It seems though the acceptance of Online Poker into the US again has moved from an ‘if’ to a ‘when’ as legislation is being rapidly pushed through to allow change as quickly as possible.
When the US first banned poker, the online gambling industry took a big hit, but it did give companies the chance to move into European and new markets more, so playing devils’ advocate to the masses, it may have been a good thing. However, with a surge in news about different states planning to legislate and hundreds of companies turning to free online poker to build up marketable lists, it can only be a matter of time before the US can once again (legally) enjoy online poker for cash.
There is however, one minor thing that stands in the way of a 2012 legislative victory … the fact that this is an election year, and with so many people split on whether to welcome back gambling or continue the ban of it, the perception of taking a side at the current moment could cause votes to be lost – something that neither party will surely be willing to risk.
So in the meantime for our friends over in the US, stick to the free online poker and hopefully it won’t be too long before we get to see you in the online poker rooms again – albeit not at the sites that some of us expected to be at (Full Tilt Poker being shut down and what not).