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December 21, 2008 - Guess what the "Top Fad" of 2008 is? That's right, it's even bigger than YouTube and FaceBook. And not to give anything away (err, this is the poker blog after all), yes folks, I'm talking about Poker. I mean, dang, I thought it was a fad back in 2005, but apparently fad's last a while.

If you didn't hear already, Lycos has announced the Top Ten search results for 2008. For the third consecutive year, poker brought in the most traffic, while last year, it was Paris Hilton at #2 and YouTube for #3. Not to go off on a tangent or anything, first off, what does that tell us about ourselves when "Paris Hilton" almost gets searched more than anything else? I have some thoughts. One: people like to gossip. Two: People are idolatrous. Three: The bulk of internet traffic is made up by young people.

I suppose you could say the bulk of the people who are playing online poker (young guys in their early twenties) are probably the same people searching up Paris Hilton. So, what does that say about online poker? Well, I'm not sure if you can make a definitive, black-and-white distinction about poker from all this. For one, the #4 search term was "Golf". And guess what came in 5th? Good old Sarah Palin. Ya, I have to admit I helped to make that happen. And while I also searched for "Poker" and "Golf", Paris Hilton was the last thing I wanted to hear about.

So, where am I going with all this? I'm not sure to be honest. But I have some thoughts. The respected Poker Players Alliance recently announced they are going on a media blitz to help raise awareness about the need to regulate online poker (just poker, not online casinos). Well, let me tell you - I saw some of these ads (be on the lookout for them in The Politico, Roll Call and The Hill), and they are anything but catchy and memorable.

Sure, I bet the PPA is wanting to sound credible and factual. But when facts are presented too dryly - let's face it - they aren't as memorable. Instead of the ad "No matter how you cut the deck, regulation is the answer" (the most witty of the ad's mind you), why not say something like "It's hotter than Paris Hilton. Regulate Online Poker". Or, how about "Paris Hilton hasn't folded. Why should you." Okay, so maybe I wasn't made out to write ads. But, I won't concede that the PPA ads don't need some spicing up.

All in all, I personally think the PPA is wasting their time, money and resources trying to regulate online poker by trying to separate it from other forms of online gambling. Certainly, there is more skill involved with poker, but with more big-time cheating scandals at poker rooms than online casinos, I mean, c'mon. U.S. citizens are going to gamble no matter what. And when one door closes, another opens. It may not be at Poker Stars, but so long as other offshore jurisdictions are regulating (other than Costa Rica!), players will have a safe and secure place to make their wagers. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.

Originally published: December, 2008 | Categories: Online Poker

 

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