Originally Posted by Nick
how many 'casual gamblers', or more importantly - new players (aka fish), will go through all that hassle? If there are no fish left then us poker players won't be able to win money so easily
I take your point, Nick, it could be bad, but not terminal I think. Even if all American players are taken out, they only represent about 40% of the online poker community (depending whose estimates you read).
Not all of that 40% will stop playing, because the keen types will find a workaround such as the one I suggested. Maybe a very high proportion will, because (as Babe says) the financial incentive is certainly there for companies outside of US jurisdiction to build them an off-the-shelf solution. It`s near impossible for any one national government to control the internet, and I could see a situation arising where all a would-be American player has to do is google "poker" to find 100 ways of circumventing the restrictions.