Online poker, No longer an international game

by PokerAnon ~ June 30th, 2010. Filed under: Poker and life.

I don’t have a wide range of international contacts in the poker world, but I started playing just before the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) came into effect and most sites pulled out of the US market, dropping Party Poker in size and giving PokerStars and Full Tilt the opportunity to move to the top of the pack.

More recently Italy has moved to nationalize poker for Italians and France has followed suit. I don’t know many Italian players, but I do know some players from France who recently received notification that they were no longer allowed to play at PokerStars. They’re invited to join, the French site, and to play for play money for now.

The French government’s plan is to tax on top of rake, 2%, and in order to do so, they required poker sites to establish French only poker sites, meaning the sites must exclude French players from the main site and French players are only able to play against other French players. So much for the internationality of online poker. This is not even EU; they can’t play against citizens from other countries using the Euro.

I’ve been using computers since the days of local bulletin boards. I thought that was pretty cool; being able to communicate with people that I never met who had some similar interests. I remember using Lynx (a text based browser) and connecting through a local university to get all around the world. It seems sad to have the internet hacked into sections with restrictions, just for local tax grabs.

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2 Responses to Online poker, No longer an international game

  1. Pat

    Plus, according to the reputable, independent, and wholly trustworthy 2+2 NVG board: They have to pay PF rake. That thread was pretty saucy before someone introduced that… I’m not sure if it’s true or not but I’d bet against it being real; PS isn’t that stupid.

    Additionally, someone said they have 7% rake now… Again, totally unsourced and I can’t read French.

  2. Admin

    Yeah, that PR rake jives with what I’ve read as well, info from a French player, but I think he’s entirely on FT.

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