The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act or better known as the UIGEA was signed into law on October 13, 2006. The UIGEA objective was to stop the transfer of funds from any USA financial institution to a online gambling websites, excluding USA based websites for lotteries and horse racing. As a result, this legislation caused many online poker and sports betting sites to stop accepting players from the United States. The law actually forced many online gambling and poker sites, that were publicly traded, to stop taking players and bets from American players. The sites or companies that were hardest hit were Party Poker (Party Gaming), Paradise Poker (Sporting Bet), Pacific Poker (888), Pokerroom.com (BWIN) The UIGEA was attached to the PORT SECURITY ACT as a last minute maneuver by Senator Bill Frist (rep), Jim Leach (rep), and Robert Goodlatte (rep) in order to try to stop Americans from playing online poker from online. They had no idea how many millions of Americans they upset Bill Frist, who was hoping for the Presidential Nomination was asked to step down from politics. Jim Leach, who was a shoe in for being reelected in Iowa, did not win a few months later in November (thanks to the Poker Players Alliance lobbyist). The sad thing about the UIGEA was it was a law that was really unenforceable. You just cant stop offshore transfers of money from bank wires, checks, Western Union, Money Gram, or pre paid visa cards. The UIGEA hurt the Freedoms of American Poker players who feel they have earned the right to have the freedom to play online poker in their own free time. It should not be the thoughts and controls of a few former Republicans who do not understand the game of online poker to decide what freedoms Americans should enjoy.
You obviously have no clue as to any poker knowledge. Online poker only slightly differs from live poker, namely the abscnse of physical tells. Your claim that online poker is a game of luck is simply out of complete ignorance. You are discounting all the skill and talent of many of the world\'s best players who made their name online. To claim that the online random card generator is \"rigged\" is quite simply, well.....stupid. Most online rakes are much less than brick and mortar casinos.
Your comments are posted in a childish manner and you need to seriously think about your grandios claims before stating them on a public forum. While underage gambling may be a slight problem, I\'m sure that the UIEGA is not doing squat in terms of cutting down on it. The only reason the Republicans put this Act forward was because of the funnel like effect it was having on US citizens income. It is not about skill, compulsive gambling addiction or any of that garbage any of you are talking about. The government is making their decision based on economic reasons. They want people to go to Vegas or somewehre so they can TAX them. Governments like tax. They do not like Stars and Tilt coming in and collecting 10% tax free on all transactions.
Eliminate your dumb biases and start making sense. I hate the UIEGA, as a policy decision it fails to accomplish any of its set out goals. It has obviously brainwashed most of the retarded US population too i fear. Instead they should force the major sites into an ultimatum. Making it either completely illegal for any US citizen to play on these sites or to have all profit recieved from US players to be federally taxed.
Posted on 2011-03-28 11:59:51
While I do agree completely that poker is a game of \"skill\". However, online poker is no such thing. Online poker is a game of luck, online poker sites are completely rigged in favor of enforcing betting to increase rakes. Sites that do this include full tilt poker, poker stars, and absolute poker. Many of which are forbidding American players, this is a great thing in all honesty. A random number generator, used in online poker cannot possibly replicate real world situations. I, for one approve of the UIGEA partially for that purpose. Another reason UIGEA is a great thing is that all of the underage gamblers playing on poker sites will no longer be able to play. Children under the age of 18 will not be able to steal mommy\'s or daddy\'s credit card and spend money on poker sites. While, I do not enjoy having my freedoms restricted in any way this is a positive change for the majority of the people. And, after all that is what the Government\'s intentions should be. I support restricting online gambling in America 100%.
Posted on 2010-01-17 14:22:07
The UIGEA is in effect contradicting the federal laws already in effect with respect to online poker or poker of any kind for that matter. In the first decade of the 20th century, congress concluded that poker in and of itself is not gambling and that simply winning money for a contest of skill is not against federal law. If it had ruled otherwise, games such as bridge and gin rummy would have had to be concluded as being gambling and therefore illegal. Furthermore, the congress concluded that no poker house shall be considered a casino as long as the poker house received no \'rake\' or portion of the pot from each individual game. This is the very reason a typical poker game will require not only the \'stake\' but also a separate \'fee\' paid to the poker house for the right to play in a specific poker game. Typical and legal poker games will charge, for example, $1 as your stake in the game and $.20 as the fee paid to the poker house for hosting the game. This is completely legal according to federal law whether the poker house is on U.S. soil or overseas. It is, however, reasonable for the federal government to attempt to restrict forms of gambling considered to be illegal. For example, betting on horse racing when you reside in a state that does not allow gambling on horse races. Most states do not allow games of pure chance such as roulette or craps. Clearly these games are considered gambling because no particular skill is required or employed while playing these games. On a more practical note, poker is not gambling simply bacause there is virtually no possibility of a \'gambler\' without specific poker skills to survive in a typical poker game among skilled opponents. Indeed, as a poker player myself, I relish seeing a pure gambler sit down at my table and will happily add their stack to mine while they gamble and I play poker. This, what I believe will eventually be ruled as unconstitutional, act is, in reality, an impotent attempt by the government to once again dictate our freedoms to us simply because their greedy little hands aren\'t getting their \'cut\' of the action. Isn\'t is a shame that even our own government is more interested in money than justice and freedom. Perhaps its time we actually do something about this rather than just complaining from the sideline. I always found it strange: we will cross the world to fight for freedom but won\'t cross the street to practice it. VOTE.
Posted on 2010-01-08 08:27:46
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