Exactly, think of all the revenue going overseas. People will find a way to gamble. Why not keep that money in the USA.I think people should be able to use their money anyway they want, I love poker. They should worry about bigger things online than poker. Cannot wait for them to allow it again.
It's complicated. You've got the Federal Wire act, Sheldon Adelson's funding folks opposed to internet gambling, and each state's take on the issues. It's complicated.
It does not make a lot of sense to me to hinder the online poker community with legality.
#1. It's nobody's business (to determine how someone spends their money is ridiculous).
#2. Online casino gambling, although uncertain of its legal status, is abundant and more clearly fits legislation language.
#3. It's unclear how poker is classified as gambling from a category standpoint, and raffling does not appear to have such an issue. State funded lotteries and gambling entities are everywhere. Is this a moral issue or a "who gets to profit issue?"
The thing regulation should be doing is their job, by supporting the will of the people and ensuring adequate regulation; so poker players can be confident in the game's integrity with effective regulation of accounting, software and programming.