Because the Internet is naturally porous, and since
states cannot touch e-casinos outside their borders,
they will be left with only one handy perpetrator:
the player. This would be scary if anti-gambling sentiment
got as furious as the war on drugs. (Imagine Cops
on TV with a SWAT team battering down the doors of
computer nerds: "Take your hands off the keyboard....")
The national trend has been to leave the punters alone,
and states will face the same pressures as the federal
Even if more states pass solid statutes banning Internet
play, they still face a series of practical problems
unique to the Internet. For starters, how do they
tell betting bytes from all the others in cyberspace?
It does not appear to be technically feasible to identify
many gamblers by tapping into the ISPs, even if police
attained such Big Brother authority. Information traveling
the Internet is broken into little electronic packets.
'6 These packets travel individually over the most
efficient path, which can change in mid-communication.
One chunk of your bet may travel through Atlanta,
another through San Francisco, then get reassembled
at the destination. Picking gambling bytes out of
the ocean of Internet traffic and then making sense
of them is a wiretappers worst nightmare. Currently,
states lack the computer crime units to even think
about it. Even if they did have them, e-casinos can
add encryption to their programs and distribute it
to customers with the rest of the software.
The Interactive Gaming Council, an industry group,
believes gambling data can easily be made secure;
"even without using encryption, a user can remain
pointed out the differences between river bets and
other bets in chapter 8, and I will refer you back
to that text for a discussion of playing the river
in Hold'em. I don't mean to dismiss the subject, but
there isn't much about playing the river in Hold'em
that is different than playing it in any other high-only
poker game. Unlike in Stud, the river card in Hold'em
is an open card, which solidifies the basis of your
decisions. But once all the cards are out, all high
only games are essentially identical: strategy and
tactics centered on the availability of additional
cards disappear, and river play is reduced to betting
and calling based on achieved hand strengths and bluffing.
The only aspect of river play I will repeat here is
that You will usually call a single bet on the river
in fixed-limit Hold'em with a hand of any strength.