When Fox 13 News in Tampa called Poker Players Alliance for an interview about online poker legislation in Florida, PPA called me. As PPA’s Florida State Director, I was thrilled and set aside a day for the 4-hour round trip for the interview.
Imagine my disappointment when the news piece aired and was slanted towards addiction. I understand how the media is driven by sensationalism.
Sure, I realize that TV news ratings are determined by viewers, and we, as a society, want to hear about the gorey details. We’re rubber neckers straining hoping to see the blood and guts of a traffic accident, and we forget to rejoice when we arrive safely without a moment’s delay.
My first reaction when I saw the piece about how one woman was dropping $20k a month online while another man, who spoke from the shadow, had lost nearly $500k, “They need coaching!”
My second reaction was ego-driven, “Where am I?… Yegads, the camera is very unforgiving!”
The ‘they need coaching’ comment might sound flippant in print, because it looked that way to me when I just wrote it, but, it’s flat true. Many people benefit from a coach that is a loving mirror. One who notices addictive behavior and tags them by giving real-time feedback that can make a difference in their lives.
After watching the video, please do two things.
- Leave a comment below.
- Contact your state and federal legislatures about regulating and licensing online poker. This is your EASY button and will take your directly to Poker Players Alliance page where you can make most all the contact in a couple of minutes.
Until next time, remember my MindSet motto.
Play the cards life deals you as if you have already won.
Poker MindSet Coach &
Dean of Poker MindSet Academy