The U.S. government passed a bill last year, appended to important legislation on port safety, to hamstring its citizens ability to deposit money with online poker businesses. One had nothing to do with the other.
It was a late night sop to religious fundamentalists - the worry-warts and wet blankets that fret over someone losing money playing - gasp! - cards. Never mind that they might actually win...
BUT feel free to gamble the mortage on horse races. Or buy buckets of tickets for state-run lotteries. Or send the paycheck through the slot machine. Or into the Bingo till. Or spent it all at Walmart for a bunch of crap you don't need.
What I experienced last weekend at the tournament - and I *ALREADY* knew it - is that skill is a huge factor in poker. The faces at the end of the tournament were predominantly the women who had already played well in previous outings. The ones who lack skill go out early. Yes, luck is a factor. It is in pretty much every area of life. Getting the right job. Meeting the right person.
In the same casino, I saw hundreds more people sitting at slot machines, where no skill is involved and luck is your ONLY hope for winning, than were in the poker room.