Hundreds of US online poker players generate income by playing online poker on a daily basis. And, with three of the leading online poker sites catering to American players currently in lock down mode, the lives and incomes of the American online poker players have been drastically affected.
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The three US online poker sites accepting American deposits that were shut down are PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker. The sites were closed as a result of the US government seizing them for money laundering and violating US online gaming laws.
Cory Albertson is one example of US online poker players affected by the exit of PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker. Albertson is a freelance writer in Austin, Texas and has been playing No Limit Hold’Em online for almost eight years now. Although, Albertson has been known to lose at poker, he has also won pots as big as $75000 at a time which needless to say has helped to create a comfortable boost to his income. Cory Albertson used to play poker on PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker which have now been shut down due to their involvement in online bank fraud and money laundering. The US government has also seized several accounts held by the sites that had the money of their players.
Many people whose lives are now affected due to the shutdown on Black Friday are still bewildered and in shock. Jonathan Wein, who runs a business teaching players how to play poker online, claims that the poker community was aware that there were issues but did not expect a black-out overnight. For ordinary US poker players like Jonathan Wein, the closure of three online poker sites accepting deposits from US poker players comes as a blow to their business model overnight. The US government had passed the UIGEA in 2006 and the accused poker giants still claim that since poker is a skill based game, it is not valid to have this “act” applied to poker.
Once the law was passed it became difficult for websites to accept money from US players and pay them back and hence many poker companies quit the US market. Some others like PokerStars, Absolute Poker as well as Full Tilt Poker served US players from overseas. The approach seemed to work for some time until the US government discovered that these poker companies were using fake online merchant sites to deal with the players indirectly.

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