It was in September 2006 when a new law in the United States was passed. According to it, there would be no more foreign gambling companies that will be able to run their operations in the country. However, based on the opinion of the World Trade Organization, this should not be considered as something lawful. After all, this will technically prevent U.S. players from gambling both online and offline. It also doesn't help that the United States is already banning different forms of online transfers and wallets, most notably Click2Pay and Neteller.
Nevertheless, if there's a will, there will always be a way. Somehow, there are a number of alternatives that U.S. players can choose from if they still want to play or even gamble. It's all a matter of knowing which of these will be ideal or more appropriate for them.
The Places Where You Can Play Poker
Americans love to play poker. If they want to gamble online, they will discover that there are still a wide variety of websites that are opening their doors for them. For example, you have Bodog Poker, which is actually one of the biggest and most popular gambling sites in the world. For you to know if the website can accept U.S. players or not, all you need to do is to look in the FAQ section. Usually, gambling websites will explicitly inform U.S. players if they are allowed to play or not in any of the games. If you cannot find it in such page, you can then make a call or e-mail their customer care staff. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. So you can definitely get a reply immediately.
How to Pay
Now you know where to play, it's time to discover how you can start playing. For you to do that, you need to make a deposit using your e-wallet. U.S. players have three best options. You can use Moneybookers, eChecks, or ePassporte.
Moneybookers is the most well-known among all of them. If you're familiar with Neteller, then you would not be finding it a hard time familiarizing yourself with Moneybookers. For you to be a member, you must have your own e-mail address, as well as a bank account or credit or debit card. This is where you're going to get the money to pay for the deposit as well as the account where your winnings shall be deposited. So far, almost all major countries around the world accept Moneybookers, and this e-wallet allows huge amounts of deposits and withdrawals without any question.
eCheck simply stands for electronic check. It is usually attached to your bank account, where you can directly pay your poker account through electronic fund transfer. Like a real check, you will still have to wait before the electronic check will be cleared.
Lastly, you have ePassporte, which is also similar to Moneybookers and Neteller. You must be 18 years old and above for you to join, as well as a holder of bank account and credit or debit card. The only difference it has with Moneybookers is that ePassporte has a minimum transaction of $1,000 every day. If you want to get a Visa card, you need to pay a small charge.