Friday, April 22, 2011
But here's a question I have. If the USA had a regulated environment where online poker was legal, would we even be seeing this sort of alleged criminal activity? I don't think so, and that's what bothers me about all this -- the United States would rather pass laws like the UIGEA and crack down on online poker instead of set up a system where people could operate online poker businesses according to rules and licensing requirements, a system where taxes are collected. Poker players have been supporting this idea for a long time.
If you had a system like that set up, people could deal only with legitimate, law-abiding online poker operators, and then the crooks and scoundrels would all be out of business! But that's too simple a solution for these folks in power down there, who would rather hand down indictments and shut down online poker sites instead of create an environment where it could legally operate and where taxes on winnings could be paid.
Anyway, the real losers in all this are the online players, particularly everyone who plays professionally or relies on poker for an income. Now people are contemplating their options, like moving to Europe or Costa Rica or the Bahamas. Or why not even move to CANADA, where even PartyPoker is still in business? (PartyPoker left the USA market when the UIGEA was passed in 2006.)