Originally Posted by Haystacks
I would have thought if/when US market legalised, games would most likely be ring-fenced so that only US players can play in them (for tax & regulation reasons).
and, as we see starting to happen now in europe, we'll be first linking with the other fenced-in regulated markets like Italy and France. it'll be a few years, but we'll include some large wealthy countries to our pool when the time comes. everyone knows about needing the biggest playerpools for a poker site to dominate, and the US corps will be greedy and want to take on the world.
and when the market opens up, euro players will have the choice of whatever they've got and the 3 US-intl networks that will each certainly be comparable in size to the largest ROW operator. Americans are not only primed to stay at home and on the Internet all day, but we have a flagrant disregard for money and we feel entitled to LOTS of it for very little work, so obviously online poker is the perfect fit to be the next MEGAhit, culturally. it'll be bigger than chess in Russia. BETTER, even, because of poker's nature as a game of capitalism.
if you look at California, where poker is really the main form of gambling you'll find, you'll have a huge amount of people playing poker. they have the biggest poker room in the country because poker's the game if you wanna try to run some extra money into riches without a whole lotta necessary know-how. if in the whole nation, we have legal online poker sites, and no other kind of online gambling.. people who aren't poker players will try to play online poker for the thrill of betting. they'll finally feel safe enough to put money towards this feeling, to try to get that gamblin feeling, online, AGAINST US.
I don't know how many people I've talked to who were already playing poker
, who didn't trust the online sites enough to give their credit card. it's not that they didn't have $10 to try, they didn't want to give their credit card number cause the site wasn't explicitly labeled SAFE by their government. if we get that label.... people who never even played LIVE poker will give the game a try, online. not counting the committed weekend livepros who have played 3000 hands lifetime and think they know it all but are more clueless than the losing regs we beat before black Friday.
cliffs: regulated American sites will have a much bigger new customer rate than any online poker site in history, including old partypoker. it won't just be because we have more people than Europe, I'm willing to bet we have more gamblers per capita as well. basically because Americans are predisposed to be suckers because if poor education and our modern culture and rap music and republicans.