The site’s Citizen’s Briefing Book allows members of the public to log in and post their ideas on what Obama, due to be inaugurated this afternoon as the nation’s 44th US President, should do once in office.
One such idea entitled “Boost America’s Economy With Legal Online Poker” has received 1,189 comments so far and almost 40,000 “Vote Up” approvals. Created early last week by ‘AAHue’, the topic calls for Obama to help end the current prohibition on playing poker over the Internet once he becomes President. “Let online poker players in the United States play legally and without fear of prosecution,” reads the idea.
“Reform the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act to exempt poker, a game of skill, from the law. Boost the economy by letting American companies and American players make money and pay taxes instead of sending online poker businesses offshore. Protect online poker players by regulating the industry to ensure that no one is ever cheated.”
Most responses to the idea of allowing legalized and regulated online poker sites have been positive with numerous replies highlighting the fact that poker has been ruled a game of skill rather than chance. “Legalize online poker, which is not ‘gambling’ but a skill game, even a sport,” wrote ‘User 66082319’. “Online poker is clearly legal for poker players in all western democracies except America,” wrote ‘JoeF’. “In America, you can gamble millions in a casino on a roulette wheel or slot machine but you can’t play a game of skill such as poker for pennies on the Internet. This is nonsense.”