Will online poker return to the United States? The question is not will it return, but when and where? In 2003 amateur Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker and Judi Online and started the explosion of online poker. In 2006 George W. Bush signed into law the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA). This did not make it illegal to gamble online, it made it illegal for poker or gambling websites to process transactions through financial institutions.
On April 15, the day that has become known to the poker community as Black Friday, owners of Full Tilt Poker, Poker Stars and Absolute Poker were indicted for violating the UIGEA. All but a few small sites stopped offering internet poker to Americans.
Poker is not a game of chance. Although there is luck involved, there is also a significant amount of skill involved. Decisions must be made based on the information at hand, and thus winning a hand of poker is based on skill and luck combined. This is the basis of argument that poker should not be included with games of chance.
Recently, the Department of Justice seemed to agree. The have stated the Interstate Wire Act of 1961 does NOT include poker and only refers to sports betting.. This gives states the right to legalize a wide range of games for the internet without violating the wire act.
Nevada regulators have adopted a set of poker rules and begun accepting applications for intrastate online poker. Nevada will oversee an intrastate system that will allow it’s residents and visitors to play online poker.
Rep. Joe Barton’s (R- Texas) mission is consumer protection. His bill, Internet Gambling Prohibition, Poker Consumer Protection, and Strengthening UIGEA Act of 2011 (H.R. 2366) will create an …