The FBI seizure of online poker domains as operating illegal gaming activities effectively shut down the industry in the United States two years ago. Players’ money on deposit with the closed websites was frozen and the players could not get it back without initiating lengthy and expensive court proceedings.
People in Nevada were offered the opportunity to enjoy online poker once again. Nevada uses software that restricts the availability of the games to people playing within the state to avoid violating federal laws. Analysts predict that online poker could become a $10 billion industry.