow.com/how_2104864_use-periods.html

 
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DiamondDaverlz
almost 12 years ago

Lee I just wanted to take a second to thank you and Howard for lobbying for the rest of us. I'm pretty satisfied with online poker as is and it blows my mind that with the taxes we have on alchohol and tobacco that our genius past few administrations didn't realize the benefit of legalizing and taxing internet poker. I appreciate my tax free gains (as meager as they are) and have zero problem paying taxes on my brick and mortar wins, but it's asinine and laughable that the same exact game produces tax only half the time, depending on where it's played...well enough of the rant, thanks again.

 
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Mr. Honest
almost 12 years ago

your right sorry bout that!

 
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clunker
almost 12 years ago

I think Reid has a legitimate worry about cheating on the internet.It has been shown time and again that there is cheating As and and what is revealed is just the tip of the iceberg.It will be very difficult cutting out the cheating but what i have encountered in the internet poker rooms is we will take your money and to bad if you are wronged. As and example just last week on a site i was playing in a small buyin tourney. player 1 had 2k player 2 had 10k. player 1 bets 1999 player 2 calls flop player 1 allin 1$ player 2 folds.I'm like wow that was crazy. Next hand p1 bets 3998 p2 calls flop p1 allin for 1$ p2 folds. next hand same thing now player 2 has 1 chip leaves table after dumping his stack.
I contacted customer services immediately and they said they would look into it. Short time later Iget email that they had looked into it and taken care of problem.Don't known what they did but guy who got the chip dump was still at table.Internet poker can be fun but people need to be careful what they get into.

 
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littleze
almost 12 years ago

Diamond you don't have to thank them, Howard wants internet poker to be legal for himself as much as he does for you. He will make huge money(Being one of the founders of Full Tilt) from it being made 100% legal and nothing is wrong with that fact, but he is not doing it as a service for you and me. And just b/c it's not legal doesn't mean you don't have to pay tax's on it, it's still income. And the reason it's not legal is as much the cheating as it is the brick and mortar casino's lobby is strong and powerful. I don't know how much Lee gets but Howard is a major player for Full Tilt, he has already made millions from it. More power to him but he is not some selfless advocate for internet poker.

 
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SevenKidsPoppy
almost 12 years ago

bmpek might have a point. If Reid doesn't grease at least a one-year delay in UIGEA's implementation, then imo no one should vote for him, pure and simple.

 
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