Some poker rooms
defy online bet ban

Nov 28, 2006 5:48 AM

Despite the concern surrounding the U.S. ban against transmitting Internet wagers, some online players are encouraged by the willingness of some operators to remain committed to taking action from U.S. players.

PokerStars is one of the online poker rooms that has stated it would remain in the U.S. market.

Other poker rooms that have expressed a willingness to continue operating are Full Tilt, Full Contact Poker and Doyle’s Room.

For sports bettors, Bodog and Pinnacle are also expected to remain online for U.S. gamblers.

The drying up of online poker rooms is expected to impact major U.S. poker tournaments, such as the World Poker Tour and, to a greater extent, the World Series of Poker, which over the last five years has drawn more than half of its championship entrants from online poker rooms.

Harrah’s, which owns the World Series, said last month it would no longer accept third-party registrations from online poker rooms, which offer satellites at bargain prices for players.

One solution to that problem has been suggested by Full Tilt Poker, which plans to continue to offer online satellites, but issue the winners the cash value of the World Series seat, rather than transmit the entry fee to the WSOP, as they’ve done in the past.

The responsibility for registering in the tournament would then fall on the player, whose account would have been credited with the satellite prize amount.