Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Beauty of Black Friday

My new fave blog, Bill Simmon’s Grantland, has a great article about the unexpected silver lining to the recent shut down of all the US poker sites, written by one of the writers of Rounders:
Until the online poker boom, card players didn't look for anyone's permission, least of all the government's. They were more likely to flout the law than ask for its grace. Poker players used to take pride in all this, like guys in rock bands, but then they became domesticated, like guys with 401Ks. So even as I hate what the Federal prosecutors did, a small part of me likes that poker players, are, once again, in disrepute. Because that means that, once again, poker players are more Doc Holliday, less Davis Love III.
Go read it (it’s not too long)!


RobertHorton said...

This is something I glazed over, and it's on many levels true. The whole online poker industry sure didn't have any set of laws and saw themselves as divine deities who could walk in on the sheriff's office and boss them around (But I still think that having it illegal does so much harm than good).

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FC said...

I'm currently visiting family in the states, and for the first time am feeling the effects of black Friday first hand. Its so frustrating not being able to grind. I almost cant wait to go home!