Is it Legal to Play Online Poker in the U.S.A? Absolutely, Positively Yes!
The passing of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) in 2006 as part of the Port Securities bill, has led to confusion, fear and ultimately anger among U.S. Poker players. It appeared that the government was once again sticking it’s nose where it did not belong and they seemed to be violating the very rights of which this country was built on and hold dear. Many online poker rooms were forced to leave the U.S. and take up roots elsewhere.
U.S. Poker players are not liable in any way, although the poker site may be liable for accepting funds or wagers associated with illegal Internet gambling. This means that the poker site is solely responsible and in no way will you be in trouble for playing online poker.
There are many Texas Holdem poker rooms available to USA players and most of the world’s top players are from the U.S. If you are worried about whether or not you will be able to make a deposit on a reputable poker site, don’t be. There are many different options available to U.S. players to make a deposit onto an online poker site. Many of the best U.S. Poker sites accept bank drafts and credit cards. Most however accept deposits through the use of online payment processors. U.S. poker sites will list their methods of deposit and payment so it is important that you investigate this before hand.
Why was the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) passed? Because the U.S. government wasn’t collecting any taxes on any gambling money. It is likely however, that online poker will eventually be licensed and regulated in the U.S.A. Regulated or not, some of the best U.S. poker sites still cater to U.S. poker players!