April 16, 2011
Online poker in the U.S. has taken a huge blow and the ramifications across the industry are still to be determined, but needless to say there will be many changes. Many are distraught to the point of drinking, whining, going crazy, and yes, even thinking of playing live poker. I don't blame any of them. I would, however, like to offer a different perspective.
The old adage is that when one door closes, another opens. I see these times as an opportunity. Poker players on average are a very lazy bunch. When previously asked to contact their representative, take an active role in expressing their beliefs, and get involved in activities that didn't include grinding, credit card roulette, and the Spearmint Rhino, your average poker player would do nothing. How many of you reading this ever even took 5 minutes to send an email to your representative?
Now is the time to change your attitude. In what may come as a shock to many of you (but probably not), the U.S. government consists of a bunch of dinosaurs who are in charge due to tenure and not intelligence. This means that email, while quick and easy, is not the best way to communicate with them. Phone calls and typed letters are not the way to go either. If you want to actually be heard, then you must HANDWRITE YOUR OWN LETTER. The PPA has already written a letter for you. I suggest using it as a rough template, altering it, and adding a personal touch to make it even better. Click on the link below and select one of the 3 options to see the letter they've written. I'll say it again just to make it clear. HANDWRITE your letter.
At the end of the day, your level of interest in seeing positive changes made will depend on how much you care about your freedom to play online poker. For some of you, this is a minor inconvenience and you likely won't do a damn thing about it. For others, if you actually care about your personal rights, I hope you take action. Your actions from this point forward will help define a new era in poker, both online and live.
Hopefully the U.S. government's actions have lit a fire under your ass. Hopefully we can see these changes in a positive light and use them as a catalyst for change. Hopefully you actually care enough to let your voice be heard.
Before you do anything else, take 6 minutes and watch the video below. Omar Ahmad explains the best way to go about getting your voice heard and bringing about real change.