It is a very long way to go before gambling companies can offer games in the U.S., however, it feels like things are moving in the right direction at the moment as the majority of the congressional finance committee have approved a proposal to allow online gambling in the states.
Now, as you probably already have figured out, they must work out a master plan with guidelines so that the country can gain some extra income from allowing foreign betting companies to operate on the US market. There are about 50 million Americans who play poker regularly (online, at casino, home games etc), so you can imagine how much money there is to make.
UIGEA - U.S. poker players worst nightmare
The UIGEA (Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act) was introduced in USA almost 4 years ago. The UIGEA has stopped financial transaction (VISA, Neteller etc) between America and foreign betting companies. Now, it seems like the UIEGA era, U.S. poker players never-ending nightmare, is slowly, slowly coming to an end.