Agitator Live Chat Today at Noon ET: Poker Pros Howard Lederer and Andy Bloch

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Aim your browsers here in an hour for a chat with poker superstars Howard Lederer and Andy Bloch. They’ll be here primarily to discuss the bill sponsored by Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) that would legalize and regulate online poker and online gambling. But feel free to inquire about poker policy in general, including the raids on neighborhood games we’ve discussed here, the history and culture of the game, and whatever else tickles your fancy. Because we’ll only have them for an hour, however, I doubt they’ll be answering much in the way of tips on strategy, etc.

Andy Bloch is one of the guys who beat the Vegas casinos at blackjack, providing the inspiration for the recent movie 21. He has won over $4 million playing professional poker. He’s one of the sponsoring pros at the poker website Full Tilt Poker, where he donates all of the money he wins on low limit games to charity. Read more about Bloch at his website (or follow his Twitter feed).

Howard Lederer has two World Series of Poker gold bracelets and has finished in the money at the event 38 times. He’s probably one of the most well-known faces of the game. Wikipedia puts his lifetime live winnings at $4.8 million. Lederer is a co-founder of Full Tilt and on the board of directors of the Poker Players Alliance, the lobbying group that’s trying to get the online game legalized. Read more about Howard here.

PPA also helped set up this chat.

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8 Responses to “Agitator Live Chat Today at Noon ET: Poker Pros Howard Lederer and Andy Bloch”

  1. #1 |  Ben | 

    3 men dressed as cops rob home poker game in North Carolina.

  2. #2 |  Kristen | 

    Howard’s sister is kicking some serious ass in The Celebrity Apprentice, too.

  3. #3 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Illegal and unregulated or legal and regulated. Hmmm. Not an easy choice since that which the government regulates becomes fucked up.

  4. #4 |  kyle | 

    How do you gamble online without charging it on your credit card? And if you can’t, why can’t i buy lotto, pull tabs, and scratch offs at the gas station on credit? If its illegal, i have an incentive to pay off the bill. There are times the dealer has called the police on the guy who stole his stash, but right now the online poker companies are breaking the rules far less than the gamer not following local laws. Gambling is okay, and credit is sort of okay, but mix the two together and you can keep figuring the next hand is going to be the big break. Hit your limit at 29% APR, but let the banks kneecap you when you try to walk out of your financial commitment. Or treat gambling debt like government-backed student loans when it comes to bankruptcy time. Poker (and pool) actually reward the more skilled players though, unlike scratch offs, and when you spread 8.8 million in losses across enough willing and professional players, it doesn’t seem like a big deal. And donating the money from sucker games to charity is a sign of character. If everybody had character, the world would be a better one and this conversation wouldn’t be taking place.

  5. #5 |  Geoff | 

    In my opinion, poker is a game of skill for mathematicians. Online (Internet) freedom and neutrality are important to me but I would like information about why I should give a shit about gambling on the web. I have no aptitude for maths so I don’t care whether OL gambling is legal or not.

  6. #6 |  billy-jay | 

    @ Geoff:

    The default for anything should be that it’s legal unless there is a compelling reason for it to not be.

  7. #7 |  onlinepokerpromagazine | 

    What ever one does online or offline it should be legal I feel

  8. #8 |  Coldaces | 

    Great one man. I definitly will be following your blog in the future, or at least I keep it in my RSS :)