Is Playing Poker on the Internet Legal?
Depending on where you live, online poker is legal in most countries even now in the United States, kindof. Countries will usually determine a game of poker legal or illegal by the basis as to whether they consider the game skill or luck. Many studies have proven that poker is skill, therefore large countries such as the United States, United Kindom and most of Europe have legalized online poker. The United States is currently licensing and developing their own poker sites while the offshore ones are still accepting bets from US customers.
Depositing and Withdrawing Poker Money
There is no stepping up to a cage, giving the cashier lady a few hundred bucks, getting your chips and going to the poker table. Actually it’s easier. Poker sites have a large array of options to instantly deposit in about 5 minutes and you’re playing.
Suggestion on Depositing:
This is what I suggest. First try your credit card. They have about a 70-80% chance of being transacted successful by the credit card company (their rules don’t like gamblers because potential fraud) but some poker sites are good at getting credit cards to be accepted. The betting sites that take visa credit also are the main poker sites we suggest so I recommend reading that guide if you have problems. So, if your credit card gets rejected you may have to jump through some hoops such as sending a check, heading up to western union or sometimes the websites will have “ewallets”. Very few accept Mastercard or Amex, but they are out there if you play at a sportsbook with poker offerings.
Ok, so you’ve played a few hands, won some money and now want to cashout your money back to your bank account. This is most easily done via a check and expedited by a Fedex or UPS courier. Depending on the amount or how soon you need the money you may want to choose regular mail because the poker site will sometimes hit you with a fee for using an overnight or 2-3 day fast withdraw. Most sites will give you 1 free withdraw a month. If you’re trying to withdraw a large amount, email the customer service and tell them you want the money wired. Typically you can only do this with amounts of $20,000 or more.
I don’t understand where I can play
We understand your confusion. Right now you can only play online poker at sites whom base their company in countries outside of the United States. Players from non-US territories pretty much unanimously do so at PokerStars.com. Only three states (NJ,NV and DE) allow you to play at sites licensed by the state to do so. Players from Nevada and Delaware can play together, but players from Nevada must play with players within the state. Things will only get more confusing as more and more U.S. states are legalized. At this point in time offshore sites offer just as good banking methods, are plenty safe if you play the proper ones (listed above), and because they accept all countries and states there is much more tables running and looser action.
Is Poker Safe?
I wouldn’t have this page up if it weren’t. It is only safe if you play at the proper gambling sites. Those marked in google and show up when you do searches ARE NOT all reputable. Constant monitoring and voting needs to be conducted to make sure our visitors get paid when doing so at any site we recommend.
Page Reviewer: Joseph Falchetti