July 17th, 2005, 03:06 AM
Online poker : the new US military war game
Not sure what to make of this. The power of euphamisms is frightening.
Poker Site wins Pentagon War Gaming Contract
By Robin Berger
Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded a profitable war gaming contract to PokerPhreaks.net, a popular gambling website. "War gaming is a vital function for our military," said a Pentagon representative. "This is a logical extension of the gamble every person takes when they go into combat.
Troops stationed at hot spots around the globe will be able to use their government issued Visa cards at PokerPhreaks.net "for legitimate war gaming expenses," said the Pentagon representative.
Military personnel will roam small war gaming battlefields, called "tables," and engage enemy forces in a quest to take their resources, known as "chips." Soldiers may fight individually, or in small groups, or even as large "Red" and "Blue" teams in regularly scheduled "tournament" wars.
PokerPhreaks.net won the war gaming contract after agreeing to incorporate the Geneva Conventions into their poker rules. "We even award digital POW ribbons to soldiers who get 'trapped' by an opposing force during a poker match," said the site's webmaster.
Critics also cited the fact a non-American company owns PokerPhreaks.net. "The entire site is hosted from the Isle of Man, which is not U.S. territory," said one critic. The Pentagon representative disagreed. "American currency is accepted everywhere on the island, which makes it a territory of the United States just like Nevada." Besides, she said, "the Isle is a strong coalition ally in the Global War on Terror."
July 17th, 2005, 04:47 AM
The mere fact that it belongs to the United Kingdom would not be relevant?
"the Isle is a strong coalition ally in the Global War on Terror."
July 17th, 2005, 02:22 PM
Arrogant much ?
American currency is accepted everywhere on the island, which makes it a territory of the United States
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July 17th, 2005, 04:32 PM
Thats really not true. Just the fact that a place accepts dollars doesn't mean its a part of America. I have heard of several places that accept other country's currency's. That doesn't make them part of that country now does it?
American currency is accepted everywhere on the island, which makes it a territory of the United States just like Nevada."