Top 11
Top 11 Things Geeks Would Do After Being Rescued from a Mine
How White and Nerdy Are You?
Bush Proposes Faith- Based Firewalls for Government Computers
Microsoft Purchases Evil From Satan
Slashdot Story Generator
Which OS Are You?
Teen Using MySpace to Lure Bands to Los Angeles
The BBook of Geek
Mental Floss
Geek Press
Wil Wheaton
Jonathan Coulton
Jokes Gallery
Funny Pictures
More Links

Thursday, July 14 12:00 AM ET

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, 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. We built large computer networks in Iraq so our troops can play 'Delta Force' and 'SOCOM' when they're not dealing with insurgent attacks."

The contract will be overseen by the War Gaming Division of the Marine Corps War Fighting Lab in Quantico, Virginia. Troops stationed at hot spots around the globe will be able to use their government issued Visa cards at "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. 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.

Related News

Grim Reaper to License "Blue Screen of Death" from Microsoft

Microsoft's AntiSpyware Tool Removes Internet Explorer

Microsoft Granted Patent for Creating Insecure Software

Critics of the contract believe the military is spending money for fun rather than to improve national security. "This is not the first time the Marines have played computer games," said one expert. "They purchased 'Doom II' in 1996 to train four-member fire teams." This contract was overseen by the Marine Corps Modeling and Simulation Management office in Quantico. The Pentagon defended its decision to use Doom II, Delta Force, SOCOM, poker, and other games as "network centric warfare" training aids.

Critics also cited the fact a non-American company owns "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."

More Microsoft News

Recommend this Story to a Friend

Follow on Twitter Follow Us on Twitter
Facebook Fan Us on Facebook
Amazon Find the BBook


  Politics Contact FAQs

Copyright 1999-2023 by BBspot LLC
BBspot is a tech satire news and geek humor source, and meant to be funny.
If you are easily offended, gullible, or don't have a sense of humor, we suggest you go elsewhere. Those without the geek gene activated should also avoid this site.