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Online Poker Faces Assault From the Feds

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But the basic unfairness of being told she can't sharpen her skills on a worldwide stage sticks in Barros' craw. What's more American, after all, than using your God-given gifts and carefully honed talents to make a living?

"Poker isn't gambling; it's a skill you learn and you practice and you develop," she says. "There's a reason there aren't professional slot-machine players. I deserve to play poker again like the rest of the world does."

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