Just about everybody who plays poker, especially online poker, asks the question “Is online poker legal?” at some point in their poker playing career. This is a simple question, but the answer can be about as complicated as putting together a 10,000 piece jigsaw puzzle.
Is Online Poker Legal?
At the time that this was published, playing online poker or participating in any internet gambling is not illegal. The 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act is a very hot topic right now. However, there are other laws in place that have attempted to restrict US poker players from playing online poker games by making laws prohibiting financial transactions to internet gambling websites. I will discuss these on this page.
Legal US Online Poker
If you’re looking to play it safe in regards to online poker in the US, then you might want to find legal US poker sites to play at. A site named Duplicate Poker was very successful at attaining a certain level of legality within the United States as a skill gaming website. Unfortunately, the 2008 economy of the United States was too much for the investors to handle and, after getting their 250,000th sign up, Duplicate Poker closed.
Duplicate Poker was a site where players play against other players at different tables. The catch is that your opponents receive the exact same cards and play the exact same hands as you do, except for against different opponents. The player who profits the most in that hand playing those specific cards, wins the money.
Online Poker Legal Videos
I want to point you to some videos that I have placed on this website. I know that I don’t like to be bored by a whole bunch of literature and I am sure neither do you. Nobody reading this wants to wade through a bunch of complicated legal language in order to decipher its meaning. Without further adue, the videos…
J Todd on the Unlawful Internet Gambling Act Part I (1:47)
J Todd on the Unlawful Internet Gambling Act Part II (3:49)
J Todd’s Funny Video About “Mr Bill” (Bill Frist) (3:14)
J Todd’s Funny Video About the “CDD Disease” Running in the Senate and House (3:24)
Senator Barney Frank Notices Senates Concern With Gambling and the GDP (4:13)
Ron Paul vs. Congress: Don’t Regulate the Internet (2:19)
Shelley Berkley’s 1 Minute Speech on Attaching Unlawful Internet Gambling Bill to Defense Bill (1:17)
Shelly Berkley’s 3 Minute Speech on Attaching Unlawful Internet Gambling Bill to Defense Bill (2:47)
Now that you’ve viewed at least some of these videos, you are more prepared to read articles that directly affect the internet gambling industry, including online poker.
Online Poker Legal
I have selectively chosen articles dealing with the question “Is online poker legal” that I feel deserve to be mentioned. These articles are factual and I have tried to avoid opinion and editorial articles. But before you read these, I encourage you to read more about the Poker Players Alliance and just what they are doing.
If that wasn’t enough for you, just do a search for “online poker legal” in Google news. This way, you can be certain that the information you are receiving is up to date, although you can’t be certain of its accuracy.