Poker Stars is closing in on their deal to purchase the Atlantic casino along the Eastern Shore. Atlantic City is holding steady in gaming revenue, but dropping on the list of the most popular US destinations. The addition of Poker Stars as a casino owner will have many repercussions, including their ability to broker some kind of a deal (no pun intended) for online poker, whether it is intra or inter-state commerce.
Most poker sites have been very careful about keeping US customers off their player lists, but there are still a few that are skirting the laws and hoping for the best. In addition, there are also a few online casinos and at least one successful poker site that are using bitcoins as their main exchange medium.
Switch Poker bills itself as the iPhone, iPad and Android Poker site of choice, and started their live online play with bitcoin exchange. They now accept Visa, Skrill, Neteller and bitcoin, but do not accept players from the US. Although many poker sites want to tap into the huge US market by providing a medium of transaction that is not bank or government regulated (the bitcoin), no site is currently safe from the US Department of Justice looking out for the safety of US citizens by keeping us from playing poker, so don't expect online poker in the near future, regardless of how close legislation has seemed to be in the past!