USA online Poker Ban
The online poker ban, which started back in 2006, has hit the American online poker player really hard.
Right away, the iPoker Network and 888 Poker
stopped allowing players from the U.S. to play. This
was a blow, but it did not slow the American online poker
NETeller was seized and many players had their bankrolls in limbo. This was the first major processor shut down, but not the last. All funds were eventually paid, but for some poker players, the wait was too long, and they lost their homes. Most experienced poker players now, make sure they have next to no funds in any payment processor that funds player account from the U.S. Many other players had since forgotten the NETeller experience, and have been caught up in more seizures including the Quicktender seizure.
On April 15, 2011, the United States government seized the Pokerstars, Full Tilt Poker, Ub.com and Absolute Poker domain names, along with many bank accounts. Pokerstars and Full Tilt withdrew from the U.S. immediately, while UB.com and Absolute Poker seemed to continue on as business as usual.
It didn't take long to prove that Pokerstars was the best run online poker room that accepted Americans. Within a couple of weeks, all American poker players were able to make a withdrawal from Pokerstars. Full Tilt Poker, Absolute Poker and UB.com are having problems paying players, including all their players from outside of the U.S.
Over a year has passed since Black Friday. Poker Stars have settled with the DOJ and will be taking over the assets of Full Tilt Poker. Just recently international players were able to make a withdrawal and/or play at Full Tilt Poker. American players will need to file a claim with the DOJ to get their funds. Ub.com and Absolute Poker dollars can now be traded for monopoly money, although no one has yet been willing to give up their monopoly money in exchange for Absolute poker dollars. You almost have to laugh about the situation, because if you don't, you will just continue to be pissed off at something that you have absolutely no control over.
Since Black Friday, two more poker rooms have had their domain names seized. These poker rooms are True Poker and Doylesroom, both of which were already on the decline when they were seized. QuickTender has also been shut down, which was a popular payment processor in the U.S. Right now, poker players should not count the money in their poker accounts or any funds in a payment processor that accepts Americans.
If you are an American citizen and are still interested in playing online poker, then you can follow our American poker link, just remember to keep a relatively small bankroll and something to drink, just in case. There is no chance that you will get paid anything for the chips in your Absolute Poker and Ub.com account. You should keep that in mind when you are racking up a large bankroll at any particular U.S facing poker room.
List of Banned Online Poker Sites for Americans
- Paradise Poker
- Pacific Poker
- iPoker Network
- Cryptologic sites
- Everest Poker
- Prima Network
- Full Tilt Poker
- Ever Leaf Network
- Absolute Poker
- Bet Us
There are many more other smaller poker rooms that do not accept Americans. Right now there is only a small handfull of online poker rooms accepting new American customers.
Most Banned States
Washington state, Louisiana, New York State, Nevada, New Jersey, Kentucky, Delaware and Maryland are the mostly likely states that will be banned by the online poker rooms that you want to play at. If you are from a state that has regulated online poker rooms, such as Delaware, New Jersey or Nevada, we highly recommend that you play in the state regulated poker rooms.