Online Poker Legalization

okaygrace By okaygrace, 22nd Nov 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Discussion on the state of online poker and why it should become legal in the United States.


Over the course of the past ten years, the game of poker has grown in tremendous popularity worldwide. The online poker industry has been partly responsible for this dramatic increase in the number of poker players worldwide, and is today a multi-billion dollar a year industry.

The online poker industry has been a constant political focus over the past five years ever since President Bush signed into law the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006, which essentially made it illegal for online gambling sites to perform any transactions with customers from the United States.

The passage of that act put a huge damper on the online poker industry and the entire industry as a whole for several years. Throughout the rest of the world online poker is widely accepted as a legal form of gambling, but the United States has refused to allow its citizens to take part in it.

Despite the UIGEA act, most online poker sites had continued to accept players from the United States up until April 2011, when the 3 largest online poker operators were shut down by the Department of Justice. Since then, the online poker industry has become a tumultuous one that has suffered heavy losses and caused longstanding uncertainty with players worldwide, especially in the United States.

There is hope however as currently Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), whose proposed bill to legalize online poker is one of two gaming bills currently before Congress, is optimistic that some form of internet poker legislation can be approved during this term in office, which is within the next 12 months.

The rest of the world is open-minded enough to allow its citizens to play online poker, so it is troubling to me why the “freest” nation in the world won’t allow its citizens to play a simple game on the internet.

There is really no reason why online poker should not be legalized as it is clearly a game of skill, unlike any other casino-related game out there. The citizens of the United States clearly have a desire to play the game and the tax revenues that would come from its legalization would be very substantial, which is what the United States desperately needs.


Legalization, Online, Poker, Politics

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