I'm told to always look at the money in situations that we all are in. That's what I'm doing here, so correct me if I'm wrong, or give your opinion.
Anyhow, True Poker (TP) and WSEX aren't doing this out of the kindness of their heart, although I'm sure they are kind hearted companies. The thing is, they are doing this because if they don't, they'll fold.
So, they are effectively taking a gamble that they will not face penalties, and jail time.
party, on the other hand, does not feel that it HAS to take this gamble. They have a large enough population outside the US, and there is one other factor on the horizon...it seems that there is an expected Chinese explosion of players to occur within the next few years.
At this point, I feel that stars is basically debating whether they will fold if they stop allowing US players, or if they can afford to go with their non-US players, market more heavily in Europe and Austrailia, and wait for the influx of Chinese players in a few years.
Follow the money . . .
888 & party have stockholders to be responsible to. The corporate officers could have been held personally and financially responsible if they flaunted the law. They have to be accountable for profits and in many cases are betrothen to their quarterly results.
All private firms can make make riskier decisions. You're right, they have to gamble. It's all in.
I'm afraid if stars goes away from the US market, then it will be a near fatal blow to the industry. Stars (should be) is the most stable of all the poker rooms. They seem to be the most fiscally sound and best run. I'm hoping they make a stand. The others don't have the brand recognition or customer loyalty that Stars has.
If you pull out of the US market, then you become a second tier player.
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