The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement kingslot96 Act (UIGEA) in the US has incapacitated the operation of most online poker websites. Not only did it push away the possibility of starting an online poker server inside the US, but it made foreign online poker sites close their doors for players in the US. This is an unfortunate, but inevitable, event that US poker lovers have to live with. However, not every hope is lost as there are still a number of US poker rooms available on the internet.
The UIGEA does not specifically state that it is a crime to play online poker if you are a US citizen. As a matter of fact, a part of the bill somewhat follows after the financial bodies and internet merchants mostly used to fund poker activities. Because of this, some foreign online poker websites still accept US-based players. These websites include Full Tilt Poker, Absolute Poker, Poker Stars and Bodog Poker. There are probably more online poker places, such as Western Union poker sites, that are still open to US players, but these four places are the most prominent of all.
Many renowned poker pros advertise Full Tilt Poker, including Chris “Jesus” Ferguson, Howard Lederer, Gus Hansen, Phil Ivey and Mike “The Mouth” Matusow. Full Tilt Poker is not particularly the biggest player out there, but it certainly has a considerable popularity among online poker websites. Both the prizes and user-base are averagely good but not that competitive if compared to more prominent online poker sites like Poker Stars and UB.com.
With over 150,000 active users competing at over 5000 tables at any given time, Poker Stars is one of the most popular online poker websites all over the globe. It’s actually amazing to still have one of the best poker website available for US-based players. Absolute Poker is another one of the big money online poker website that is still open for Americans. The website holds an amazing $1 million leader board and hosts a wide array of tables and tournaments that are definitely worth checking out.