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Online Poker Room Roundup: Party Poker's Optimism Rules

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Well, unless the government does the smart thing and decides to delay it yet again, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act takes effect June 1st.

That's UIGEA for short, though to be honest I always have to look up the acronym, which shows you just how stupid-complicated this law really is. If I have to look up the acronym, then you know the law is 400 pages of people wondering how the hell they're going to enforce it.

Anyway, there's one company that isn't buying that it'll ever really take effect, and that's Party Gaming.

You remember Party Gaming, right? No? How about Party Poker? Ah, yeah, there you go. Hey, get that dreamy look out of your eyes. You're dreaming about 2004, aren't you, when you could take $25 to a table and leave with $200? I know, Bud, I know. Those days are long gone.

But Party Gaming's got employees in Los Angeles, ready to go, ready for online poker to be regulated and safe in the U.S. once again.

And if that company, which once had the largest poker site in the world, believes it's ready to operate in the U.S., then so should you.

PartyPoker's also got a cool promotion for the rest of you (maybe even us U.S. players; we can always hope right?). It's another World Series of Poker promotion, but again, this one's different, as you're not just playing for a seat to the 2010 Main Event. You're playing for life.

Yep. Life. Or up to 20 years. Whichever comes first.

After 2010, PartyPoker pays for your $10,000 buy-in to the Main Event for that time period. And there are two of these unique packages available, one through a leaderboard, where you can earn the most points by playing cash games, and the other through a tournament, where you can get started for free! The Grand Final is June 20, where first prize takes the Life prize (and three other spots get a spot in the 2010 Main Event, which ain't too bad either).

PokerStars has its own huge tournament as well, and that's the European Poker Tour, probably the site's most popular world tour right now (it's the richest). The site announced a Season 7, and the first tournament launches Aug. 11 in Tallinn, Estonia. Check back with the site to start qualifying for prize packages to that tour soon.

If you're not quite ready for the big time yet, well, hey, ditto! Welcome to my world. Nice to see you here. Anyway, Full Tilt Poker's got your number. You can make an initial deposit for $10 and start building your bankroll by sitting down at the .01/.02 cent No-Limit Holdem game. Hey, you've got to start somewhere, right? We're guessing Phil Ivey started there too. You can sit at one of those tables for 40 cents, and a measly buck is 100 big blinds.

Just think, you can earn your way to free Happy Meal down the road. There's also $1 Multi Table Tournaments (MTTs) and Sit n Gos if tournaments are your thing. You can play for hours on this if you want. There's even MTTs for 10 cents in addition to the freerolls offered every day.

This practice will help sharpen your game. PokerWorks has just the thing for that, as there are dozens of poker sites for you to download for free, and in many cases you'll get a nice bonus for depositing at the sites listed here.

Need even more practice? Ultimate Bet Poker is giving you the incentive by playing with play chips. You know. The ultimate in practice. I remember playing on Poker Room when I first got my start in online poker. I worked and worked and worked and finally became a play money millionaire.  Then I moved on to real money and never looked back.

In this case, you'll need to get to $10 million in play chips, but once you do, you'll be inducted into the UB Hall of Fame. You'll also get $50 free. Pretty cool.

That's something that the government can't take away from us.

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