Americans Are Using Canada To Bypass US Online Gambling Ban
who want to play online poker are doing so through a loophole
that employs Canadian based servers. By masking US based IP
addresses, Americans are able to play poker just like before.
Because the ban only affects US citizens, and not Canadians,
they're able to make it appear as if they are playing from Canada.
Under this loophole US players find Canadian residential addresses
that contain a common last name and then utilize findnot.com
IP redirecting service. Doing so will make it appear to the
poker site that it is a Canadian IP trying to access the site
and will not block it, enabling the U.S. citizen to play. Because
the ban restricts US gamblers from using credit cards, they're
using third party payment processors to deposit and withdrawal
Because it's illegal for poker sites to accept direct money
transfers to and from a U.S. bank account, they're able to bypass
this by using Click2Pay or ePassporte. Americans insist that
this new law will not prevent them from gambling and if they
want to find a way, they will. The new law just pretty much
pushed the online poker community underground which is not what
lawmakers wanted, but U.S. gamblers are forced to do. The bottom
line is that U.S. players believe they DO have freedom of speech
and to block them from this privilege just makes them angrier.
Many Americans live right near the Canadian border as well
and are picking up wireless access from Canada, making it look
as if they are not playing from the U.S. By physically going
to Canada with their laptops and playing from a pub or friend's
home is just another way for Americans to make their point.