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The Effect Of The UIGEA And Online Gambling

The Effect Of The UIGEA And Online Gambling

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For those who enjoy a spot of gambling, particularly online gambling, the letters UIGEA likely cause a spike in blood pressure.  To help poker players of a more traditional vein, UIGEA stands for the Unlimited Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, which was passed way back in 2006.  The online gambling world held its collective breath as it went into effect on June 1, 2010, and waited for the pieces to fall into place in the aftermath.

The immediate aftereffect of the UIGEA’s effect?  Not too much, actually.  When the UIGEA went into effect the poker world’s eyes were pointed in the direction of Las Vegas, which is where the World Series of Poker was taking place.  When the dreaded day came and went, it was reported that nearly 41,000 people were still participating on PokerStars while over 17,000 were gambling at Full Tilt Poker.

The real fireworks didn’t occur until a few months after the enacting of the UIGEA, but the nationwide effect was still somewhat nebulous.  In September, Washington State upheld a 2006 law that makes it a felony to play poker in that state.  However, in New Jersey, the senate passed an Internet gambling bill by a margin of 29-5.  Harry Reid came out in favor of online gambling, but it ultimately died before getting any momentum on Capital Hill.

This being the case, the fact that a prominent Senator came out in defense of online gambling is heartening to those who are a fan of the game.  As of right now it’s still entirely possible to play online poker in the states for those who don’t mind a bit of a hassle, but not in Washington State.

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