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Poker and gambling: a positive competitive game

Jordan Hillman (Joseph A. Butt, S.J. College of Business Administration, Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)
Walter E. Block (Joseph A. Butt, S.J. College of Business Administration, Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)

Competitiveness Review

ISSN: 1059-5422

Article publication date: 14 October 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

In the present epoch, when the witch hunt for victimless criminals continues apace and even increases, it is all the more important to protect our liberties. One of the purposes of the present paper is to do so with regard to gambling.

Design/methodology/approach

We use logical arguments (reductios ad absurdum) and empirical case studies to make the case that online or any other kind of gambling in general, and poker in particular, are justified uses of our freedoms.

Findings

We find that although poker, whether online or in any other format is under attack by the powers that be, the case for such initiatives is a weak one.

Originality/value

The value of this essay is to focus attention on yet another one of our liberties that is in grave danger of being obliterated.

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Acknowledgements

We thank the reviewers for their comments on an earlier version of this paper. All remaining errors are of course our own responsibility.

Citation

Hillman, J. and E. Block, W. (2014), "Poker and gambling: a positive competitive game", Competitiveness Review, Vol. 24 No. 5, pp. 433-443. https://doi.org/10.1108/CR-07-2013-0065

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