re: Poker & Unregulated online poker
I appreciate the author's comments and point of view. Of course, we play on all poker sites
at our own risk. Regulation will add a layer of control over an otherwise unmonitored industry in the USA, but it won't ensure safety of your money or promise clean play.
Internal fraud, bankruptcy, collusion. These possibilities will all combine to exist in a post-regulated poker world, albeit at a somewhat lower level of risk. This is true for dealings with any company or industry as history so often reveals to us. See Enron, Bernie Madoff, or the Savings & Loan scandal of the 1980's. Government regulated each of those industries and yet...?
Caveat Emptor, my friends. Play with your head (not over it) and use your best sensibilities in every transaction you enter into. Online poker will be better for regulation in the USA, but please stop short of thinking it will be SAFE when that day comes.