Originally Posted by Thewebmaster
Will online poker shut down for US players? Quick answer...NO
I believe eventually it will get sorted out in favor of american players, I don't personally think there is enough being done by the pros, they have a lot of fans and a lot of people who would take notice of them if they would get involved more.
I think the big point is to come to an agreement that poker is a game of skill, once that is proved there shouldn't be any problem. Some states ban online poker because it is "gambling" a "game of chance/luck". Once you prove it's a game of skill they would have to lift the ban for online poker.
I saw an argument posted a while ago about a case where the judge stated something like "at the end of the day you can't turn a deuce into an ace". That's the worst statement/argument i've ever heard. It's like saying you can't turn a football into a touchdown/goal, it's how you play it.
Quickest way to get online poker reinstated into the US is to get some televised programs showing that it is in fact a game of skill not luck.
I actually today read a thesis a grad student did titled "Poker is a game of skill". It doesn't even scratch the surface of the real skill, but it shows that basic knowledge of poker strategy
(don't play 25o from UTG) increased results in an amount that was statistically significant. It more shows that people who spent 5 minutes reading a flier with poker strategy is better than a complete beginner, but that still shows that poker is skill. But seriously, how can people claim it's all luck? Of course a single session is determined by luck, but when you play enough you're playing the same hands again and again, the odds
even out. Of course I have a feeling I'm preaching to the choir here .