Regulation, not isolationism, needed for poker

Annette Obrestad
Annette Obrestad, winner of the 2007 WSOP Europe Main Event, may have something to say about an online gambling ban in Norway.

The ubiquity of the Internet, and its potential for facilitating human connection, has impelled governments to attempt to regulate and limit access to it. In China, for instance, the ruling party rigidly monitors what its citizens view, and during the recent uprising in Myanmar, the military junta in power cut off Internet access altogether.

Such restrictions and outright bans seem to be a trend in the online poker world as well. The implications, while arguably more harmful to commerce and leisure than to democracy per se, are troubling.

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