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Legalization of Poker Sites in the US: 10 States That Still Consider Online Poker a Gray Area

Legalization of Poker Sites in the US: 10 States That Still Consider Online Poker a Gray Area

Generally, laws about gambling are black and white, with no in between. With the rise of internet poker though, some states have yet to adopt laws that specifically address the issue and the reasons for this range from lack of knowledge to lack of enforcement. Below are ten states that still consider online poker a gray area.

California

Online poker is not regulated or legalized in the state, as there are no state laws that outlaw specifically online poker sites. In addition to this, there are no law enforcement officials pursuing those who do partake in playing internet poker.

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Alaska

There are no laws specific to playing online poker in the state of Alaska, but overall the state has a vague view on gambling activities. Gambling was totally illegal through the 1990s and then a law had to be enacted to stop mock casino events that raise money for charity.

Hawaii

There are no state laws that specifically prevent those in Hawaii from playing online poker. Historically, residents bet on games during the Makahiki Festival, allowing those not participating to be part of the action. The festival lost popularity in the 1800s, and betting ceased on moral grounds. The laws now mimic the previous guidelines when dealing in online poker or casinos in Hawaii.

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Pennsylvania

Gambling was popular up until around the 1920s, and prohibition is rich in the history of poker and gambling in this area. The local authorities did not seem to care much about it, and this trend has continued with the advancement of online poker and gambling.

Georgia

Regulators in the state have never charged anyone with a crime for playing online poker, but in general Georgia is anti-gambling. Those who play poker online continue to do so with no issues. The state has become one of the most anti-gambling territories, which can be seen in the lack of regulation for online poker sites.

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Virginia

There are no specific legislation against playing online poker in Virginia at the present time, and history is repeating itself. In the 1600s and then again in the 1800s, the state passed laws restricting gambling, but individuals disobeyed and there was little enforcement of the laws by authorities.

Connecticut

The state attempted to legalize casinos in 1981 after previously legalizing raffles, bazaars, and mock casino nights and becoming one of the first states to hold their own lottery. Online poker is still not specifically legal or illegal, but that could become clear within the foreseeable future.

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Colorado

Gambling became illegal in the state and but was not enforced until the early 1900s, so residents continued to gamble at their own will. Online poker is not presently legislated against, making the realm of internet poker and the like a gray area, likely because there are things the industry would rather customers not know.

Maine

Legislators seem to be okay with gambling as a whole, as there are no laws specifically outlawing gambling and online poker. Maine was one of the first states to adopt state lottery, and boasts the horse race tracks as one of the main attractions of the state.

Alabama

It is against the law for a company or individual to operate gambling games within the state of Alabama, but it is not specifically against the law to play online poker in the state. The code does not include information on internet gambling specifically.

Taking part in online gambling and poker can be a great way to blow off steam and maybe win some cash. Unless examined closely, it is difficult to say exactly whether it is totally legal or illegal in any state, and some even still look at it as a gray area. Either way, remember to play responsibly and abide by the laws as they are understood.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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