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.

Write your Congressman, part II

In December, I wrote a letter to my Congressman asking him to rethink his vote on the UIGEA. Now that there are two bills in Congress that have been referred to committees that would deal with Internet gambling in a different way, I thought it was time to write to him again.

I urge everyone who used to enjoy, still enjoys, or might like to enjoy gambling on the Internet to write your Congressman. Even if you don’t want to gamble on the Internet but believe that Americans should be able to choose how to spend money freely, write to your Congressman. If Congress decides that gambling on the Internet is unacceptable for Americans, what’s next?

I don’t believe e-mails work. They are too easy. When you sit down and write your own letter, put it in an envelope and pay for a stamp, your Congressman will know that you put some effort into it and you really care about the issue. Be informed and be articulate, but most importantly, be involved.

Read my latest letter to Rep. Lynch.


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