2/7/2007 — Happy Hammer Day to You!

by , Feb 7, 2007 | 7:27 am

Poker bloggers rejoice … this day belongs to us. This whole year, really. May the rest of the world go on tilt and make our wishes come true … at least for a little while. (I plan to celebrate at the home game tomorrow.)

Came upon this Gregorian epiphany while reading this more-important-than-some-might-realize article from Ireland. (Dated 07/02/2007, which is like 02/07/2007 to us.) Anyhow, the story’s about legislative fights in Europe over ISP liabilities … with the head of the London Internet Exchange (LINX) urging ISPs to resist pressure from governments to block various content. Obviously this will be a huge technology issue over the next decade, and leading the way are laws being passed (by Italy and Germany so far) prohibiting access to specific online gambling sites.

The next Hammer Day falls during the World Series, on July 2, 2007 … the same day the 270-day “pre-enforcement” period for the UIGEA expires and the law really kicks into effect. If the banks can’t figure out how to stop online gambling by then, it supposedly falls on the Internet Service Providers to lock us out. And that, you can only suspect, will be a very scary day for a lot of poker-related websites.

After that, we won’t see return of a very Hammery calendar year for another 20 revolutions around the sun.

CORRECTION: The next Hammer Day actually happens in another 20 days, on 2-27. Then the potentially not-so-happy Hammer Day in July … then another one on 7-22 and 7-27. Then we gotta wait another 20 years. So really, a lot can happen, but for obvious reasons we have to move fast.


4 Comments to “2/7/2007 — Happy Hammer Day to You!”

  1. on tilt

    i guess it was by no accident that this was posted at 7:27

  2. Hammer Day - Cause Everyone Else is Doing It… - Low limit poker, random life observations and home of The Mookie…

    […] Today is the first of four Hammer Days we’ll celebrate this year.  These days don’t come often as it’ll be another 20 years before any Hammer Days roll around again.  Be sure to take Professor Pauly’s quick class on Hammer 101 which includes the origin, history, etc. of the Hammer. […]

  3. DanM

    Oooh, freeeeakky! Seriously, didn’t alter anything to make that happen. Getcher Nike’s, the Spaceship should be flying overhead any moment now!

  4. on tilt

    did you prepare the punch?