Child Protection Poker

by , Sep 23, 2008 | 12:58 pm

Interesting rant over about those eTrade baby commercials — pointing out similarities between online stock trading and gambling.

Interesting to me because one of the big issues being raised by online poker opponents is whether or not we can protect children from calling an all-in with just a gutshot and daddy’s credit card worth of rebuys. It really isn’t that different from the unstudied trying to day-trade for dollars … and yet that industry can comfortably run ads like this:

A little perspective as we discuss all these big-time online poker money exchanges currently being considered in courts and Congress …

2 Comments to “Child Protection Poker”

  1. Mean Gene

    Very interesting point. I frickin’ hate those commercials (for obvious creepy-baby reasons) but I didn’t consider the celebrating-irresponsible-gambling angle.

  2. DanM

    I was going to respond with the clown commercial — saying it really wouldn’t be that hard to imagine a young online poker player doing something similar … but instead came across this one, which I think you will enjoy, Gene: