Originally Posted by Charade You Are
Bill was introduced on Friday.
RIP pokerstars for US players. The bill would expressly prohibit accepting any form of betting over the Internet without a license, exempting operations outside the U.S. It would require the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network to create a list of illegal offshore Internet gambling operators that would be blocked from receiving transfers from U.S. financial institutions.
I'll take legalized, regulated online poker pretty much however I can get it. That said, the companies running the sites had better be as committed to fair poker as Stars and Tilt. So much depends on a good interface, a solid program, a clever RNG and a rigorously honest operator. (Yeah, I know, the jury is out on Tilt until they get our money back. But I am relatively certain that will happen. I doubt I will ever see a dime from UB/AP.) As we who have been playing for some time know, the potential for crookedness and incompetence is great. There have been a lot of crooked sites over the years. Some started out crooked, some had programs that let people cheat from the inside. There have also been a fair number of sites whose interface makes play difficult and frustrating.
Fingers are crossed here. I already wrote my congresswoman, but she's on a different committee.