I wanna hold em like they do in Texas please
Fold em let em hit me raise it baby
- Lady Gaga
(OK, so she's not really singing about playing cards...I like this song...let's pretend it fits the post...)
I used to play online poker before the government cracked down on some of the internet gambling sites. I could play for months at a time on $20, playing 2/4 Texas Hold 'Em at the penny table. On a very bad night I might lose $2. Uncle Sam decided he must protect me from myself and not allow me to waste such large amounts of cash, so he shut them down.
Well, there are some sites that still exist. I figured I could afford to spend $20 playing Blackjack on one of the few sites still standing. They had a coupon offer to double my deposit. Cool. I paid 20 US dollars and got 40 in casino cash.
I won! I was up $100. Woohoo!!!! Time to cash out...
WTF? Withdrawable amount 60 cents? I didn't read the coupon offer well enough. You can't withdraw the money until you make bets worth over $1000. Grrrr....
This is what happens when you shut down the reputable sites (if it's possible to be reputable and illlegal at the same time). Why not regulate them and tax the income? Why is it legal for me to go to a Stop 'N Rob to purchase lottery tickets for ten dollars apiece, but not legal to play at penny poker tables?
Lesson learned. No more internet gambling. The sites that remain are nothing but thiefs.