Playing Poker Online If You Are American

Playing Poker Online If You Are American

Many people have tried it. Your neighbor, your teacher, your father, your son, or your friend may have tried playing online poker. Some have lost money, some have broke even, some have made snack money, some have made a living at it, and some people have gotten wealth doing it. I’m talking about online poker, specifically Texas Hold’em. But what you might not have heard or fully understand is the recent law that was passed in America. The UIGE Act (Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement) was passed into law in the fall of 2006.

The law is trying to cut off access to gambling sites by making it a criminal offense for the betting and gambling industry to accept financial transactions from you. Playing poker online is not illegal for you (except the state of Washington due to prior laws), and you will not be thrown in jail or have fines imposed on you for doing so. You can still transfer money to and from sites even with this law in place! While some payment processors have left the market such as NETeller and FirePay, there still remain many processors that are able to deposit and cash out from internet gambling sites.

A major processor that still remains thru all of this is ePassporte (www.epassporte.com). They function just like NETeller did in the sense that you load money into your “virtual VISA” account and then from there can make purchases and spends into gambling websites or purchases from internet retailers. You …