Can I Still Play Poker In The US After The Events Of Online Poker’s Black Friday?
Sunday, 17. April 2011

The answer to this question is an unequivocal “YES.” For those yet unaware of the events of Friday, April 15th, U.S. federal prosecutors unsealed a sweeping indictment against the founders of PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, Absolute Poker, Ultimate Bet Poker and a number of payment processors. For more information regarding the indictments, see Disaster Strikes PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, Ultimate Bet, Absolute Poker And The Entire Online Poker Community.

While the recent indictments do not necessarily help the cause as regards the legalization and regulation of online poker in the U.S., it is not a direct attack on it either. The charges laid out by federal prosecutors were not for facilitating online poker or gambling; rather, they were for money laundering and bank fraud. The companies were targeted for utilizing fraudulent methods in an effort to process player transactions; transactions that amounted to a total reaching into the billions of dollars. For example, it is alleged that Raymond Bitar, the founder of Full Tilt Poker, created a number of bogus online retail companies (including phony online pet supply stores and online flower shops) in order to help in facilitating credit card transactions.

While the prognoses for the companies named in the indictment are nothing short of grim, the fact of the matter is that there remain a number of other options out there for US poker enthusiasts looking to play online.

Bodog Poker is one of our personal favorites. Bodog Poker is a solid online poker room with fantastic software and a stellar reputation. Bodog Poker is a part of Bodog Entertainment, a digital entertainment and media company that owns a number of online gaming sites. One of the best things about Bodog Poker is that the majority of their players come from their other online gaming operations which makes for many beginner players and some seriously soft competition.

In addition to Bodog Poker, we also recommend the following online poker rooms:

Sportsbook Poker
PlayersOnly Poker
Cake Poker
Carbon Poker

Happy gaming!!!