Despite a last minute back door move by a few sneaky politicians in Congress, online poker is still very much alive in the United States. When Congress passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act many of the online poker giants, such as Party Poker felt they had no choice but to cease U.S. operations. Still, other private operators like Poker Stars and Full Tilt, have announced that they are here to stay and will continue to do business as usual.
Business as usual? Not exactly. More business then ever, would be more like it! The companies that have decided to stay have grown by leaps and bounds! Americans have cashed out at the sites that have abandoned the US market and taken their money to the sites that still welcome them. Here are some frequently asked questions of American poker players:
A: Playing online poker in the U.S. is not illegal and never has been. The bill, that was only passed because it was attached to an important port security bill in a shady back room deal, but does not make playing online poker illegal. It simply makes it illegal for U.S. banks to accept online gambling transactions.
A: Absolutely. Some of the most popular and reliable online poker rooms such as Poker Stars, Full Tilt, Poker.com and Absolute Poker are still open to US players.
A: Leading poker room’s attorneys have stated that since poker is a game of skill, they can continue to offer all of its players – both inside and outside the US – with real money games.
A: While there are still many left, Neteller is still the best and most trusted.
Clearly, the internet poker industry has changed a lot over the past month or so. Only time will tell which companies are standing when the dust settles and what the long term outcome seems to be for the online gaming business in the United States. But, one thing is for certain; Americans will continue to play poker and continue to fight for their freedom to do so.