After the U.S. Department of Justice shut down the major offshore poker websites that were dealing to U.S. players on April 15, 2011 (the aforementioned Black Friday), New Jersey became the first state to legalize virtual poker. At the time, Kerstetter helped launch PartyPoker’s website in New Jersey, she promoted the website and would play regularly on the site.
“We thought it was going to be in every single state,” Kerstetter said. “And why not? It meant tax revenue and our country needs it.” The online poker movement grinding to a halt also frustrated Anderson, the TV producer.
“We all have our bad beat stories,” Anderson said. “When Black Friday hit, I lost a significant sponsorship with that. In 2012, a lot of us were very bullish on the idea that situs poker terpercaya was going to be making resurgence when New Jersey opened. … It didn’t really progress. Those years, it was frustrating. But maybe it’s changing again.”
Unregulated Poker Sites Still A Concern
Curiously, unregulated poker websites are flexing their marketing muscles during the pandemic. America’s Cardroom is a website that has gotten a lot of attention and is drawing significant traffic. In April, it held a charity tournament for COVID-19 hunger relief and drew quarterback Tom Brady and actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.
Kerstetter is concerned about players taking the risk to participate on websites that, while appearing to be healthy and trustworthy, are still unregulated.
“An event like that celebrity charity tournament can be great for poker but it was all this attention being put on a website that’s operating in – I’ll be generous, and say it’s operating in a gray area,” she said.
Websites operating on the fringe of the law caused the events of Black Friday and in the process, thousands of poker players did not have access to hundreds of millions of dollars for an extended period of time.
“Meanwhile, a lot of players even in regulated states are still hopping on those sites because they have pretty big tournaments and big series,” Kerstetter said. She’s concerned that “if any of those sites get taken down,” player money won’t be protected. “I hope that never happens,” she said, “but we should learn from our mistakes of the past.”