Until recently, the United States was one of the few countries in the world where real money online poker was illegal. However, with the introduction of the COVID-19 pandemic, many unlicensed gaming venues have closed their doors. The result is a severe shortage of live entertainment options. Consequently, avid poker gamers have turned to foreign-based platforms. The legality of online poker is an important debate in the United States.
While a few states have publicly declared that online poker is legal, most states have not. The only real way for a US poker player to play on a legal online poker platform is through foreign-based sites. While some sites do accept US-based players, most do not. This is due to the UIGEA, which outlaws online gambling. In 2006, President Bush signed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) into law. The Act was accompanied by the 1961 Federal Wire Act. It imposes restrictions on transactions to online gambling platforms, which prevents Americans from withdrawing money from overseas sites.
A number of states, however, have been able to provide legal online poker options to their residents. These states are Delaware, New Jersey, Nevada and Connecticut. In 2018, New Jersey and Nevada joined an interstate compact to provide players with shared liquidity. While Connecticut has not joined an interstate compact, lawmakers are open to the possibility of sharing liquidity.
In a December campaign visit to Las Vegas, Biden said that he would not interfere with states’ efforts to expand online gambling. However, he added that he would reverse the White House’s opinion on online poker. However, the newly elected administration has yet to announce any plans to appeal the decision.
Online poker is currently legal in several other countries. A number of Caribbean Sea countries have also made online poker legal. The most popular online poker sites are PokerStars, Flutter, Mohegan Sun and DraftKings. Some sites even offer free money play for beginners. These free games allow players to test their skills and develop their game without spending any money.
Some online poker sites also offer a variety of promotions and bonuses. These promotions are especially helpful for new players. In addition, some sites offer a heads-up display. This is helpful for analyzing hands and assessing opponents. Moreover, some sites allow players to play multiple tables at once. Some online poker websites also allow players to track their hand histories.
The majority of US poker players avoid converting funds to a foreign currency. This is due to the fact that the United States government has little control over foreign-based platforms. In addition, some sites convert funds at a lower premium than banks. This means that players do not have to worry about rounding issues. Moreover, these platforms do not have to pay interest on players’ bankrolls. Moreover, they can accept payments in a variety of currencies.
Connecticut has not regulated online poker yet, but lawmakers are willing to work with other states to share liquidity. While no operators have yet set up shop in the state, they are likely to in the near future.