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April 18, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Online poker and cellphones

I have been a resident of Nevada for five years. Recently, the state legalized online poker for its residents. Although I do not gamble that much, I believed I could play poker online for real money on my computer.

After all, I thought I easily qualified, as I am a Nevada resident and I have a desktop computer in my home. Wrong!

In order to qualify to play, I have to provide a cellphone number so the provider can verify I am a resident. I do have a cellphone, which I carry when traveling. I have a minimal rate as I don’t use my cellphone to keep in touch 24/7 with whomever.

I refuse to have some online poker provider use up my limited minutes with text messages to me. If the government can tell what is in my searches, my emails, my telephone calls, etc., and verify where my computer is located, why can’t a casino?

They have discriminated against a class of residents who do not have or do not wish to use a cellphone. So much for fair and equitable treatment of Nevada citizens.

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  1. Use your "winnings" to get a land line. Just chalk it up to the cost of doing "business".

  2. Are there any other reasons why you shouldn't gamble ?

  3. The commentary on this one all misses the mark. e.g. Jim, a LAND LINE won't work. The industry does not want to do all this, they are forced to due to the laws and regulations, i.e. they cannot go national as of now.
    And Mr. Stilley is wrong to worry about paying for more cell usage, they do not CALL you, they just ping off it to see that you haven't slipped over the line in Nipton or something.
    The main complaint I have is that I can play for a couple of hours in the morning and then when I try to log in again it says they cannot confirm I am in NV. I have to turn off my cell and back on which usually works. That is bull puckey, but I don't at this point know if I should blame Stations,or T-Mobile for that.
    Ultimate Poker has a huge laundry list of programming and marketing TO DOs but fixing the cell ph. requirement is not near the top of that list. I for one have been a big fan of Stations for many years, despite their pecuniary habits, and I hope they can make this work.

  4. That's not how it works. They send you ONE text message that you have to answer with "Yes" to verify that you are the owner of the phone. After that, your phone must be on so that they can use the GPS feature on the phone to verify that you are physically in Nevada. That's all, and there's no charge other than the initial text message.

  5. ODNelson: I'd blame T-Mobile, because mine, on Verizon, works just fine.