Harry Reid Wins His Primary, But Can He Win for Online Poker?

by , Jun 9, 2010 | 6:12 am

Harry Reid won his Democratic Senate primary yesterday. Not a shock, but an essential hurdle for the powerful yet vulnerable Nevada senator to overcome in a race that will almost certainly play a role in how all poker politics progress.

He won handily — 75 percent — but for him the primary was more a matter of how deep he had to dig into general-election coffers to secure the nomination … as he’ll likely need all the cash he can get come November. (He’s spent $8 million so far, and has about $9 million left, according to the National Review.)

First Lady Michelle Obama came to Las Vegas on June 1, not to bemoan the UIGEA, but to rally support for Harry Reid. The two hiked in Red Rock Canyon, but didn’t even consider stopping by the WSOP, even though Jack Effel totally woulda let either one of them do the shuffle-up-and-deal.

The buzz around Nevada is that Reid’s re-election bid got new life with the late-surge Republican victory of Sharron Angle, a Reno Tea Partyer now being referred to as “wacky” by Nevada Democratic operatives. Supposedly, since Reid can’t boost his own approval ratings, his best chance in November will come from tearing down Angle, and his office saw her as the weak player at the table against whom he most wanted to challenge heads-up. (The article linked to above also suggests that Reid’s office may have played a role in helping Angle win.)

Here’s a Republican ad slamming Angle as a Scientologist-loving nutball (she’s actually a Baptist) that should help Reid deflower her just in time for the November Nine:

Hmm, maybe current online poker leaders might think she’s not so bad after all?

Check out Jim Geraghty’s piece in the National Review for some conservative perspective on the GOP’s horse to unseat Reid:

The Anti-Beer Libertarian
If she wins Nevada’s GOP primary, Sharron Angle will be painted as a nut

Yes, should be interesting awesome … hardcore cut-throat plausibly dirty politics at its finest … to watch a state-level pol who considers herself a Tea Party idealist (but really might be more traditional neocon moralist) go up against Reid, the fourth most powerful man in the country and a pillar of Democratic change Big Casino quasi-corruption … especially with so much on the line for our poker-specific special interest.

And here’s another good article that addresses just how important Reid is to the intensifying internet gambling debate in Washington DC. While Reid’s office continues to downplay his involvements, his spokespeople seem to already be on point:

“Sen. Reid’s priority is to protect the jobs of Nevadans, protect minors, and to continue to position Nevada as our nation’s leader in gaming,” Reid spokesman Jon Summers said. “Taking into account these things will serve as the framework for any potential Internet gaming legislation.”

AGA president Frank Fahrenkopf is obviously aware that Reid staffers have paid visits in recent months to all the Las Vegas casino interests he represents in Washington DC to discuss online gambling issues, but isn’t talking about a possible agenda, other than to acknowledge every bit of any new law related to online gambling rests on Harry Reid. Said Fahrenkopf, speaking to the Reno Gazette Journal about Reid’s role in the future of online gambling:

“He has not told anybody what he is going to do. But he is the key.

“Even if the House were to pass over the Barney Frank bill (which would legalize online gaming and set up a regulatory agency) to the Senate, Reid, as the majority leader, has the say over what gets heard and what gets voted on. So right now, there is a big unknown as to what is going to happen this legislative session.”

Also in this story are hints about current online gambling legislative strategy — at least what Nevada business leaders most affected by it are being told — and it would seem to bode well for supporters of fully legal, taxed and regulated online poker. According to one such CEO: “It is definitely coming. It is just a matter of time. Poker will come first, then Internet gaming.”

Of course all of what may or may not happen in our world now depends greatly on the ability of Harry Reid, the 2009 Mormon of the Year, to beat a fiscal conservative who may well like the tax revenues online gaming provides, but when speaking about legalizing marijuana suggested she only begrudgingly accepts legalized booze (according to that same National Review article linked-to above.) If Reid cannot outshoot Angle, any online gambling plans that have quietly been taking shape behind the scenes could be all for naught.

Without a doubt, get your internet charged up and let the games begin!

2 Comments to “Harry Reid Wins His Primary, But Can He Win for Online Poker?”

  1. Tom

    Mikhail Kryzhanovsky, KGB. ” Obama and Millenium Hilton conspiracy”.

    Patrick Fitzerald, member
    Department of Justice Office of Special Counsel
    Bond Federal Building
    1400 New York Avenue, NW, Ninth Floor
    Washington D.C. 20530


    June 1, 2010

    Dear Mr. Fitzerald:

    I have nothing to lose after I’ve refused to participate in CIA-FBI conspiracy which I call “Millenium Hilton” operation – I have no money, no job, no permanent place to stay. I’m telling the truth and I’m sending you a set of special questions related to the U.S. national security, or rather its absence. I want to make it clear – America is deaf and blind because CIA actually does not exist.
    I name people who have to lose a lot – millions of dollars, power, influence, popularity. They will lie to you once you start investigation into their anti-American activity, except Bill Clinton, the weakest link, who knows what lying under oath means and how impeachment looks like. A good thing is – America is no more on their side.I understand that I violated Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982. There’s no other way to bring to justice Bill Clinton who initiated the left-wing conspiracy and Barack Obama who’s covering it up.
    I ask you to pay special attention to CIA. I’ve analyzed the facts and I’ve come to the conclusion that since 1960ies there exists a top-secret KGB (now Russian Intelligence Service) “residentura” or substation inside CIA . The members of this substation are KGB-SVR illegal intelligence officers who pose as the U.S. natural born citizens, hold top positions at CIA and try to penetrate the White House and the U.S. Congress. Technology is simple – you have to find a left-oriented student at Yale, Columbus, Harward or Princeton, compromise him, blackmail, brainwash ,buy, recruit and, finally, “push” him/her to top political position in Washington, DC..
    I think that the members of this residentura recruited Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Then those two were trained and brainwashed by KGB operatives in Moscow in 1969 (Clinton) and in 1981 (Obama). KGB has reached a supergoal – Barack Obama, a Communist, is the U.S. President.
    United States Code at 18 U.S.C. § 2381 states “whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.” That might be exactly the case.
    I, a former KGB officer, was recruited by CIA in 1995 as “Filament”. I had to spy on the US Congress and prepare special instructions for American president on successful election and re-election campaigns, strategic planning and top decisions making, national security, foreign policy and diplomacy, propaganda, economy, war and special operations.
    They guaranteed me “anything I wanted”, including special CIA status (“stay in USA as long as you want and do whatever you think is necessary”) and “best medical service in the world” . It was absolutely clear that political surveillance and control over the White House and the U.S. Congress, not national security, was and is the CIA top priority. They were interested in effective interrogation,tortures and murders methods -I gave them detailed instructions on that. They asked me if I was a sniper, because they had “a job up to my high professional skills” in America .
    I’ve stopped cooperation in 2000 but they press me hard and they want me back no matter what.

    I understand that I risk my life and the last thing I want is a staged suicide with a forged letter my pocket: “I did it myself, life has no sense”.
    Life has sense. And liberty – too.

    I hope you’ll inform people about your investigation and I do hope that you are as honest and persistent as your predecessor, Independent Councel Ken Starr. I hope you will bring Bill Clinton, Leon Panetta, Rahm Emanuel, Robert Mueller, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to justice. The most dangerous crime family in American history belongs to federal jail.
    You can reach me via my e-mail address ([email protected]) and I’m ready to answer all your questions and go to Congress hearing if needed.

    Mikhail Kryzhanovsky
    a former KGB USSR intelligence officer and the “Nabat” KGB anti-terror group member (sniper)
    a former Ukrainian National Security Service intelligence officer
    a former CIA/FBI agent, code name “Filament”


    Questions for Bill Clinton, the U.S. President in 1993-2001.
    1. Have you ever been recruited by CIA ? If yes, what for ?
    2. As an Oxford second-year student you organized and led anti-war demonstrations in London in October and November 1969. Those demonstrations got support from British Peace Council, an arm of the KGB-backed World Peace Council. Then you’ve travelled to Moscow and stayed there a week (December 31,1969 – January 6, 1970). Did you have contacts in Moscow with KGB intelligence officers or with KGB-backed World Peace Council ? If yes, explain the nature of the contacts.
    3. Did you sanction or order CIA Director John Deutch to recruit a former KGB officer Mikhail Kryzhanovsky as “Filament” in 1995 ? If yes, explain the purpose of the recruitment – to teach Democrats how to build socialism in America, turn CIA into a superpower and keep the nation under control ?
    4. Did you order to grant “Filament” immigrant status (political asylum) ?
    5. Did you sanction political murders and surveillance on Republican Senators and Congressmen ?
    6. Did you use “Filament’s” presidential elections technologies ( “The Professional” system) to win re-election 1996 ?
    7. Why did you pardon a former CIA Director John Deutch, the only Russian CIA Director , a suspected traitor and KGB “mole” ( in 2001 ?
    8. Did you recommend President Barack Obama to hire your former Senior Adviser Rahm Emanuel as the White House Chief of Staff and your former Chief of Staf Leon Panetta as CIA Director ? If yes, why you did that – to keep building socialism according to KGB instructions ?
    9. Are you personally involved in any kind of anti-American activity ? If yes, are you ready to cooperate with the Office of Special Counsel ?

    Questions for Leon Panetta, Chief of Staff to President Clinton in 1994-1997, appointed CIA Director by President Obama in 2009.
    1. In 1994-1997 you sat in on the daily intelligence briefings as President Bill Clinton’s Chief of Staff. What did you know about CIA hitman “Filament” , “Millenium Hilton” CIA operation and KGB political technologies introduced by him to the White House ? What do you know about him now as CIA Director ?
    2.CIA operatives informed “Filament” that intelligence abroad is not among priorities for the agency.Does that mean that CIA as intelligence federal agency does not exist and America is deaf, blind and extremely vulnerable to international terrorism ?
    3. CIA granted “Filament” a special status “to do in Washington, DC whatever he finds necessary”. Did that mean a “license to kill” ?
    4. “Filament” asked for a job in Europe,but CIA instructed him, a professional spy, sniper and KGB “Nabat” special anti-terror group member on political murders in USA and surveillance on the U.S. Senators and Representatives.
    Who are on the assassination and surveillance list ? Is CIA specifically targeting Republicans ? If yes, give the names of Republican lawmakers.
    5. In 1991-1992 a former KGB spy Kryzhanovsky worked in Russia for SBU (Security Service of Ukraine) intelligence under the cover of political analyst. He had to penetrate Kremlin and influence Russian President Eltsyn who at the time opposed the independence of Ukraine. That’s why, after he came to USA, CIA wanted to use his experience inside Congress and the White House ? Did you want him to be a Senator ? A U.S. President ? He stopped cooperation with you in 2000, same year Democrats lost the White House and you picked up another Communist who worked for you before – Barack Obama. But you still need “Fillament” – for what ? For 2012 ?
    6. Are you currently involved in any kind of anti-American activity ? Did you get orders from President Barack Obama to watch, compromise, blackmail or kill any Republican politician ? If yes, are you ready to resign ?
    7. CIA is pressing “Filament” in every way – he couldn’t bring his family here for 10 years, he can’t get citizenship, his life is a disaster. Does that mean you want him back for political murders ?

    Questions for Rahm Emanuel, Senior Adviser to President Bill Clinton for Policy and Strategy in 1993-1998, Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama since 2009.
    1. You served as Senior Adviser to President Bill Clinton for Policy and Strategy in 1993-1998. What do you know about FBI/CIA “Filament” and “Millenium Hilton” operation ?
    2. Did you use KGB political strategies and methods described by “Filament” in his “The Professional” system to help Bill Clinton be reelected ?
    2. Are you currently using his “White House Special Handbook” to assist President Obama in reforming America into a socialist country ?
    3. Are you (were you) involved in any kind of anti-American activity ? If yes, are you ready to resign ?

    Question for Janet Napolitano, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary.
    In 2010 “Filament” created the U.S. National Security System for Homeland Security Department. How do you use it ?

    Questions for FBI Director Robert Mueller.
    1. What do you know about FBI/CIA hitman “Filament” ?
    1. At CIA secret meeting place (New York “Millenium Hilton”, suite # 3111) “Filament” was introduced to his FBI contact, National Security Division agent. Does that mean that FBI is also involved in anti -American conspiracy, political murders and surveillance on the U.S. Senators and Representatives ?
    2. In 2002 President George W. Bush sent inquiry on “Filament’s” case to the Department of Justice and it was blocked. Are you responsible for that ? If yes, tell why you is “Filament” so important that you risked your career by ignoring the U.S. President’s inquiry ?
    3. How FBI National Security Division intend to use “Filament” if CIA gets him back ?
    4. Are you (were you) involved in any kind of anti-American activity ? If yes, are you ready to resign ?

    Questions for Chuck Schumer, New York Senator
    1. What do you know about FBI/CIA “Filament” and CIA “Millenium Hilton” conspiracy ?
    2. On March 24, 2010 your office (Orlove, Maxine) advised me to talk to a lawyer, not to my Senator, if it’s about America’s national security.
    Explain yourself to America, Schumer.


    Questions for Hillary Clinton, New York Senator in 2001- 2009, appointed Secretary of State by Barack Obama in January 2009.
    1. In June 2001 “Filament” warned you on national security collapse, CIA-FBI conspiracy and his personal situation after he informed President Clinton and CIA Director George Tenet that he’s “out of the game”. In August 2001 you’ve promised support. On September 11, 2001 terrorists attacked America killing 3,000.Only in a year you’ve finally decided to help “Filament’s” family only (to come to the States). Are you involved in CIA-FBI conspiracy ?
    2. Are you ready to take personal responsibility for 3,000 deaths of innocent people killed by terrorists on September 11, 2001 ?
    3. Did you get any recommendations from your husband , President Bill Clinton on “Filament’s” case ?
    4. Are you ready to help “Filament now to stop conspiracy ?

    Questions for the U.S. President Barack Obama
    1. Have you ever been recruited by CIA ? If yes, after being elected the U.S. President,have you ever get instructions from CIA to use KGB political technologies introduced to the White House by a former KGB officer Mikhail Kryzhanmovsky (CIA/FBI “Filament ” ) ?
    2. Being Columbia University student and a former Marxist Club member at Occidental College, have you travelled to Moscow in 1981 ? If yes, did you have contacts with KGB over there ?
    2. What do you know about “Filament” ?
    3. Did you use “Filament’s” propaganda and “mind control” technologies to win 2008 presidential elections ? Are you currently using these KGB technologies to keep American nation under control ?
    4. Are you currently using KGB technologies on how to manage the White House and control the U.S. Congress ?
    5. In 2008 you made the following statement :” We can’t continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We got to have a civilian national security force that just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded”. Paul Broun, a Republican Congressman, is sure that you wants to establish a Gestapo-like security force to impose a Marxist dictatorship, but in fact you mean KGB with its totalitarian control methods , the ones “Filament” instructed Democrats about. Is that true ?
    6. Did Bill Clinton recommend you to appoint Leon Panetta as CIA Director and Rahm Emanuel as your Chief of Staff ?
    7. Are you personally involved in any kind of anti-American activity ? . If the U.S. Office of Special Counsel investigation proves that, are you ready to resign or rather risk the possibility of impeachment ?
    8. Are you hiding any information pointing to CIA Director Leon Panetta and Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel as co-conspirators ?
    9. Have you ever received information from CIA Director Leon Panetta about CIA assassination and surveillance list targeting Republican Senators and Congressmen ?
    10. “Filament” was ordered by CIA to penetrate the U.S. Congress under cover of political scientist (with the help of James Billington, Congress Librarian) . Is this operation currently in progress ? If yes, who is responsible for it and who’s currently involved in it ?

    You, Mr. President, changed one thing for sure – there no Democrats and Republicans anymore. Now Americans are divided into Communists and Patriots.
    Thanks for the “change”.

    New York

    CNN ireport

  2. Tom

    Mikhail Kryzhanovsky 2012. “AMERICA IS BACK !”

    “Republican party has no leader, so I’m ready to run for President in 2012.
    Like President Barack Obama, I’m not a natural-born citizen, but unlike him, I’m not going to destroy America.
    I’ll destroy Communism and erase “Democrats” – once and forever.
    I will not allow to “CHANGE” America into Commie third-world country, my message is “AMERICA IS BACK!” and
    it has to be absolutely clear for our suffering nation, our friends and our enemies.
    With me – America is back to Prosperity, Power and Future !”

    Mikhail Kryzhanovsky

    Name: Mikhail Kryzhanovsky
    Date of birth: November 12, 1958
    Place of birth: Kolomyya, Ukraine
    Address: New York, USA

    Chernovtsy State University, Ukraine 1977-1982
    KGB Counterintelligence school, Russia 1985
    KGB Intelligence Institute, Moscow, Russia 1987

    KGB USSR intelligence officer
    KGB special “Nabat” group member (sniper) 1982-1990
    National Security Service (NSS) of Ukraine officer 1990-1991
    CIA/FBI “Filament” 1995-2000

    Espionage activity:
    KGB espionage against USA
    NSS operation against Russian President Yeltsyn
    CIA spying on the U.S. Congress and the government
    (stopped cooperation in 2000 but CIA wants him back)

    # 1 national security expert, political analyst and strategist in America
    the author of the “White House Special Handbook”
    (in use by American presidents since 1996)
    the author of the U.S. National Security System
    Republican National Committee platinum member