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PokerStars Will Keep Serving American Customers

Company Says Poker Is a Game of Skill and Won't be Swayed by Congress

Print-icon released a statement on its website today declaring its intentions to keep doing business with customers located in the United States, despite recent federal actions.

The statement reads:

As you are probably aware, the United States Congress recently enacted the Safe Port Act, which contains provisions relating to Internet gambling.

PokerStars has received extensive expert advice from within and outside the US, which concluded that these provisions do not alter the US legal situation with respect to our offering of online poker games.

Therefore, our business continues as before - open to players worldwide including the US. You may play on our site as you did prior to the Act.

PokerStars believes that poker is a game of skill enjoyed by millions of players and we remain committed to providing you a safe and fun environment in which to play. We value your loyalty to PokerStars, and look forward to continuing to serve you with the best online poker experience, as we have for the past five years, 6 billion hands, and 40 million tournaments.

PokerStars is the biggest site to come out and say that it won't allow the federal government to stop it from doing business with Americans. These sites include Full Contact Poker, Full Tilt, Bodog, Doyle's Room, Absolute Poker, and UltimateBet.

Rival PartyPoker, as well as several other sites, quickly released statements after Congress sent portions of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Act to the President to sign via the completely unrelated Safe Port Act. Several sites said they would no longer do business with Americans once George W. Bush signs the Safe Port Act, which may happen as soon as tomorrow.

A collection of their statements can be found here.

To read about how anti-online gambling legislation was attached to the Safe Port Act, click here. To visit's archive of legislative stories, click here.

The sites that decided to stay are even offering deposit bonus to encourage play. Click the following site names to collect the bonuses: Full Tilt, Bodog, Absolute and UltimateBet.

Tags: poker law


almost 8 years ago

very good move by the internet gaming companies


almost 8 years ago

How can you deposit your money? Without going through your bank,credit card,or FirePay.


almost 8 years ago

The development here is that Royal Bank of Scotland (bankers to PS) have stated that if they wish to continue trading with US customers, they need to find another clearing bank who will undertake the transactions.

AS RNS is a big investor in PS, I do n


almost 8 years ago

Play ON!!


almost 8 years ago

This law wont last. Now lets take a step back and decide which sites we can trust with our money once the ban is lifted. Any site which irresponsibly states that they are going to conduct business as usual is obviously only looking after their own interest. Any site which states they are going to get around our laws is no better. As far as I am concerned will never see a dollar of my money again, how can I trust an unregulated site which will actively defy the laws of my country. "There is no honor among theives" This saying needs only needs to apply to me and the other players at the table, not between me and my poker site.


almost 8 years ago

The better question would be how are we going to withdraw our money without the use of a bank!


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