Are you tired from all that players (especially russians) who play all their hands all-in and broke all of your tournament strategies? Now, there is a chance to forgot all that. Russia introduces a new Finance Bill which if passed could prohibit banks from processing online gaming transactions. Right now, online gaming – including online poker – is not currently legal in Russia, but this has not stopped most online gaming operators from offering services to teh russians.
Most online poker users, for example, had only been able to play in Russia by using a VPN or the “invisible internet” Tor to disguise their IP address. To combat this, among other criminal activities such as human trafficking, child pornography and distribution of narcotics, Russia’s Duma Committee on Information Policy, IT and Communications attempted to impose a ban on Tor and VPNs earlier in the year; but despite receiving strong support, the bill failed to pass.
Authorities were also unsuccessful in a previous attempt to block Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from allowing Russians to access online gaming sites.
However, it may become more difficult for online gaming companies to operate within Russia due this new Finance Bill, supported by President Vladimir Putin himself, which if passed would prohibit banks from processing any online gaming transactions. So, there is a chance to see less russians’ all-time all-in, on the poker tables…