I was a little concerned about the recent anti-gambling legislation that was passed by Congress on Friday, Sept. 29th. But I didn’t think that it would have any serious impact on me, at least not for a while. I have changed my mind and think the situation may warrant some serious concern about the fate of online poker after reading an October post by Bill Rini and receiving the following letter.
Due to the imminent passing of the Federal Unlawful Gambling Enforcement Act on September 30th 2006, we are no longer accepting wagers from residents in the United States. We regret to inform you that from 11am EST on 3rd October, 2006, we will be closing all your gaming accounts.
Your balance, minus any uncleared bonuses, will be refunded to you by check within the next 3 to 4 weeks.
As the world’s oldest and most respected online casino we very much hope in the months to come that the USA will see fit to license and regulate online gaming so that we can once again offer our services to you.
We apologize for any inconvenience and express our sincere thanks for your patronage.
Since InterPoker, along with 888 and other poker rooms, are immediately suspending their US poker operations, I have reason to believe that the situation for online poker in the US is not sanguine. EVERYBODY PANIC!