Originally Posted by Joe03681
...so what are the chances that the ban will actually pass??
See the post directly above yours. This is America. It basically comes down to who can throw the most money at the politicians. Sad, yes, but true.
Originally Posted by beardyian
...by asking credit card companies to pass on information...
Unfortunately, as I have read and understand it, over 99.9% of US based credit issuing facilities (e.g banks, credit unions, etc) will not allow you to use your credit card for online gaming.
For example, any online poker room or even at NetTeller, their merchant IDs have some type of classification so that credit card companies can deny them. I've personally experience this. So that leaves us with wire transfers or direct checking account transfers (although I haven't tried the latter). I don't believe the online ban is coming from the big four (V/M/Amex/Disc) otherwise no cards would ever work. But even at the lower institution level, they are refusing the charges to avoid fraud claims and changebacks that cost them too much money.
So this basically comes down to we all pay for it (by loss of credit card convenience) when these idiots out there charge $2000 to their credit card, don't know what they are doing, lose it all, then cry foul to the card company and get their money back.
*** JD has now left his soapbox.
P.S. - If any of the idiots mentioned above are here reading this, of course you know I didn't really mean it. You can't help that you're stupid. I just wish stupid was painful.