The link below is a good editorial regarding online poker in the United States.
The article points out the flaws in current policy, and has comments from respected gambling-law expert Joseph M. Kelly (whom I met several years ago at a conference and found to be approachable, knowledgeable and passionate about his field).
High-stakes hand for online poker By Paula Lavigne, ESPN
Rep. Barney Frank is sponsoring legislation that could clear up the legal ambiguity.
U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (NJ-D) introduced a bill in the Senate which would establish a way for Americans to play games of skill for money over the Internet in a regulated fashion. In the bill, examples of games of skill include poker, bridge, and mahjong.
The bill was referred to committee, from which bills often do not return. We’ll keep an eye on this to see if aything comes of it… I’m doubtful.
In the meantime, Americans still have several good choices for playing online poker. Check out the list by clicking the link.
(Please note: Wherever you live, please check your local, state and provincial laws before you gamble online.)