jfg wrote:I don't see how that's my opinion GF. The only opinion I have is that it should be legal. If it were legal, there would be a casino next to every Starbucks and Subway. Why can somebody skirt the law by operating overseas with US players? Playing poker for money in backrooms and houses is illegal, right? Please tell me why it's different when you are playing that game on the computer with real money in the same exact room you'd be playing in live.
Gambling is legal under federal law, it is the states that choose whether to prohibit or regulate it. Some states have laws prohibiting online poker, for example, Washington state has criminalized online gaming and in response Pokerstars stopped allowing players in Washington from playing on their site. In states with no online gambling laws, it is not illegal to gamble online because there are no federal laws against it. These are the states in which Pokerstars, Full Tilt, etc, operate in.
As I said earlier, because there are no federal laws prohibiting online gambling, the people in charge (who feel that we aren't capable of making our own decisions and living with the consequences) made it illegal for the sites to transfer money to and from their US customers through US financial institutions. By not allowing US customers to LEGALLY play on their sites, the sites would have lost an enormous amount of money. They were basically forced to find ways around the laws which is why they're now in so much trouble.
Again, **** the government.