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A question that I am frequently asked that seems to be on a lot of people’s minds is: is is legal to play online poker in the US?

The answer is really that no one seems to know! This is not really the answer that most people want to hear, but as of right now, that is the only real true answer. There are no existing laws in place that directly address whether or not playing internet poker is legal. Some states are actually trying to pass laws that would make playing online poker a crime of some sort, but they have been defeated and not passed so far.

The only real law in place pertaining to internet gaming is the Wire Act which only makes it a crime to be in the “business” of taking wagers. This act is horribly outdated and does not address the customers of online gaming sites in any way.If you are playing online poker, you really do not have much to worry about. That is the only real logical conclusion that can be drawn at this point.If you own an online poker site, you are engaged in the business of gambling and may have a problem. Thus, most online poker sites are not stationed in the US!

What has some internet poker sites in an uproar, is the 2006 passage of law that makes it illegal for banks or financial institutions to transfer money to gambling sites. Clearly, the focus is on the owners of the sites themselves, and the banks; not the players.The result of this, is that some sites, including Party Poker are no longer accepting wagers (deposits) from US players for fear of legal ramifications that may or may not ever be enforced.

What we players of internet poker the US MUST DO (and there are millions playing in the US every day!) is support the sites that continue to support US players. These sites include: PokerStars,Full Tilt, Bodog, PlayersOnly, SportsBook Poker, and Carbon Poker

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