Monday, July 1, 2013 | 2:01 a.m.
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.