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Online Casinos Still Welcome Players From USA.

The recent Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) is passed by Congress on September 30th. The UIGEA has since also been signed into law by President George W. Bush as part of the SAFE Port Act on Friday, October 13th. The law does not prohibit Internet gambling or placing bets from home, so players are not affected. Although the act outlaws "unlawful gambling transactions" (money transfers) to gambling sites abroad.

It's important to note that while the bill focuses on the transmission of money from the player to the operator of gaming sites, it doesn't make it a crime for an individual to gamble online. American players will still be able to play without fear of prosecution, but many of the reputable gambling sites will no longer accept their wagers.

As a fact of the law online gaming industry is splitted into three camps. There are online casinos and poker rooms that do not accept US-based players, no matter where they reside. Cryptologic-powered casinos stopped servicing US-based players and refunded their money back to the players. Most of the Playtech casinos stopped servicing US residents. The largest online poker room, Party Poker stopped it's US operations. Titan poker and Pacific poker rooms are closed their doors to US players. While other poker rooms like Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars, Absolute Poker, Ultimate Bet and more stay with their US-based poker players.

Another group of online casinos including most Microgaming casinos, Lasseters, Slotland and some others decided to accept wagers from US customers from the most States excluding the residents of following States: Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, Michigan, New York, New Jersey and Wisconsin. Online gambling in these States are prohibited by corresponding State laws. Players from these states are advised not to play at Internet casinos and poker rooms as it's illegal.

However, most privately owned companies continue to work on American market. They are licensed abroad in Kahnawake territory of Canada, Antigua, Isle of Man, Belize and other contries. There is a group of Internet casinos that accept ALL US players. These online casinos offer RealTime Gaming (RTG) software and Playtech.

Tags: US Players, UIGEA, State Exempt.

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