re: Poker & WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON???
For an additonal rake of one cent (.01$) per hand where any US player is sitting at the table. This money would be paid to the US and the site would be exempted from the recent gamming act.
Additionally, any player would be limited to depositing some amount (to be determined) per day, or week, month or year. This could be a percentage of the average bankroll any player has maintainted.
An agency of the US government would certify each site, for a cost. Certification would include verifying a random shuffle and deal, and verifying payouts.
Even at 1 cent per hand, this would cover government costs. There are many millions of hands per day at stake.
Before Party Poker
went out of the US market, I heard the CEO say that there was $185 million per DAY bet there. They raked about 10%.
Even if the rake to the government was 1%, it would barely dent those numbers.
Seek sanity in indulgences.
The alternative would be to illegalize moralizing. Incidently, that would be my prefered method.