Online Poker's Big Gamble
More than two years have passed since the Department of Justice seized and shut down three major American online-gambling websites, charged site executives with bank fraud, and froze millions of dollars in player funds. Since then, social gaming from Zynga and the like has been thriving on social media sites, attracting millions of players to their digital tables, using only fake money. At the same time, real money gambling is also back on the internet - on April 30th, Station Casinos in Nevada became the first site to offer real online poker since the 2011 shutdown. The questions are: will the for-profit sites draw millions of social players and will they put real money on the line? Michael Kaplan is a contributing editor for Cigar Aficionado and has been covering the return of online gambling.