the sites were basically forced into band fraud and money laundering in order to continue allowing players to cash out. despite the fact that online poker is not illegal, the government felt the need to crack down the sites awhile ago by making it illegal for banks to accept checks from those sites. the sites were forced to find ways around it in order to stay in business in the US and now are being punished severely for it.
this is severely screwing over a ton of professional poker players who support themselves and their families by playing online. i got myself through college playing poker online and my best friend and housemate spent a ton of time getting very good at the game and still plays. he made money coaching players, making training videos, and playing himself, and now not only does not have that as income but has to worry about whether he'll get a significant amount of money that he had in online accounts. he was already planning on quitting and going to med school, but the fact that this happened now is going to make it much more difficult on him.
the fact that the goverment feels that this is a priority with all the problems we have now is mind-blowing. they could legalize it, regulate it, tax it, and make a ton of money off it, but i don't see any reason why they should go to these lengths to end it completely and ruin A LOT of lives in the process.
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