New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Could Sign E-Gaming Bill Around February 26, 2013

New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie announced he would sign an amended version of New Jersey’s e-gaming bill as early as February 26, 2013. Suddenly, a viable competitor to Las Vegas’ legalized online poker is about to emerge. If the bill is signed into law next week, it will begin the next chapter of internet gambling’s tumultuous history in the United States.

Wait, Christie is a Republican? I thought Republicans didn’t want ANY sort of internet gambling legalized in the United States. Well, that’s partially correct: Arizona Senator John Kyl is famous for his vendetta against online gambling, authoring many bills since the late 1990s. Kyl’s vocal opposition to internet gambling also found favor with other Republicans and a few conservative Democrats. Beyond the 2006 UIGEA (Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act) there hasn’t been any substantive legislation precluding the development of a domestic online gambling industry. Kyl is set to retire, and once he departs, maybe some of the hot air will leave the senate 🙂 .

Christie turned down bills from New Jersey legislators previously for line item reasons. He wants online gambling taxed at 15% opposed to the proposed 10%; all internet gambling operations in New Jersey will be on a 10 year trial period, after which lawmakers can assess the costs/benefits of their activities; full transparency and clear standards for reporting online gambling activities in the state.

New Jersey’s goal is to ultimately accept bets nationwide, not just from within its own borders. It could be a potential boon for the sagging Atlantic City casino industry that has felt the brunt of the economic downturn. If he signs the bill into law, he will no doubt have to butt heads with the Federal government, since taking bets across state lines electronically is a technical violation of the Wire Act.

True to his frank and combative nature, Christie has promised to take the government to court if necessary, since the benefits of legalized online gambling are potentially immense for his constituents.

When the law does go into effect, it would be the largest expansion of legalized gambling in the state since the 1978 legislation which opened Atlantic City. Christie might be bull headed, but he isn’t stupid: signing this law would be money in the bank for his seriously cash-strapped state.

Use USA Online Poker VPN With Caution – Your Network Will Be Verified

Located in the USA and wanting to play online poker with an offshore site? Some players use VPNs (Virtual Private Network Servers) to disguise their IPs and access poker sites. If you decide to use a VPN, do so with caution: most poker sites are checking network details prior to accepting new player signups.

Virtual Private Networks, most commonly used with OpenVPN software, are one way poker players can disguise their United States location and continue to play poker online. A good VPN also allows players to bank using offshore e-wallets or credit cards. Unfortunately, many poker sites have been cracking down on VPN usage to avoid prosecution from USA law enforcement and/or fraudulent players trying to appear anonymous.

How does a VPN work?

VPNs are essentially relaying your internet activity through a server in some other country. Suppose you’re located in New York City. If you try to access Yahoo! from your computer, the request goes directly into the DNS infrastructure of the internet providing you with a direct connection to Yahoo. Yahoo also knows that you’re located in New York City based on your IP. That’s why you might see advertisements for local services opposed to taxis, restaurants, or hotels in California.

When you send your request through a VPN, the VPN essentially becomes your IP and location. So, the New Yorker using a United Kingdom VPN to access Yahoo! would first connect to the UK, then browse the internet as normal. When you land on Yahoo’s homepage, they see you as a visitor from the UK, NOT New York City where you REALLY are.

Learn more about how VPNs work here.

Why do people use VPNs? Are they doing something illegal?

Not necessarily. VPNs might allow someone located in a country that heavily censors the internet, ie. China, to browse sites they wouldn’t normally be able to visit. Someone with a Shanghai IP would have limited access to some USA media. If that person connects to USA media through a VPN located in the United States, they can use the web like any normal American.

People also use VPNs for privacy reasons. The need for “Privacy” doesn’t always mean someone is up to no good. Instead, these people want to use the web anonymously. Employing a VPN adds a layer of protection against prying eyes. If a webmaster wants to know who’s accessing his/her website, they’ll look at IP addresses of users first. Someone without a VPN will be traced directly to their physical location, or internet service provider who can identify them. Turning on a VPN means the sleuthing webmaster would trace a visitor back to a server first. Then, he/she would have to have some authority to question the VPN server owners about who uses their service. Most people operating VPNs will not turnover records and account information unless an egregious offense is occurring, or they are otherwise compelled by a court order to do so.

Of course, if your favorite poker site welcomes everyone EXCEPT USA players, an Ireland VPN moves your IP location overseas, even if you’re in downtown Detroit. Then, you only have to fund your account to enjoy online poker action just like you did before Black Friday.

What are some VPNs that welcome poker players?

Caution: This list came from a casual internet search. You’ll need to evaluate each service on your own to see if it CURRENTLY accepts poker players, the cost, and quality of service. You should also consult a knowledgeable attorney before opening an online poker account using a VPN. You might be subject to prosecution, foreign or domestic.

If you’re tech savvy, you can always setup your own VPN, which is probably the safest in terms of privacy concerns. You can tweak your server’s setup to use a different port (the usual is 1194), connection method, and encryption protocol. Ask any friend who’s in IT and they can help you out. VPS (Virtual Private Servers) are available around the world for affordable prices, and you can have a VPN up in a couple hours of configuration.

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