Online Poker Kings Get Cashed Out

Killing livelihoods and a $2.5 billion industry, the feds attack Internet gambling

It might come down to the states legalizing online poker within their borders (much like medical marijuana) and daring the feds to step in. Nevada has already begun issuing online-gambling licenses. Washington, D.C., passed a plan for running its own online-poker site. And in December, the Justice Department reversed its long-standing view that the 1961 Wire Act banned online gaming, a move many experts see as opening the door to state-regulated poker.

Before the government crackdown on online gambling, Maxwell Fritz made $100,000 over 18 months of playing—all while still attending Princeton.
Photograph by Will Rice
Before the government crackdown on online gambling, Maxwell Fritz made $100,000 over 18 months of playing—all while still attending Princeton.
Vanessa Peng moved to Canada to gamble online after it became illegal in the States.
Courtesy of Vanessa Peng
Vanessa Peng moved to Canada to gamble online after it became illegal in the States.

Yet for the moment, the future remains cloudy. Maybe one day players will again be able to provide for their families. Until then, they're just out of luck.

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leillin.travertski
leillin.travertski

Who knew that one could make poker online a steady full time job.  At least wright was able to use his skill and earn a decent living.  

-Ms.Leillin

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Play online casino
Play online casino

One of my friends has made the $836 on just the two days that's why Online Poker is the booming game for them who are contributing for making money at there.

AA
AA

Payo Pow, You are a fool. There is a world of difference between probabilities and "fixes", and it's people like you that effectively pay out to those who understand it.

I suppose you could call that a fix, or alternatively a wealth transfer from the stupid to the clever.

Payo Pow
Payo Pow

Everyone know's that Poker it's a fix game. However, ppl should have the right to throw away the few pennies they might have in their bank account even if its through gambling.

Uu
Uu

Stop the insanity. Let people and businesses transact business. And online gambling is a business.

twolaneflash
twolaneflash

Gambling is not a business, it's a drug, just as deadly as meth to some people. There's a good reason its called "Lost Wages", NV - they didn't build those gambling palaces on winners! Online gambling is just main-lining the drug directly to the brain, eliminating the competition for the addicts' money from the travel industry, hotel and restaurant businesses, and tourism-related benefactors of people seeking their fix, often at the expense of family and others. I'm glad Congress made a stand. Want your drug? Go to the desert.

missing_poker
missing_poker

Online poker is an entertainment option for many just as going to the movies. Whether someone chooses to blow $20 at @ the cineplex or online (with the chance of winning or breaking even) should be person preference. 90% of online players were casual player at .05-.10 or lower stakes.

This is very much a personal liberty issue.

Twiz1986
Twiz1986

This is a terrific article that highlights the rise and fall of online poker in America. The truth is this is just another example of what a joke it is to call America "the land of the free". We pretend to live in the worlds greatest democracy but ever since Sept. 11, 2001 we've allowed our government to seize more and more control of our rights and freedoms.It's happened slowly over time so most of us don't even bat an eye when we are violated at an airport or our television shows are censured. When you look at why our economy has struggled over the last decade and we don't have the spirit and drive we use to because we are now being controlled by the wealthy few who have the power, money and influence to mold our country in a way that benefits only their agenda. Until we as citizens stand up and demand that our freedom and liberty be returned to us we shouldn't be surprised that stories like these will continue to occur in the so called land of the free! Until we wake up with our eyes wide open there will continue to be an assault on the truths that we use to associate with being an American. Finally to Gospace's comments below, you are absolutely right that this article doesn't highlight the millions of dollars lost and the families effected by online poker but couldn't you say the same about casino gaming, drug addiction, criminals?? How can take away the freedoms of all to protect those who can't control themselves. If the people you speak of can't handle their gaming addiction shouldn't they take responsibility for their own actions? Is online gaming responsible for their losses? Were they forced to play? Where do we draw the line? If you are old enough to be sent to foreign lands to fight for this country then you should be old enough to decide if you want to participate in online gaming and old enough to know when to stop.

Gospace
Gospace

Great job of showing the gambling success stories. But-and this is a big but- unlike retailing, trading, producing, farming, where value is added and wealth is produced, gambling is a zero-sum game- and less. For teh casino/online-poker/whoever operator skims a profit off the top. Money does indeed exchange hands, but no value is added, nothing is produced.

Where's the article showing all the people who have lost heir houses, their jobs, their wives and kids because they lost all their money to easy access gambling? That;s the flip side of the story.

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BustyVeronica213

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Marine52
Marine52

Disgusting that even the Commies in northern Korea and mainland China could gamble online while former soldiers like me have to shepherd bigasses in gated communities.

Mormovies
Mormovies

Our country sucks!! More freedom, not less!! Vote all the bastards out of office now!!!

Sheryl J
Sheryl J

Thanks for this informative article about online poker and what the government did to it. An entire industry was destroyed last year. This is the first article that really illustrates the situation. We need federal legislation that licenses and regulates online poker in the U.S. and brings back an industry.

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Davidseawa
Davidseawa

It's poker, moron. You don't play against the house, you play against other people.

David
David

The people that are complaining are the people jealous !!! I understand you envy us...We are in our PJ's with no boss in front of our computers playing Poker and making more money then you . I understand ... I'm home more with my wife and kids.Your out working 40 + a week and probably working weekends. I'm sorry your mad about ONLINE POKER ! It's a skilled game, remember that ! Stop crying and let it be. There's more and bigger things in the world to worry about .

 
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