Why is Poker illegal?

I just do not get it, and I am hoping someone can explain. Why on earth is Poker illegal? Is it religion, or social engineering by the government? Is it the governments attempt to protect people from addiction? This seems to be hypocritical as John Stossel explains in this video.

When I turn on TV it seems I see commercial after commercial urging suckers…I mean people to play the lottery. Yet Poker is illegal.

Lets review…

So the state urges people to play the lottery. An activity that is a clear tax on the poor and is a far larger gamble than poker. Sure it helps schools, but couldn’t a tax on both live and online poker provide even more money?

Poker is a game that encourages people to improve their skills through reading books and improving math skills. Generally people that do not commit to improving certain skills end up quit playing because they never win.

This is an older blog, but I love these guys and they have a great point POKER: SKILLVSCHANCE.

So in a downed economy the government targets American owned online poker sites. Genius! Lets shut down Americans creating jobs and bringing money from overseas to the states, while at the same time letting overseas operations scoop up the disenfranchised players (and money).