The online poker gaming community in the US believed that online gambling will disappear from the US when the US federal government implemented the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) in 2006. While this law did not criminalize the act of betting on online poker games, it definitely made it illegal for US banks and financial institutions to process poker-related funds. US lawmakers believed that US citizens will be discouraged from playing poker online because no bank would process their funds.

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Although several prominent online poker companies such as Party Poker and several online payment processors withdrew from the US market after the UIGEA was passed, prominent online poker companies such as Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars, and others stayed back in the US market and devised a wide range of ways to fool US banks into processing poker-related funds so that US poker players could play their favorite games of poker.

The UIGEA, therefore, proved to be a failure. It failed to produce the desired effect of discouraging US players from betting on their favorite games online. In other words, the US poker gaming industry continued to thrive. Over the years, the federal government cracked down on payment processors and gambling operators, in spite of which online poker still did not leave the US.

Recently, PokerSites.com, one of the best reviewers of online poker rooms, stated that, although Black Friday dampened the enthusiasm of US poker players and reduced US poker player traffic to online poker rooms, the number of US viewers at PokerSites.com has increased during the past six months.

Robert Stern, communications director for PokerSites.com, said, “We are seeing more and more people realizing that online gambling is here to stay and are more comfortable accessing online poker now that that US states are legislating to clear up any gray areas. PokerSites.com has been online since 1995 and we have carefully watched the fluctuations and trends of online gambling — and online poker in particular — to always provide players with the latest legal information and to ensure that they always have access to an impartial resource on where the best poker sites are.”

Although Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars, and Absolute Poker are no longer in the US market, US poker players continue playing their favorite game on any site that welcomes US players. In fact, US poker players are spending an estimated sum of $4 billion on online poker every year.

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