The final of the World Series of Poker (WSOP), which was held last week at the Rio, witnessed several old and young professional poker players. Unfortunately, the game has been driven to the back seat in the US because of its unfriendly online poker gaming laws. US players are finding it increasingly difficult to gain access to legal online poker services, especially after the recent federal crackdown on top online poker giants Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars, and Absolute Poker. While PokerStars was quick to refund US poker players, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker are yet to issue refunds.

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American online poker players, therefore, are forced to play at unregulated online poker sites or at land casinos with poker rooms or play at Yahoo and Facebook. Fortunately, the Internet is a great place for learning poker. Four of the seven players who won the Main Event of the WSOP are non US players who learned how to play poker online. They are Joe Hachem of Australia, Peter Eastgate of Denmark, Jonathan Duhamel of Canada, and Heinz of Germany.

Doyle Brunson, who is 78 years old, was received warmly when he participated in the induction ceremony to the Poker Hall to Fame. When the celebrations came to an end, the three Main Event final players took their seats with Pius Heiz, a 22-year-old college student from Germany, as one of them.

Brunson learned how to play the game in Texas and ended up at the high stakes tables of Las Vegas. Heinz learned the game online from his house in Cologne in Germany. One of the sponsored players at PokerStars, Heinz spends most of this leisure playing poker tournaments online. While Brunson always wears his cowboy hat, Heinz wears a hoodie.

Bruson won his first World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets in 1976, having cashed at 34 tournaments and earning over $2.9 million in the course of a poker career of over 35 years. Heinz won over $5.715 million in the WSOP Main Event. The second of Brunson’s two Main Event titles came 12 years before the birth of Heinz in 1977.

Currently, efforts are being made to legalize and regulate the online gambling poker industry in the US. WSOP owners Caesars Entertainment Corp. are the leading advocates of the legalization and regulation of the online poker industry. The company has the support of leading gaming providers such as Boyd Gaming Corp, MGM Resorts International, and Fertitta Interactive

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