• Playing Poker Online - Can it be Legal?



    The recent television exposure poker has enjoyed recent years has taken the legality of internet poker to the minds of many people.  Can it be legal to play poker on the net?   We have gathered all the info that we could find including court rulings on the subject.

    A blunder a lot of people make is always to compare bandar bola poker to sports betting or games of random chance.  Poker is just a game of skill and while chance does factor in, it is not the deciding factor in the future success or failure of an internet poker player.  Its my eventually be treated as games of chance, but then again it might not.  There has been no legal precedent for this.  There has never been anyone sentenced, convicted, brought to trial, as well as charged for playing internet poker online.  This is not to say that it can not happen in the future.

    Playing Poker Online - Can it be Legal?


    According to a leading authority on gambling law, Professor I. Nelson Rose:" no United States federal statute or regulation explicitly prohibits Internet gambling, either domestically or abroad."   The Wire Act is what most people think makes online poker illegal.  This is what it says "Whoever being engaged in the commercial of betting or wagering knowingly runs on the wire communication facility for the transmission in interstate or foreign commerce of bets or wagers or information assisting in the placing of bets or wagers on any sporting event or contest, or for the transmission of a line communication which entitles the recipient for money or credit consequently of bets or wagers, or for information assisting in the placing of bets or wagers, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned less than couple of years, or both." Rose also continues on to express "The first element of the Wire Act, says that the statute applies simply to someone involved in the business of betting or wagering'(not to a standard player)."

    There are many ways you can interpret The Wire Act, but only underneath the broadest interpretation would make playing online internet poker illegal.  In many peoples opinion it is not against what the law states for US residents to play internet poker online.  In Sept. 2006 congress passes legislation which makes it a crime for an economic institution to transfer money to an on line gambling site.  This is why you can't use your bank card to fund your account.  The bill did not address playing poker on the net in virtually any way.


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