A Small Victory: Republican Party Scraps Anti-Online Gaming Statement From Platform

by Lou on August 26, 2008

It’s a victory of sorts. But of small victories, large battles are won, and for the first time in a decade the Republican Party Platform does not include language stating that online gambling should be restricted in the United States.

It did include such language earlier in August, but the Poker Players Alliance and the online poker community forced the removal of this language.
The Republican Party platform site contained a spot where comments on issues could be posted. Leading the way, to most people’s surprise, were comments from online poker players.

Perhaps Greg Raymer (pictured right), who won the 2004 World Series of Poker, summed it up best when he said, “Why has this party, that used to protect my rights, now become the party that wants to create a nanny-state?”

It’s not a big victory. A big victory would be the overturning of the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act (UIGEA)—but maybe this one small step for Republican platform writers will lead to a giant leap forward for poker players.

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Disciples of Poker August 27, 2008 at 2:45 pm

I hope that the poker community at large is not stupid enough to vote democratic down the line over a single issue such as poker.

Our country has far more problems than this.

I have been reading in cardplayer lately how some of the writers are getting on their soapbox’s over their disdain for the GOP.

I’d rather pay less taxes versus better poker legislation.

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