PlayCasino.org has delivered a report stating that the conditions in the US are now ideal for the legalization of the online poker industry. In other words, the future of online poker in the US might not be as gloomy as online poker players foresee.
The US online poker community was shocked and enraged when the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) seized the domain names of Full Tilt, Absolute, UB.com, and Full Tilt. The executives, founders, and operators of these online poker rooms were charged with a number of crimes including bank fraud, unlawful online gambling, and money laundering.
Recently, Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars came to an agreement with the Department of Justice (DOJ), according to which they would refund the deposits of all their US online poker customers and stop permitting US players to play real money poker at their sites. UB.com and Absolute Poker are still allowing their existing US poker players to play real money poker, but have blocked all deposits and withdrawals because they are currently in the process of receiving legal advice.
PlayCasino.org, which has been analyzing the situation differently, says that the chances for legalizing and regulating the online gambling industry are much more at present than ever before. The online poker industry was close to getting legalized at the close of 2011 with Senator Harry Reid pressing for the approval of a pro-poker bill. Blacking out US online poker by showing three prominent online poker companies the door makes it easier for US land casinos to get their online gambling products ready to compete effectively with large offshore online gambling companies.
The passage of Reid’s bill was deliberately slowed down because US casinos felt that they were unable to compete with offshore online gambling providers. Thanks to the federal government, the largest online poker providers of the world have now withdrawn from the US market, giving US casinos the much-awaited chance to monopolize the market.
Besides, the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) has intensified its struggle for the legalization of online poker. A large number of online poker players, most of them old members of Full Tilt, PokerStars, and Absolute Poker, have now joined the fight for their rights to play poker safely and legally. Supporters of online poker have now begun raising their voices higher. All these factors, according to PlayCasino.org, indicate that the chances for legalization of US online poker are now stronger than ever.