The coronavirus(COVID-19) outbreak has caused the world to come to a halt. The global pandemic has registered 472,763 positive cases and 21,306 deaths, since its inception in the city of Wuhan, China. Markets are falling, events have been cancelled and businesses have been halted.
With all the chaos resulting from this pandemic and all the live poker tournaments and events being cancelled or postponed, GGPoker pro Daniel Negreanu has appealed to the US government to consider nationwide legalization of online poker.
Last week, in a podcast with his co-host Terrance Chan, Negreanu stated that he has urged the US government to legalize online poker because of this coronavirus outbreak. He pointed out that the legalization of online poker would give people and poker lovers something to do during this period of social distancing and quarantine. He said, “People actually go out and do things. But this summer is probably a little bit different. People are going to be home.” Live tournaments and events tend to attract a large number of people from around the world and legalizing online poker would help to keep such people from venturing out to casinos and help prevent the virus to spread even further.
The legend, six time WSOP bracelet winner, took to Twitter and tweeted,
“All poker operators: stop. Suspend all tournaments and cash games now. There isn’t a more infectious environment imaginable than a poker table. Shut it all down.”
Brian Koppelman, co-writer of the cult classic poker film ‘Rounders’, also used his twitter handle and said,
“You know how compassionate people use medicines? Well, the senate should allow compassionate use online poker right now. Let people play safely at home!”
Daniel is currently in quarantine with his wife Amanda Leatherman, to reduce the risks of being infected with COVID-19. He believes that this is the perfect time to legalize online poker, even if it is for a trial and run period. He urges the US government to start working on this now so that players can play freely without worrying about the legal consequences.
He also went on to talk about the probable cancellation of the World Series of Poker 2020 given the current state of affairs. He said, “For most [poker] sites, summer is not the most lucrative time of the year. But every single operator is going to look at this. You have a whole bunch of people at home with nothing to do. Globally, this would be a great time to run online poker series.”
Terrance Chan described this as the “online poker renaissance”.
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