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Steve R

Why US online poker players are playing with fire

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Online poker in the United States has been a sordid affair dating back to the passage of the UIGEA law in 2006. What started as a minor inconvenience –the loss of several online poker room and slower deposit and withdrawal times—gradually became worse and worse. In the aftermath of UIGEA poker players saw their options dry up, and the hoops they had to jump through places higher and higher. This process –which I will liken to Mitt Romney’s “self-deportation” idea, where people’s lives are made so miserable that they voluntarily leave—continued to get worse right up until Black Friday; at which point it went off the cliff.

In today’s online poker world players no longer only have to deal with two-week waiting periods to receive a withdrawal, or having their credit card declined when they go to deposit, or even worrying that their current online poker room may choose to leave the US market. In today’s poker world US players still participating in online poker games are playing with fire, and when you play with fire it’s only a matter of time before you get burned...

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