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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 May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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