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When the online poker world was turned upside down in mid-April by the Federal government, millions of American gamblers were left with a dilemma in the void created by the ban.

What would be the proper substitute to satisfy the daily gambling fix, a fix online poker has quenched and become such a big part of people’s lives?

The option of playing poker on free sites is there, but the thrill of victory – whatever the monetary value is – isn’t there. Chances could be taken with other lesser known poker sites, but the trust factor then becomes an issue. There are still free sites where you play for no cash, but where is the fun in that?

Who wants to play with people who are risking nothing and go all-in on every hand with rags?

Players also have the option of getting into live games at card rooms across America, but that takes away the convenience of what made playing at home so great. Not to mention many online players also, admittedly, aren’t as good when playing live when so many other factors come into play where nerves are much more tested and tells are easily picked up.

Until the federal and state governments unveil their plans to implement what hopefully becomes taxed online poker sites by U.S. companies, there are alternatives to satisfy that daily fix of online gambling that are 100% legal and taxed within the U.S. right now.

One is the website called, a fantasy sports site that offers daily challenges for all major sports.

Most poker players fancy themselves as sports bettors and follow the daily sports lines almost as well and as astutely as they read their opponents’ hands. Poker legend Stu Unger was a rabid sports bettor and current stars such as Phil Ivey and Phil Hellmuth can regularly be found in Las Vegas sports books when not in the poker room.

However, with, you’re not gambling on the money line or pointspread in regards to the outcome of the game, you’re gambling on what the players will do in those games, which is why it’s legal in the U.S. across state lines.

All the handicapping and research that go goes into a game is still applicable, but with, you’re now picking the best projected players for the day using a salary cap to create your daily lineup.

For instance, say you really had an opinion on the Mets-Diamondbacks game with Mike Pelfrey going against Joe Saunders. Rather than bet a team to win, or choose a side on the total, you could take the same logic that helped you form your opinion and take the strong players within that angle.

In this instance, you had handicapped there would be a lot of runs because of the starting pitching, so with you choose the hottest hitters from each squad to be part of your selected lineup for the day.

That process goes all the way down the line until you fill your roster with a player from every position, including a team’s bullpen. For basketball, you would be more inclined to choose players on teams where the Las Vegas line had the highest totals, which should produce the most shot attempts creating more opportunities for points, rebounds and assists, statistical categories that matter the most in’s basketball scoring.

During the 2010 football season, paid out $316,000 to winners in weekly challenges with entry fees ranging from $2 to $200. Players can find a group to battle in a price range they’re most comfortable with whether it’s playing in a massive pool with over 100 players for a small fee, or going head-to-head with another player one-on-one.

What should be attractive for most poker players is the analytical approach it takes to beat your opponent. While winning money is always nice, it’s not entirely what drives the motivation and excitement.

The thrill comes from simply winning and beating your opponents, which in turn develops a reputation for your name. Some may deny it, but the truth is, we all love our ego stroked and winning at anything helps satisfy that need.

Playing daily fantasy challenges on satisfies just about every gambler’s needs. The sports fan is now able to use their knowledge of the game to keep an enthusiastic watch of the scores as they happen, waiting for their carefully selecting players to make an impact for the day.

All this is done from the comfort of home, on a 100% legal U.S. site, while satisfying man’s eternal vice of gambling.

It may not be the perfect solution for every disgruntled poker player out there waiting to see what happens, but it’s worth taking a shot just to ease that burn and desire inside that needs competition. Be warned though, once you start, it’s hard to stop.

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