Some players have thousands of dollars on account which they now do not have access to. Joseph M. Kelly, PhD, JD, Co-Editor of Gaming Law Review and Economics, SUNY College Buffalo, has reservations as to whether the DOJ will be successful in the long run.
“The crackdown on the three major poker sites accepting U.S. players and the attempt to seize over $3 billion in financial payments and the three company poker domain names may have negative consequences,” says Professor Kelly. “The 50+ page indictment and the civil complaint almost exclusively revolve around bank fraud allegations. The long-range impact of this action may be to drive reputable poker operators out of the U.S. market, who will be replaced by less reputable individuals, which is the opposite of what is intended.”
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