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Poker Primer: Five Questions
Daniel G. Habib
May 30, 2005
The runaway growth of Internet gaming has left a murky trail of legal and public health issues
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May 30, 2005

Poker Primer: Five Questions

The runaway growth of Internet gaming has left a murky trail of legal and public health issues

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Very little, so far. Says Dan Romer of Penn's Annenberg Public Policy Center, "Schools are scratching their heads trying to figure out what to do about it." Most colleges have neither counselors nor programs specifically to address gambling addiction, though they typically have mechanisms for dealing with alcohol and drug abuse. "I'm on a national network of counseling services directors, and I haven't heard that much about the issue," says Jim Clack, director of counseling and psychological services at Duke. "I've heard concerns, but more about whether online games are honest." In some cases, schools have explicitly encouraged play: Last year Penn permitted Pokerroom.com to bankroll a $2,500 campuswide tournament.

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