As many of you now know, last month we endorsed Nevada Senator Dean Heller for election to the Senate this November. Unlike most other Senate races, the Nevada contest features two candidates that are both in favor of online poker. Despite this, we consider this race, from a standpoint of obtaining a good federal poker bill, to be the most important one in the country.
The reason for this is that to get a successful bill, the voting in the Senate will need to be bi-partisan. That is, it will need support from both Republicans and Democrats, and right now, more Republicans are needed.
Well, it turns out that Senator Heller has become the lead spokesperson on the Republican side for supporting this issue, and we hope that his winning the election will be the equivalent to bringing a number of additional Senate votes to our side. We don’t see anything like this happening with his opponent. So, our decision to support Senator Heller was an easy one as well as an important one. There’s lots of discussion in our Poker Legislation forum concerning this endorsement since it has surprised a lot of people. We encourage those of you who are interested in this race, whether you live in our home state of Nevada or some place else, to join in.
We also want to announce that we’re hard at work on our next book. It’s titled Further Limit Hold ’em; Exploring the Model Poker Game and the author is Philip Newall. It discusses some advanced strategies that can be used in limit hold ’em games, and it’s of the same top notch quality as Philip’s first book, The Intelligent Poker Player. We hope to have it available before the end of the year.
I also want to comment on the status of intrastate poker here in Nevada. It’s coming, and we expect the first sites to be up and running within six months. If you’ve been following the discussion on the forums, this information is nothing new. As more information becomes known and the sites actually start real play, there should be plenty of discussion in the appropriate forums, and of course if we in 2+2 management hear anything unique, we’ll quickly get the word out.