Originally Posted by chasern1
not sure about this.
The lost of the US player base will have a huge impact on the games, it might be slightly better the first 2 months,but there are still a lot of pretty good euro players left and there are not as many euro/russia fish to compensate the us fish.
The games will eventually dry out after 6-8 months and it will look similar to pokerstars.fr (probably slightly better) where you habe 3-4 NL400 6max tables,1 NL1k and no HU tables running.
My understanding is that international players will be allowed to play on licensed U.S. sites, after a waiting period (longer than the 15 month blackout). It could be awhile, but from what I read, there are plans to allow international traffic.
There's also rumors from Gary Wise (ESPN/PokerStatic) that a new draft of the bill will be released today and it could address the 15 month blackout period. It may or may not be shortened.
I'm in support of this bill if Stars and FTP are. They're businesses, and I don't think they'd back anything that would shrink their player bases in the long term.
The status quo sucks, and will only get worse now that UIGEA stuff is finally being enforced. And with the complexion of congress shifting back towards Republicans, I doubt we get another chance for years to pass something that could be long term "run good" for online poker. Reid owes Lederer and company and this is our shot.