But 48 hours ago, any American could point their browser at www.pokerstars.com (amongst other websites) and within minutes be playing poker at stakes from pennies to porsches
Not anymore. Visit that website and one learns that the domain has been seized by the FBI. Players from civilised countries that value personal freedom can still play (in the case of pokerstars, by visting www.pokerstars.eu)
Well, maybe. But that makes not a jot of difference to the real issue here - a toxic combination of protectionism and puritanism once again stifles life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Never trust a woman named Janice. I learned that when I was a lot younger.
Oh, and fuck the US for thinking it’s police of the world, again. Most of the people charged have not set foot in the US since the poker boom. These sites were offshore and frankly none of your business.
Yeah, but why does it have to be illegal? Because taxes don’t get paid on the money? I don’t think the USA is overly oppressive like the OP seems to imply but if I want to gamble my money (or not, they do have free poker too) on the internet why can’t I? Why is it any business of the government?
It’s illegal because a bunch of assholes in Congress made it illegal. I have no interest in playing internet poker, but I’m with the OP on this one. First they came for the on line poker players, and I didn’t speak up because I’m not an on line poker player…
Seems silly to blame the DOJ. Its not their fault online poker is illegal in the States. Blame Congress and campaign to get the laws changed.
I don’t have any problem with online poker being legalized, but given that it is illegal, I don’t think the DOJ should turn the other way while banks take proceedes from illegal activity. Especially the “flout the law for a fee”, banks shouldn’t be allowed to help launder money, even if the activity that generated the money was largely harmless.
My question is this: what about states like California, where poker is completely legal? If I want to connect to a website to participate in an activity that is legal both where I am and where the website is, how is that a problem? Why is the government even getting involved?
Eh, people who do a job enjoy it when they’re successful. In general we want the DoJ to do their upmost to enforce the law, not spend a lot of time musing on the relative worth of those laws. Thats the legislatures job.
Giraffe, internet gambling is illegal in the US, which includes CA. The legality of poker isn’t really relevant.