Originally Posted by nevadanick
From the reports I've seen/read so far, the concensus seems to be that gaming/gambling sites will be allowed 'WITHIN THE U.S.'.
It does not say that internet gambling/poker sites that are based outside the U.S. borders will be allowed to operate within the U.S. All they seem to be doing is opening another avenue for tax revenues for the states where sites or players are 'based'.
Don't believe this will open any free-for-all for internationally based sites. Wait till the Indian casinos see how much their revenues drop, just like Vegas and AC have felt the bite from riverboat and Indian casino gambling. Lawsuit City.....
We will also be on the sidelines watching the battles between 50 state legislatures over who gets how much in new tax revenues. I'm sure they already have it all spent before it even starts to flow.
If poker forums were rife with complaints about rake amounts before ... watch this ... Sites need revenue, plus more to pay THEIR U.S. taxes, plus the states want THEIR share for revenues.
This does mean there's nothing stopping international sites such as 888
.com from introducing their poker intrastate or between states that sign interstate deals... then next it will be with canada
... maybe latin america... then, who knows? I want to play against the world, but I know there are plenty of action just from US players (even if I won't be able to fire up a late night/early morning session as easily).
As far as Indian Casinos go... in my idiot locale of Washington State, our games have dried up significantly with many casinos forced to close after UIGEA was passed and the state "criminalized" online poker, incentivized by the significant campaign contributions from Indian Casino lobbyists. You can see this as coincidence if you like, since a major downturn in the economy followed/continued afterward.
If Indian Casinos (and Vegas, LA and AC) want us to pay their high rake and tournament fees, then we need somewhere to get our feet wet, so to speak. Since we can't expect them to profitably offer microstakes at a reasonable rake, they need online poker. Online poker creates better funded, better skilled poker players. How could that be bad for a casino anywhere?