Black Friday Can’t Stop Online Poker in the U.S.
By Matt Kaufman, Rakeback.com Poker News Staff Writer
On April 15th, the online poker world changed dramatically. The United States indicted the operators of the three largest poker sites in the world, and at the time it felt like a crippling blow to our industry.
Two months have now passed since “Black Friday,” and while the landscape of the internet poker world is different than it was before, it is reassuring to see so many sites continuing to provide safe and reliable services to U.S. citizens.
The United States Government will soon learn that regardless of their desire to, it will ultimately be impossible to police the internet.
DoylesRoom, for example, had their domain name seized by the U.S. on May 23rd. It is now nearly a month later, and the government’s actions have done little more than force a domain name change (DoylesRoom now operates at DoylesRoom.ag). DoylesRoom is currently processing deposits, withdrawals, and rakeback payments as usual.
Poker is an American pastime that is legally played in casinos throughout the United States. The position that the same game shouldn’t be offered to citizens while they are in the comfort of their own homes is at worst irrational and at best unsustainable.
It is worth noting that no American law forbids players from participating in online gambling.
For now, players can feel safe on DoylesRoom, Bodog, Cake Poker, Carbon Poker, and many other sites which will continue to provide poker players from the U.S. with the ability to participate in the game they love.
The irresponsible actions of a few will not deter online poker from advancing as a whole. With the 2012 presidential election heating up, it is worth noting that not all U.S. lawmakers believe in regulating personal behavior or games of skill like poker. In fact, the Poker Players Alliance has given Republican contender Ron Paul an “A+” rating.
Despite recent setbacks, it is likely that in the future we’ll look back at Black Friday as little more than a road bump on the path towards licensed and regulated poker in the land of the free.