It will never be possible to prohibit access to “illegal” websites, we keep repeating on this site. One more proof …
Since the Poker Room has been regulated beyond the Alps, Italy became the first European country to grant licenses to gambling operators, the situation of Italian players so rich teaching to try to understand what the market will look like French gambling online once the law under preparation will return. If the overall impression is sad for the players there are alternatives that allow them to bypass the blacklist introduced by the Italian Authority Games. Just take a ride on the different operators to realize that the Italians have not abandoned all the foreign tables. But how are they two years after opening its market? The landscape of online poker has some twenty Italian actors and players do not jostle. On the real money tournaments on the best operators there are only 5,000 or 6,000 players online simultaneously. And the traffic is reduced by hundreds of people in the middle of the night. But the Italian government seems to realize that the method of taxation is too deterrent for players, and adopted last June a new law, which plans to allow cash-games in 2010, which will be applied to taxation around 20% on gross gaming.
Many rooms are now blocked. It speaks of 300 rooms set on the famous blacklist Italian. Many sites. Com is inaccessible from Italy. In trying to connect to it, it falls on a page of the local gaming authorities with this simple message: ‘page not available’. However, all poker rooms are not on the blacklist. In France, where the law on gambling online application will return, only a judge will have the right to block a website ‘illegal’. These will therefore be blocked in each case, the rate of complaints casinotiers. Let thousands of procedures …
But the Italians have found another way to play poker at the site of their choice without interference. Many manage to bypass the blockage created by the service providers by simply making anonymous on the Internet. This is possible by using proxies, that is to say, the servers that relay information between your computer and all the sites you visit. Some proxies are called ‘anonymizers’, which means that the sites contacted can not know the IP address of the client. In other words, the poker sites visited did not know they have to do with Italian players. It is obviously possible for a poker site to refuse players ‘anonymous’.
Specifically, small programs exist, such as Your Freedom (fee) or Tor (free), which can connect anonymously to the proxies in other countries (but closer to the Italian border to the connection speed does is not affected too). They can play anonymously online operators flash but not on those who need to download a program. Other utilities, such SocksCap, solve the problem. All these softwares, including tutorials abound on the web, are very easy to use and configurable in a few clicks … Sites that have chosen to remain illegal does not make difficulties for Italian players when picking up their gains. To avoid surprises, many choose to use electronic portfolios and do not directly use their Italian bank account.
The Italian Government has not taken any special measure to prohibit the use of these “electronic wallets”. It would be difficult indeed: As long as Neteller Moneybookers possess a license issued by the FSA (the Financial Services Authority, the policeman of the City of London) and are perfectly legal under the law of the European Union.
What will it in France?