Originally Posted by lawdude
My prediction is PokerStars never gets a US license.
It's true that theoretically, settlements can put it in a position to apply for a license. In practice, the licenses will be granted by political appointees and the argument that the Stars people gained their market share by "lawbreaking" is going to have a lot of power with a typical regulator. (Especially given it will be incumbent, important, campaign contributor corporation such as Harrah's pushing that argument.)
I realize it's a lot of IFS, but it seems that IF Stars were to pay off all fines, etc., do the deal with DOJ completely, signed, etc., AND they were to become a US based business....then, they could eventually offer online poker globally. I don't see how we could even turn away a billion dollar business from coming over here.