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2020 Democratic hopeful Andrew Yang has tweeted out in support of legalizing online poker in all 50 states.
In a tweet on Saturday, the 44-year-old former entrepreneur cites the risks of allowing illegal offshore sites and called attention to added tax revenue if poker was regulated at a federal level, Cardplayer noted.
Online poker is legal in 4 states. The state-by-state rules are variable and push many players to offshore sites. We should clarify the rules and make it legal in all 50 states. US players and companies would benefit and new tax revenues could be used to mitigate addiction.
— Andrew Yang🧢 (@AndrewYang) October 26, 2019
According to Online Poker Report, there are actually five states where online poker is legal: Delaware, Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
While the first three states have been regulating online poker for years, the latter two have yet to launch under new laws.
Yang’s background in mathematics, as well as his campaign slogan, Make America Think Harder (MATH), has resonated with poker players nationwide, including poker Hall of Famer Daniel Negreanu, who tweeted:
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) October 26, 2019
Poker YouTuber Joey Ingram invited Andrew Yang to come on his show, tweeting, “The situation for American players is in need of help. Players are being taken advantage of w/ few safeguards in place.”
Yang replied by saying he would “love to sit down” with Ingram.
Thanks Joey. Would love to sit down. 👍
— Andrew Yang🧢 (@AndrewYang) October 27, 2019
Professional poker player Phil Galfond, who co-founded the online poker training site RunItOnce.com, further added to Yang’s original tweet:
Yes! & what most outside of poker don’t realize is that MANY sites still operate in the US, but because it’s outlawed, the ones remaining are those who ignore all regulations including responsible gaming, security, anti-money-laundering, etc.
Legal poker makes Americans safer!
— Phil Galfond (@PhilGalfond) October 26, 2019
While some poker players have become part of the #YangGang after his statement, others, such as Ben Wilinofsky, were not as supportive:
Here is my blistering hot take: if you weren’t YangGang before the poker tweet, and you are after the poker tweet, you’re not significantly different than rich people who just vote for whoever will give them the lowest taxes.
— NeverScaryB (@BenWilinofsky) October 27, 2019
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