Make me an offer for 500 poker chips

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Last summer, I won sixty cents in a free poker tournament at I planned on playing until I lost it all, but decided not to take U.S. players for real-money games when Congress passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. I cashed out and asked my readers what I should do with my sixty-cent check. One suggested I try to trade it for something better. So here I am, trying turn my sixty-cent check into a World Series of Poker Main Event entry through a series of trades. And while my plan may seem ridiculous, it's no more ridiculous than the UIGEA.

Currently available

Limited edition Super Bowl XXXVI football signed by former New England Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri. Trade includes certificate of authenticity, and also includes autographed picture of Patriots' safety Rodney Harrison. Want more information? Go to the trade post. Want to make an offer? Shoot me an e-mail at . Want to know how I got this far? Go to the trading history.

Farewell PKR, I never knew thee

I had high hopes for The 3D poker room has the best software I've seen. You can play for real money in a video game atmosphere. Unless, like me, you live in the United States.

PKR launched real-money games on its site on August 17, but passed on allowing U.S. residents to make wagers on its tables. In the weeks leading up to the decision, the House of Representatives had passed the Internet Gambling Prohibition and Enforcement Act, and CEO David Carruthers was arrested on U.S. soil.

"It was a very painful decision," said Jez San, president of PKR. "But we thought it prudent to launch after there was clarity from the Senate."

With industry experts suggesting that the Senate probably would not act on Internet gambling restrictions, I tried my luck in one of PKR's freeroll tournaments. My eighth place finish netted me sixty cents in my account.

San assured me that PKR would open for business to U.S. players when Congress recessed at the end of September, as long as Internet gambling legislation did not pass. So I let my sixty cents remain in my account, waiting for October when I'd sit down in a $.01/$.02 no limit game and try to build a bankroll from scratch.

Then, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) managed to attach the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act to a ports security bill. It sailed through Congress with almost no resistance and was signed by President Bush on Oct. 13.

"Given this development, we are not in a position to lift our current block on real money gaming for US residents until further notice," an e-mail from PKR informed me.

Sadly, with no chance to multiply my winnings, I am now forced to withdraw my pittance from PKR's coffers. I will be receiving a check for sixty cents in the mail in the coming weeks. The only problem is I have no idea what to do with it.

So, I'm leaving it up to my loyal readers. Please send suggestions on what I should do with my sixty cents to . Next week, I'll post some of the best suggestions, and yes, I'll actually follow the advice given by one of you.


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