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Don't Tread On My Poker Game

While perusing the Party Poker Blogs over at Guinness & Poker, I happened upon a post where Iggy gave a shout out to his North Carolina readers...pretty damn cool of him. Specifically he was making us aware of an anti-poker article written in the Winston-Salem Journal criticizing the Harrah's Cherokee resort for attempting to build a poker room. Living in Greensboro - only 20 minutes from Winston-Salem and less than 3 hours from Cherokee - this definitely sparked my interest.

Unfortunately, this article is just another in a long line of soap box tripe we here in North Carolina have been force fed for quite some time. It amazes me how this country is built on the ideals of freedom, yet where you call home can directly affect your ability to spend your discretionary money at...well...your discretion. In some cases, this is actually a detriment to the state you live in. For example, every day thousands of N.C. dollars make their way across our great states borders for lottery ticket purchases in South Carolina and Virginia. The S.C. & VA schools reap the benefits of our money while N.C. schools often go under funded. The result…trailers for classrooms, outdated textbooks, underpaid teachers, and test scores consistently ranked in the bottom 10% nationally.

I understand, to some degree, where many of the naysayers are coming from. The family man who chunks half his mortgage payment on a 15/30 hold'em game or the destitute single mother buying $100 in lottery tickets instead of groceries…these are the stories that shape the minds of those impeding change. But how about the family man who works his tail off 50 hours a week and chooses, as a hobby, to play poker with his buddies once a week to blow off some steam. Or the college friends – now 40 something - who make the yearly trek to the casino for some poker, craps, and good ole reminiscing. Am I to believe that adding 30 poker tables to one North Carolina casino is going to push these and other N.C. residents over the edge? Give me a break.

By now, I’m sure you know where I stand on the subject. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m no doubt jealous of many of the bloggers who live near or travel to places I can only dream of (patience TripJax, patience). You can imagine how happy I was to hear that we might be getting some legal poker rooms here in North Carolina. Alas, the future of those plans are in doubt. But as news becomes available, I’ll be sure to let you know.

Thanks again
Iggy for the shout out to your North Carolina contingent. Now, I think I'll jump on Party Poker and play some legal poker, thus giving a big middle finger wave to the state legislature. Oh wait, I don't have any money in my Party Poker account right now...strike that last idea.

posted by TripJax @ 2:24 AM,

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