The 2nd-biggest poker company, PokerStars, asserts that Poker is not restricted by the new unexpected gambling ban.  This recent ban sent gambling-related internet stocks diving, and the search engine marketers making money as poker affiliates were also reeling, as the bill would even make linking to gambling-related material illegal.

PokerStars, however, run by the Israeli Scheinberg family, has a different point of view:

"These provisions do not alter the U.S. legal situation with respect to online poker," privately-owned PokerStars said in a statement.

"Our business continues as before, open to players worldwide including the U.S.," it added. "You may play on our site as you did prior to the act."

They base this on the assertion that poker is a game of skill, not a game of chance.  This point of view, however, is in stark contrast to that of PartyPoker, which said that the legislation would make it "practically impossible" to play poker in the US for money.  Interesting! 

So can we link to Poker ads or what?  Arguably, Poker is a game of skill — I agree.  Few people can play that way, but if you have a great memory and can work out complex probabilities in your head quickly, the assertion is 100% correct.  It depends on who's playing.

I'm not about to insert Poker affiliate banners here, but this is a wide open Pandora's box.  Apparently, nobody in Congress can card-count.  Why am I not surprised?

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