He did it. As expected, President Bush today sign the dotted line banning online gambling. What am I supposed to do now? Read a book? Leave the apartment? Get real...
PartyPoker has already stopped taking bets from American players (read the official press release here)! It allows you to login to the site, but does not let you enter any cash games. You are able to take out the cash in your account only if it exceeds $100, but only in the form of a check.
PokerStars announced today they would continue taking U.S. bets saying the U.S. gaming ban does not cover poker. In addition, I received emails from UltimateBet, FullTilt & Bodog indicating they were "Business As Usual".
PartyPoker's withdrawal is surprising considering the hurdles the ban must still pass. The ban clearly violates U.S. agreements with the WTO. Also, the government has 270 days to write regulations and start enforcement. U.S. banks and other credit card issuers can be restricted easily. But third parties outside U.S. jurisdiction — notably a company called NETeller — take electronic transfers from banks and pass them to gambling sites. How do you stop them?
I have a feeling this story is not over just yet. Voice your outrage & send a letter to your local representative by clicking here. Or sign the online petition against the ban.