Dogs Playing Poker: Leave The Gamblers Alone!

Cassius Marcellus Coolidge, 1903.

John Stossel writes on Fox Business:

Yesterday ESPN announced they will remove all poker-related programming and advertising (except for this year’s World Series of Poker).

Wimps. And the gambling industry is no better. Industry lobbyist, former senator Al D’Amato, claims “[poker] is a game of skill” and therefore should not be subjected to federal anti-gambling laws. “Regulate it, but don’t ban it,” he says.

Give me a break. The cowardice of business in standing up for free markets never ceases to amaze me.

What wimps!  Why don’t they have the courage to say the government has NO business intervening in an activity between consenting adults?  I’d hope the poker lobby and the leading sports network would defend the game and its players.  Instead they push legal tricks or distance themselves from poker.

The feds accuse the companies of bank fraud and money laundering…

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  • Karl

    The government *has* business intervening in the business of consenting adult. The use of the word “consenting” is nothing but an attempt to claim fascism.

    I don’t know about you, but I don’t trust giant companies one bit. Ads, subliminal messaging, psychological warfare, etc…

    Companies will do anything to sell their stuff and addiction is their big moneymaker. I *want* there to be agencies/people that limit what companies can do and control their activities. I have no doubt that if not controlled, companies will do everything in their power to get as many people as they can addicted to their products.

    Gambling can be fun, but it can also be an addiction. It’s not because an addict like’s to support his/her addiction, that the government has no right to intervene. The addict might not want it, but we still need to get this person off the addiction, AND prevent future addictions. For everyone.

    Saying the government has no business in the activities of consenting adults might not be intended like this, but I do feel that if this idea is pushed in all fields, the result will be that the term “addiction” will lose all meaning, as nobody is allowed to intervene anymore.

  • Karl

    The government *has* business intervening in the business of consenting adult. The use of the word “consenting” is nothing but an attempt to claim fascism.

    I don’t know about you, but I don’t trust giant companies one bit. Ads, subliminal messaging, psychological warfare, etc…

    Companies will do anything to sell their stuff and addiction is their big moneymaker. I *want* there to be agencies/people that limit what companies can do and control their activities. I have no doubt that if not controlled, companies will do everything in their power to get as many people as they can addicted to their products.

    Gambling can be fun, but it can also be an addiction. It’s not because an addict like’s to support his/her addiction, that the government has no right to intervene. The addict might not want it, but we still need to get this person off the addiction, AND prevent future addictions. For everyone.

    Saying the government has no business in the activities of consenting adults might not be intended like this, but I do feel that if this idea is pushed in all fields, the result will be that the term “addiction” will lose all meaning, as nobody is allowed to intervene anymore.

  • Anonymous

    When it comes to gambling there is no market. They are selling illusions and glittering, exciting bullshit fantasy.

    Gambling establishment are essentially a big con for all that participate as “customers”. It may be fun to gamble, especially in a friendly game in which there is no “house” to play against, just other players. Casinos are rigged, period. The “house” will never lose significantly, but you and I sure will.

    It seems that the term “free market” doesn’t really apply to the gambling industry. There is nothing free about it.

  • GoodDoktorBad

    When it comes to gambling there is no market. They are selling illusions and glittering, exciting bullshit fantasy.

    Gambling establishment are essentially a big con for all that participate as “customers”. It may be fun to gamble, especially in a friendly game in which there is no “house” to play against, just other players. Casinos are rigged, period. The “house” will never lose significantly, but you and I sure will.

    It seems that the term “free market” doesn’t really apply to the gambling industry. There is nothing free about it.

  • Hadrian999

    it is one of the major hypocrisies of many conservatives who espouse capitalism, they claim to be for more freedom and the perfection of the market, yet only want to allow products they like to be sold on that market. in a free market drugs, prostitution, and gambling would all be totally legal but those who claim to be the party of freedom only want you to be able to choose the things that they want you to.

  • Hadrian999

    it is one of the major hypocrisies of many conservatives who espouse capitalism, they claim to be for more freedom and the perfection of the market, yet only want to allow products they like to be sold on that market. in a free market drugs, prostitution, and gambling would all be totally legal but those who claim to be the party of freedom only want you to be able to choose the things that they want you to.

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