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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

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Newman said what players like about Internet poker sites is that they can log on at any time and play with people all over the world.

However, this convenience has led to another problem. Copher said the U.S. Attorney views any type of Internet wagering in the United States as illegal and a violation of the Wire Act.

"The Web site itself, the operators are functioning legally, but once they are crossing to the U.S., they are functioning illegally," Copher said about many of the Internet poker sites that are operated out of the Caribbean.

Internet sites also offer many variations on traditional casino favorites, like Texas Hold 'Em, Omaha and Stud.

Colton resident Tyler Huisken, 24, said he began playing poker two years ago after a trip to Las Vegas, and he now plays about twice a week either at home or at local casinos.

"It" s just entertainment," he said. "I" m not going expecting to win. … I'm not hoping to win the big jackpot, but it would be nice."

Huisken has played Five-Card Draw, Seven-Card Stud and Omaha, but he recently began playing Texas Hold 'Em after seeing it on TV.

"When you" re at a table, you can tell who knows how to play and who doesn't," he said.

Huisken said he enjoys playing because it really is a game of wits.

"There" s so much involved that you have to think," he said. "Some of the (casino) games, you don" t have to think; you just throw your money out there and they play it for you."

Ontario resident Russell Rubio, 31, said he learned to play poker from his dad when he was 15 years old and now he has his own poker nights, which can bring crowds of up to 40 people.

"It" s not just a bunch of guys sitting around either," Rubio said. "They bring their girlfriends, or their wives and their friends."