I wrote Exile on Main Street in October 2006 when the UEIGA was introduced by those fucking crooks and snake oil salesmen in D.C.
Flash forward to today: U.S. Federales Charge Pokerstars, Full Tilt, AbsolutePoker with Bank Fraud, Money Laundering, and Illegal Gambling.
You can also read the full indictment here. Thanks to Pokerati for the link.
So contemporary drug lords in Mexico and Colombian king pins from Cocaine Cowboys era of the 1980s laundered billions of dollars through U.S. banks and washing their cash via Wall Street investment houses. Shit, after the sub-prime mortgage crisis in 2008, the only people funneling cash into American banks were drug dealers!
When you click through Tao of Poker's affiliate links, you get this awesome message from the fucking Nanny State...
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I'm listening to The Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street right now in Lima, Peru. My Costa Rican colleague offered to help me and my girlfriend to find a house in San Jose. Hmm... Costa Rica is a beach paradise.
Then again, maybe I'll just walk away from Tao of Poker and write novels. Or I can focus on fear mongering and my music blog. Hey, if I skip the WSOP this summer, I can do all of Phish summer tour. Instead of pushing online poker onto the masses, maybe I'll return to my roots by slinging pharmies in the lot?
I said this almost five years ago and I'll say it again...
As is, I'm an expatriate living in America. I finally understand the reference by The Rolling Stones... "exile on Main Street."
Update: Friday afternoon
Here's some links...
Reuters: Full Tilt Poker, Pokerstars and Absolute Poker charged with illegal gambling (2+2)
Meet The Boy Genius Who Just Took Down The Online Poker Industry (Business Insider)
U.S. Government Moves To Shut Down World's Biggest Online Poker Companies (Forbes)
Poker Panic '11 (Pokerati)
About Time! (Infinite Gaming Edge)
House of Cards (Riding the F Train)
Thunderstruck (Hard-Boiled Poker)
A Personal Look at Black Friday (Terrance Chan)
The Morning After (Bluff Magazine)
So What's Up with This Falling Sky? (NoahSD)
The End of the (Poker) World as We Know It (Pot Committed)
Black Friday & Poker Player Sponsorships (Poker Royalty - Business Blog)
The Fallout from the Full Tilt/PokerStars Pullout. (Bill's Poker Blog)
Poker en ligne aux USA: Ça sent la fin (Benjo at Wam-Poker)
The (More Shocking?) 80-page Civil Complaint (Pokerati)