Minnesota takes a hit as gambling sites are banned

May 3, 2009 by Dan Brown in USA Poker News

With major gaming legislation about to hit the floor, Minnesota took the lead and tried to cut off the internet gambling at the heart. They have passed very aggressive legislation in their state house that will all but cripple the industry in that state.

As the news hit the wire, poker forums were burning up with concerns about what players were going to do about getting their bankrolls out and how they were going to get their poker fix in. With 200 sites being banned from transmitting information to computers, there is a definite cause for concern not only in Minnesota, but in other states across the United States as well.

The odd part about this little venture is that while a lot of the major poker sites and gambling sites are listed, there are some noticeable players that have been left off of the list. Most noticeably, Poker Stars and UltimateBet/Absolute were for some reason missed the list while Full Tilt and BoDog led the list of banned sites.

Interestingly enough, The Minnesota Department of Safety is not only trying to block the IP addresses, but also the phone communication links as well. This is something that has to have players in absolute panic. With the MDS only giving internet providers 3 weeks to respond to their request, players are not being given very much time to respond to the latest Big Brother move by a local government agency.

The next few weeks are going to be very interesting. With the Federal Government having legislation on deck and this legislation about to take effect in Minnesota, the poker world as we know it is about to be turned on its head. Hold onto you chips guys, it is going to be a wild ride!


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