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Online poker not as illegal in US as many think

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A lot of players have been very concerned over the UIGEA legislation and that looming date of June 1st. Players have been led to believe that the June 1st date was the end of the road for online poker players in the US. However, this is not the case and many players will be relieved to know that the changes aren't quite as intense as they have been led to believe. In fact, the changes do not make playing online poker a crime for players at all. The focus will be on the payment processing companies. They are the ones actually being targeted.

No more payments to be processed

The UIGEA focuses on the payment processing with the online poker sites. The UIGEA makes it illegal for payment processing companies to process those poker payments and the companies who are caught doing so will face possible fines and prosecution. While this does put a damper on online poker playing for those in the US, it is not quite as bad as many where assuming. It has already been difficult for those in the US to fund their online poker accounts and now these players will find it even more difficult. In this way, the legislation does put a dark cloud on online poker. However, it could be worse and there are still plenty of options available for those looking to deposit funds into their online poker accounts.

What does this mean for online poker players?

These changes mean that players will have to look harder to find ways of funding their online poker accounts. However, there are still options available to them. There are plenty of off shore deposit methods US players will still be able to use. The UIGEA legislation may have made it more difficult for players, but they have not made it illegal. There are many players who have been under the assumption that online poker became illegal on June 1st. Many players will be glad to know that this legislation focuses on the payment processing of online poker payments, not the actual playing.

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