Monday, October 02, 2006

This hullabaloo over the Internet “Online Gambling is bad” Law seems to have struck the online poker community hard. Party has already waved the white flag, Pacific waved it as well (but nobody noticed). Other sites have taken to issuing press releases and panicked letters to their depositors saying, in essence, “Please don’t ask for your money back”.

Now my opinion isn’t as useful or influential as Bill’s or Iggy’s or Pauly’s, but I try to view these situations as “opportunities”, so bear with me while I talk out loud about the potential benefits.

1) Sites need to promote “Deposit into our site NOW so you can avoid the lockdown!” All news stories seem to focus on the “you can still withdraw money, you just can’t deposit for the purposes of betting”. If I were FTP or PokerStars, I would pound this home offering HUGE bonus opportunities with severe raking requirements.

2) There are also big opportunities for money laundering schemes as well. For example, a Canadian-based bank can deal freely with the online gambling sites. Look for a rush on Canadian (and Mexican) post office boxes. I would suspect some foreign entrepreneur is probably already selling access (via bogus overseas addresses) to degenerate US gamblers.

3) Here’s a scenario. Let’s say (based in, say, Aruba or even Canada) is offering freeroll tournaments if you have a minimum of a $50 credit balance at, say, (a site where you can buy teddy bears). You get that by paying $55 for a $5 bear, and you have a credit in your account of $50. Now you’re qualified for a freeroll poker tournament where the prize is a funded account at for $50. We pay all ten seats the same. Remember, you spent the money on a teddy bear, so you’re not depositing money in a gambling account… Anyway, after a certain time frame, you can withdraw money from equal to your credit amount at while we send two larger teddy bears from to relieve the credit balance.

Since is an overseas operation, you can withdraw money from it freely (or so they tell us). Since you received three cuddly teddy bears for your $75, your money didn’t “technically” go to the gambling site. If anyone implements such a view, I get a cut. If it’s illegal in any way, shape, or form, I don’t know anything about it.


At 7:50 AM, Anonymous free poker online said...

I agree with the legislation which aims to ban credit cards as a payment method for online gambling of any sort... and i think it should be enforced worldwide – not just in America. In fact, gambling with a credit card should be banned full stop. Not just on the internet. It’s a no brainer when you consider you are placing backing the outcome of an uncertain event with somebody else’s money. Chance and credit do not mix well in my opinion, and continuing to allow it would only contribute further in negatively affecting the high levels of personal debt many citizens today find themselves in. I do however, think that the prohibition won't work; or at least it won’t be received well amongst gamblers - I mean what’s the point in banning a credit card payment made on an online poker game, for example, but continuing to allow online sports betting? Slightly hypocritical, no? I mean how can you allow someone to participate [with or without a credit card] in online horse racing betting, but not put any money on a hand of texas hold’em poker? both activities involve a large degree of chance, and neither are guaranteed to yield financial return.
What really infuriates me however, is that the minority of irresponsible gamblers [those paying with someone elses money!] have now ruined the fun of online betting for everyone else - those like me who pay with money they actually have in their bank!!
At least for the Americans there is always the free online poker games!


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