I have been playing in a quite a few events as a member of the Twitter Poker Tour group. I also started playing more games run by RailBirds.Com and their sub groups. I have even started playing in the online events of the American Poker Players, a social group of the American Poker Invitational group. I also try to play at least two or three hours a day of cash games online.
I try to sandwich this in between home like, work, and blogging. For hobbies, I like to read: poker, science fiction, adventure and mystery novels. I do a lot of thinking and studying about poker. Probably I talk and think about it more than I play it.
One of the problems I am finding about playing online is that it is getting harder and harder to get funds to and from the poker sites.
Just recently I opened a new business checking account and in the first month’s statement was a large notice about customers not using the bank to transfer funds to and from online poker sites. If we were doing it, we must stop or change banks. Because of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, the US government can fine and punish banks that allow this kind of activity. Personally, I don’t think the government has that right and should not be involved in what ordinary citizens want to do with their money. They are forcing us to take extreme measures.
Most of the pokier players that I know are law abiding, tax paying citizens. Until congress passes laws making online poker legal in the US, they are forcing us to find new and creative ways to keep playing. For myself, I am looking at off shore banking that have no ties with the US. I am not doing this to avoid paying taxes, should I ever start to earn money playing poker, but I want to be able to play and the off shore banks seem to be a way to do this. Everything I have read says that care should be taken if I go this route because these banks are not governed by US laws.
I don’t intend to have a large amount of money tied up with them, I just want to be able to either transfer my money to an online site and transfer my profits back and eventually get a check that I can legally deposit into my regular US based bank accounts.
Do you think that the government is wrong on how they treat online poker?
Do you have a method of either depositing or getting your winnings back that is safe and secure from seizure by the government?
What are you doing to change this situation?