Online Poker: Federal Shutdown Axes Fruitful Living for Poker Players
Federal Shut Down of Online Poker Sites Shuts Down a Viable Industry
The days of sitting in front of your computer for ten hours a day and rounding out an income through Poker are over. Online Poker sites have been shut down pending an investigation into fraudulent funneling of money acquired by the sites.
That means the owners of these sites will have to face a lengthy litigation process, and I will still be pretty bad at poker. But for a large group of people all over the country, their source of income and well-being has been shut down, and their money has been frozen.
Oskar Garcia filed a report for the Associated Press. In it, he spoke to an online poker player that made a living by logging in, and cashing out.
Robert Fellner is only 27, but he is now out of a job. The $250,000 he had in his online account has been frozen. The report later states that assets will most likely returned to the players.
The question of when is up for some debate. For the time being, Fellner, and people like him, are out of the only job they might have known.
Fellner has been supporting himself on Poker since he was 19. That is a long time to get good at something that is all of a sudden obsolete. Such is the life of a gambler.
He did not set out to work behind a desk and cash a check like regular workers. Poker is appealing for the rush you get. Poker players cannot be surprised when the legality of online gambling has been tenuous for years.
There may be an out. Garcia alleges that the major poker sites will have use of their domain names shortly for the sole purpose of refunding the player's money.
That is a small consolation for poker players that still love the game and the environment the online poker sites afford, but it's something.
For now, it's back to the tables.
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