Legal online poker
Full Tilt Poker is back...outside of the US anyway. The site, now run by The Rational Group which also owns and operates industry behemoth PokerStars, is slated to resume real money operations on November 6th. It remains to be seen how similar the relaunched site will be to the wildly popular interface that rabidly loyal fans loved. Even more important is the question of trust. Can the Full Tilt brand re-establish itself after its disastrous collapse in the wake of Black Friday? No doubt online poker players will be happy that the site is now owned by a much more formidable and transparent entity which has demonstrated its commitment to players in the past. Also, indicted former CEO Ray Bitar and equally loathesome former board member Howard Lederer will no longer have anything to do with the company. Poker players can vote at our Full Tilt Poker Poll. If Full Tilt can reclaim even a modest portion of its former player base it will be a force to be reckoned with in this growing industry, and be well positioned to re-enter the US market once online poker is legalized here.
Its clear that the federal government is not going to act decisively (or at all) on the issue of online poker legislation. With the presidential election looming and the economy in the doldrums, online poker is not important enough to get the attention of congress. Combine that with all of the competing interests jockeying for position and looking for their cut and you have a recipe for inaction. We at ameripoker.com holds the view that smart, incremental progress towards nationally legalized online poker can start in Nevada. The public stands to benefit from the protections built into the proposed rules that will govern Nevada poker. The large casino operators are aware of the opportunities and will most definitely follow Nevada's lead.