month, I wrote a column asking Casino City readers to
what I should do with my 60 cent check from PKR.com.
I was hoping for both entertaining suggestions and interesting
ideas on how I could use it to protest the Unlawful Internet
Gambling Enforcement Act.
Thanks to a
series of thoughtful responses, I haven't been disappointed.
Some of my favorites:
you invest $0.50 in lottery tickets, I suggest the 3-7-2
box in the pick 3 game and use the remaining $0.10 on
two pieces of Bazooka Joe." Liam M., Somerville,
"I would put
half in low-risk mutual funds and give the other half
to my friend who works in securities." Brendan
H., Charlottesville, Va.
the check to Bill Frist, mail it to him (Office of Senator
Bill Frist, 509 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington,
DC 20510), and explain that the money is from your never-activated
online poker account, and request that because you can't
play online poker, would he mind buying you a ticket for
your favorite lottery game, Tennessee's 'Cash 3?'" Jay
B., Brunswick, Maine
half full in me says get four buddies to each contribute
a dime and buy a dollar scratch ticket and try your luck.
The glass half empty in me says throw your 60 cents into
Coinstar for grocery money because if you're worried about
what to do with 60 cents, then groceries are probably
not being purchased with ease in your world." Kristen
C., Baltimore, Md.
don't desperately need the 60 cents, frame it, take a
picture of it, and circulate the picture in an e-mail.
In that e-mail, explain how the feds don't think that
Americans should be free to gamble online." A.K.,
Jay from Maine
really seemed to capture the concept I was looking for,
and I also liked A.K.'s idea to use the check as a rallying
cry to protest this ridiculous law. I was just about to
start writing the follow-up column, combining Jay and
Adam's advice, when I got one final suggestion.
"I don't know
if you got any ideas for your 60 cent windfall, but my
wife Kimberly came up with a good one: buy a red paperclip
and try and trade it for a house. Sure, it's been done,
but perhaps there is a poker version that you can do?"
Josh H., Littleton, Mass.
Josh is referring
to Kyle MacDonald's "one
red paperclip" project. The young Canadian writer
made a series of trades, starting with one red paperclip
and ending with a house. He made 14 trades in exactly
one year to complete the mission, landing a house in Kipling,
Saskatchewan a little over four months ago.
So here's my
plan: While Kimberly suggested I buy a red paperclip with
the money, I think a $0.60 check from my dormant Internet
poker account has more value than a red paper clip. So
instead, I'll start this bartering business with the physical
60-cent PKR check. And since my wife and I just bought
a house over the summer, we don't really need another
one. Hence, I'm taking Josh's advice and coming up with
a poker equivalent: The entry fee and travel costs for
the Main Event of the 2007 World Series of Poker.
Not to knock
MacDonald, who I am blatantly copying, but his pursuit
was selfish; he really wanted a house, and more than anything,
wanted to be able to write a book about his trading experience.
I, on the other
hand, would like to raise the awareness of the Unlawful
Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, because I believe that
the majority of Americans do not believe that online gambling
is evil or that U.S. financial institutions should be
required by the government to block transactions to Internet
that this project will help spread that message across
America. Eventually, Congress will have to listen, and
the U.S. will reverse course and regulate Internet poker.
And yes, the
selfish side of me wants to play in the WSOP at a cost
of 60 cents.
I'm looking for these trades to be related to poker or
gambling, but I'm willing to entertain any offer. So let
the bartering begin. Send your offers to firstname.lastname@example.org,
and I'll keep you posted on the results.