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.
It wasn't long ago since MasterCard announced that they are going to block Americans from making transactions to online gambling sites. Now, MasterCards biggest opponent VISA follows and block their American customers as well. That both the credit card giants VISA and MasterCard have decided to block Americans from making transactions to gambling sites is a clear sign that UIGEA (Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act) will soon come into effect (1 June 2010).
We will have to wait and see how effective the UIGEA law will be since there are a lot of problems which the american authorities need to solve before the law will be effective - in other words, stop americans from finding other ways of transferring money.
The world's largest poker room, PokerStars continues growing every day and now they have over 20 million customers from all around the world. The player with the alias "piposko was number 20,000,000 to sign up at PokerStars and therefore he received a $215 tournament ticket from the PokerStars as good will gesture.