First Partygaming announced that they were going to be voluntarily talking to the US Department of Justice regarding their online gaming activities in the US prior to the passage of the UIGEA. Now, 888 Holdings has released a similar statement, saying that they will be entering into discussions with the US government.
Analysts say that this is positive news for the two companies, as they believe that in co-operating with the US government, they may avoid any potential litigation or investigation on behalf of the US government in the future.
As I said when the Partygaming news was first announced, I don't think that these discussions are so benign. I have a feeling that the US government is going to compile a list of Neteller users living in the US, and then try to obtain a list of US poker / casino players from companies that they are "talking" with. Sure, they are not going to knock your door down and arrest, but they could easily audit people that appeared on these lists. I have a feeling that many people didn't pay taxes on their winnings, and I really wouldn't be surprised if the US government eventually went after these people. That's my feeling anyways, maybe I'm wrong.
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