When I first read Full Shill Poker’s post suggesting a boycott of online poker rooms I thought it was the stupidest thing I read in the last week (sorry, no lifetime achievment award here). Then I started to think about it and it may make sense. In fact it may be brilliant.
One of my longstanding opinions on the sites that remained in the US is that they were in it as a cash grab. They knew the end was coming sooner or later and they decided that they were going to try to collect every last penny of rake they could before having to try their hand in the overseas markets. Despite all of their blustering not a single online poker site still operating in the US has made even the slightest public attempt to challenge the law. Yes, I know Raymer, Jesus and Lederer marched on Washtington last year but where have their voices been since the law has been passed?
If PokerStars actually believes that online poker is still legal why have they not challenged the law? Why are they not running ads blasting the hypocrisy of this law on every television station in the US? Why when I look through the news section on the Full Tilt website is there not even one press release condemning this law?
No, all you see are happy-happy emails telling you there’s nothing to see here and to ignore all of that rubbish about gambling being illegal. So, let’s hit them where it hurts! Let’s boycott online poker sites until they figure out this is more than just a way to make a quick buck. If they want our business they sure as hell better start acting like they care about US gaming laws.
From Midnight on February 8th (EST) through Midnight on Sunday February 11 (PST), do not play any internet poker.
These guys are making billions. They can afford to invest a few hundred million into an offensive blitz to get this law repealed. Poker players are on message boards trying to form PAC’s and raise chump change to fight it yet the guys making billions aren’t investing a dime. The PPA is as cash-strapped as ever and I’m sure they wouldn’t mind a nice check from Stars or Tilt that would allow them to hire more lobbyists.
Spread the word! Post this on your blog. Put it in the 2+2 forums. Post it on the Pocket 5’s forums. Link to it on Digg. Let’s give them a wake-up call and make them pull their weight in this battle!
Falstaff posted about the boycott on 2+2 and has gotten some interest.
I Dugg the story. Go and Digg it too!