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Internet Poker pulls the plug…or does it?

December 18, 2012Bea AikensBlog, Uncategorized0

December 18, 2012

Don’t believe everything you read.  At the very least..read on for ‘the rest of the story.’  Such was the case for me when I read this eye-popping headline in the Las Vegas Review Journal: “Reid Pulls the Plug on Internet Poker.”  Say WHAT??!!

And then I read on…only to learn that Internet Poker’s “plug” was pulled for 2012.  This on December 14th in a year when all eyes, ears and minds should be focused on the proverbial “Fiscal Cliff” vs. yet another gaming initiative.lvrj.com/news/reid-pulls-the-plug-on-internet-poker-for-this-year-183548271.html

Has the plug been “pulled?” No.  The switch has been turned off for a mere few weeks until 2013. Internet gambling, social media gaming, online poker and more are hot issues for 2013.  Also on the calendar for 2013 is the long-anticipated release of the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-5 with a reclassification of Compulsive Gambling from  “Impulse-Control Disorders Not Elsewhere Classified,” (which also includes disorders like kleptomania) to “Addiction and Related Disorders.” This change is anticipated to  essentially recognize Gambling Addiction as a mental health issue and addiction meriting treatment on par with alcoholism and drug addiction vs. an “impulse control disorder.”

The juxtaposition of these two divergent issues; proliferation and ease of access of gambling and recognition of the severity of the mental health impact of Disordered Gambling will no doubt be topics of interest and debate in 2013. One thing is for certain. The plug has not been pulled.

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