The recent crackdown by federal prosecutors on the Big Three - PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, Absolute Poker - has been called "appropriate," by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
“We have to enforce the law as it exists and there are laws on the books with regard to Internet gambling that we have to enforce,” said Holder at a House Judiciary Committee hearing. “The case that we brought for instance in the Southern District of New York involved pretty substantial amounts of money and big financial institutions and I think those cases are appropriate.”
Holder said he doesn't know whether poker is a game of chance or skill, it was "beyond my capabilities." So much for all of the studies that have been done and cases that have been before a judge in the last five years in the U.S. None of our fearless leaders read about them or even know they exist apparently.
“Do you think Phil Ivey is just lucky, he is the world’s greatest poker player?” asked Democratic Representative Steve Cohen of Tennessee.
“I am not sure I know who Phil Ivey is, but I am sure there is some degree of skill that is involved, some degree, I am not a poker player myself,” Holder replied.
It's our guess that Phil Ivey knows who Eric Holder is. But the real question that comes to mind is do any of the people that hold office in the United States ever read the news or watch TV or even begin to have a glimmer of insight of what is going on in the lives of the American public? Are we, in the United States, destined to be governed by those that have buried their head in the sand?
According to Holder it is up to Congress to clarify the laws on online poker, but he added that the Justice Department will enforce the law as it currently exists. According to Holder the Justice Department's criminal division in Washington D.C. did coordinate with the prosecutors in Manhattan who brought the recent action against the online poker industry's biggest players.
Read the unbiased article here. Yes, we admit that we are biased at PokerWorks. Not many in U.S. government appear to know or understand poker yet they are quick to send tens of thousands of poker players out into a glutted job market and aren't willing to find out what the game is all about...the game that goes with taxation, regulation, and licensing.