Although online poker has yet to be completely legalized in the United States, many states are considering it. Currently, Nevada, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Jersey, Michigan, and Delaware are among the states that have regulated online poker markets. And more are expected to join them in the near future. In the meantime, players can find regulated games in countries such as Italy, Germany, and Spain.
The COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced many live gaming venues to close, has led to a huge spike in online poker traffic. Because so many unlicensed gaming venues closed, many recreational players have turned to online poker as a replacement. Many operators have reported traffic that is double or more than before.
Online idnpoker websites have taken measures to prevent fraud, but they are not perfect. For example, online poker websites can check the IP addresses of players. This helps them prevent multiple players from the same location from logging in to their accounts. Otherwise, they can block new accounts that have no connection to them. If players are caught in a collusion, the site will cancel the account.
Online poker websites have a signup process that requires players to enter personal information such as their date of birth, social security number, full name, and address. Using multiple accounts is strictly prohibited and can result in permanent bans.