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    Default UIGEA's latest victim: Steve Martin

    Funnyman Steve Martin was on Dave Letterman this week and absolutely killed it. Martin was there to promote his new Pink Panther movie, which Buzzy will never see in his entire life.

    During one of his stories, Martin let it slip that he used to be an online poker player. He tells the story of winning some big money while under the drug Ambien.

    He also said that he played poker "when it was legal," which isn't technically true. From PokerListings:

    The illegality of online poker is a misconception that we'd like to rectify. So, Mr. Martin, if you happen to google yourself and land on this article, we'd like to give you more information on the issue and hopefully bring you back to the virtual tables.

    Whether playing online poker is legal is a complicated issue. In 2002, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that the Federal Wire Act prohibits electronic transmission of information for sports betting across telecommunications lines, but affirmed that the language of the act does not prohibit Internet gambling on a game of chance.

    Simply put, sports betting online was still bad, but there isn't anything in the law against playing in an online casino or online poker room.
    However, some states have specific laws against online gambling of any kind. Owning an online gaming operation without a proper license is considered illegal, and currently no states are granting online gaming licenses.

    However, no person has been prosecuted for the act of playing online poker so far. The federal government and state governments have gone after online gambling company executives for providing what they deem illegal online gambling services.

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    I saw the interview on Youtube, and was very surprised to see the amount of negative comments on the YouTube video in regards to Steve Martin. He's funny. I even have his stand up comic records!! I used to listen to them when I was 8 years old.. lol.. lot's of fun. He's a wild and crazy guy!

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