Poker situation in the USA

    • zippoarg
      zippoarg
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      Joined: 05.07.2007 Posts: 7,612
      I have two questions.

      First of all, how likely it is that it's gonna be legal in the USA by the end of the year?

      Second of all, anyone knows something about VNPs or whatever they are called? are they safe?
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    • MatejM47
      MatejM47
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      Joined: 21.01.2010 Posts: 1,193
      Well you really should ask a fortune teller about that. Personally i think there's less then 5% chance they will manage to legalise it by the end of the year.
    • ramadas
      ramadas
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      Joined: 02.09.2011 Posts: 462
      Yes, VPN corporate level are very safe and used by corporations to secure their remote employees connections from their laptops to their corporate Intranet.

      You can start educating from here:
      http://strongvpn.com/vpn-accounts.shtml

      Reviews:
      http://www.vpnreviews.com/
    • zippoarg
      zippoarg
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      Originally posted by ramadas
      Yes, VPN corporate level are very safe and used by corporations to secure their remote employees connections from their laptops to their corporate Intranet.

      You can start educating from here:
      http://strongvpn.com/vpn-accounts.shtml

      Reviews:
      http://www.vpnreviews.com/
      thanks!
    • UPAY4DINNER
      UPAY4DINNER
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      Joined: 27.09.2009 Posts: 21,978
      Hi zippoarg!

      Are you moving to the US or planning to stay there for a while and play poker?
    • zippoarg
      zippoarg
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      i'm gonna stay there just for a while :)




      i guess stars takes your bankroll and bans you if they catch you using a vpn in the usa, right?
    • Borr
      Borr
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      All data that passes through a VPN is safe, meaning that no one can intercept it (listening in, tampering with contents). However, playing poker from the US on stars using a VPN (with a VPN server outside of the US obviously) is not necessarily safe.

      If you like you bankroll VPN's are not considered safe.

      I don't know about the number of accounts that have been banned because of VPN usage.
    • UPAY4DINNER
      UPAY4DINNER
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      Joined: 27.09.2009 Posts: 21,978
      Originally posted by zippoarg

      i guess stars takes your bankroll and bans you if they catch you using a vpn in the usa, right?
      IMO, don't mess with PokerStars. They have caught several users using a VPN and it has ended in bankroll confiscations and suspensions.

      You're decision at the end of the day but I would not personally risk it.


      Regards,
      Gary
    • Krupsinator
      Krupsinator
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      Hi zippoarg,

      some players played via VPN on Pokerstars during the WSOP last year. I don't know of one single case where the account was not banned temporarily. And temporarily in this case does not mean some days, but half a year. Don't risk it.

      It would be one possibility to cash in a small amount on a room still serving US-residents (e.g Cake Poker). But thats a little risky too and you have to know if its worth the risk for you ;)

      Best regards,
      Krupsinator
    • MJPerry
      MJPerry
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      Joined: 03.10.2011 Posts: 4,908
      Originally posted by ramadas
      Yes, VPN corporate level are very safe and used by corporations to secure their remote employees connections from their laptops to their corporate Intranet.

      You can start educating from here:
      http://strongvpn.com/vpn-accounts.shtml

      Reviews:
      http://www.vpnreviews.com/
      I wouldn't risk it. If you happen to be disconnected for any reason, PokerStars can catch you in that moment.

      Accounts are banned, funds are confiscated. Not worth it imo.
    • DaPhunk
      DaPhunk
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      Joined: 01.03.2008 Posts: 2,805
      Pokerstars in particular are clamping down on VPN users whilst abroad. I read a whole load about it in on 2p2 in the autumn while in a similar situation.

      Lots of players where banned (I don't know how long for) when their VPN dropped and their real IP was momentarily exposed. I decided not to risk it with stars.

      However, there may be a small hope for you;

      How to make a program use only a vpn tunnel

      I happen to use SwissVPN anyway to guard my computers security (just one cool website about security) and at least for me, if the VPN drops (but not my internet connection) so does my connection to the poker client.

      Hope that made sense and although I won't recommend playing Stars while you are in the US I wish you luck if you do.


      - DaPhunk