Will online poker return to the United States? The question is not will it return, but when and where? In 2003 amateur Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker and started the explosion of online poker. In 2006 George W. Bush signed into law the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA). This did not make it illegal to gamble online, it made it illegal for poker or gambling websites to process transactions through financial institutions.
On April 15 2011, the day that has become known to the poker community as Black Friday, owners of Full Tilt Poker, Poker Stars and Absolute Poker were indicted for violating the UIGEA togel hongkong. All but a few small sites stopped offering internet poker to Americans.
Poker is not a game of chance. Although there is luck involved, there is also a significant amount of skill involved. Decisions must be made based on the information at hand, and thus winning a hand of poker is based on skill and luck combined. This is the basis of argument that poker should not be included with games of chance.
Recently, the Department of Justice seemed to agree. The have stated the Interstate Wire Act of 1961 does NOT include poker and only refers to sports betting.. This gives states the right to legalize a wide range of games for the internet without violating the wire act.
Nevada regulators have adopted a set of poker rules and begun accepting applications forstate online poker. Nevada will oversee an intrastate system that will allow it’s residents and visitors to play online poker.
If you like to take a drink every now and then, leave your money at home if you plan to do your drinking in a casino. I’m serious. Empty your pocketbook, your wallet, and leave all cash, credit cards and chequebooks at home. Take whatever money you intend to spend on drinks, tipping and whatever pocket change you intend to lose and leave the rest behind.
Pessimistic? Not at all. Realistic more like. You may well experience a win after a boozy night out with your friends and be lucky enough to catch a 25 minute roll at a hot craps table. Hang on to that story because it is as short-lived as it gets if you continually drink and gamble. The two simply do not mix.
Leaving your cash at home is a bit drastic, but preventative measures for drastic behaviour is relative and necessary. If you play to win, then don’t drink and play. If you can afford to throw away your money without a worry, then drink all the free booze your stomach can handle, but don’t take credit cards and chequebooks to throw into the mix of chasing losses after your drunken brain loses everything!
Let me take this one step further. Don’t drink and then jump online to play in your favourite casino either. I love to drink from the comfort of my home, but because I’m linked up through Neteller, Firepay and have credit cards at my fingertips, I can not drink and gamble.
Why? Even though I don’t drink a lot, when I drink, it’s definitely enough to cloud my better judgment. I gamble, so I don’t drink when gambling. If you are more of a drinker, don’t gamble at the same time. The two mix up for a ferocious, and costly, cocktail.