Online poker busts only a prelude to legalization

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Politicians are trying to legalize online poker. Prosecutors are trying to shut it down.

Neither is succeeding. Last week's government seizure of 10 gambling sites following indictments by a federal grand jury in Baltimore is another loss for the industry and may further stall legislation in Washington and some states to regulate and tax online poker.

But don't bet against online betting. The day after the indictments were unsealed,, a popular gambling site that was part of a previous investigation by the Maryland U.S. attorney, changed to a European domain — — in an apparent attempt to avoid a crackdown by U.S. authorities. No doubt Bodog and other operations will win business from, and others nailed by the feds.

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