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Online Poker in the U.S. (Yes, it still exists)

by Matt Lessinger |  Published: Jan 25, 2012

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I feel like the current existence of online poker in the U.S. is treated like a dirty little secret. It’s as if we’re scared that, should enough people learn about it, it will inevitably get shut down. Perhaps that’s true, or perhaps the government has just done a great job of scaring us into thinking that it’s true. Naturally, the Big Three sites got all of the media attention when they were shut down by the Department of Justice (DOJ) last year, but there are still several smaller sites operating under the radar, and for now they seem to be going strong. Let’s start with the obvious question: Are these smaller sites legal? According to Nelson Rose and Preston Oade, who are both poker players and prominent lawyers, the simple answer is, “yes.” Unless you live in a state such as Washington or Kentucky where online poker is specifically prohibited, ...


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