Any American poker player will know that in the general poker news nearly exactly one year ago the world of online poker changed forever when the Department of Justice indicted three online poker companies in relation to the UIGEA (unlawful internet gaming enforcement act) and the whole online poker business in the USA stopped. The charges related to the fact that the online poker companies were supposedly using illegal methods to get American banks to process payments from American poker players. As was well reported in the general poker news the investigation later revealed that Full Tilt Poker was not in a position to repay funds to American players; they then lost their license from the Alderney Gambling Control Commission which affected poker players from all over the world. Fortunately we hope there will have been very few Irish poker players affected but the general poker news does advise Irish poker players to stick with the names they know and which are listed on this online poker site. Also in the general poker news this week is the revelation that in Australia where poker machines are extremely popular and are used in theory to help communities through contributions from the operators, the amount that is getting to the communities is extremely small compared to the takings from the machines. According to some reports in the general poker news only between 1.5% and 2% of total losses find their way back to communities. The report which was commissioned by UnitingCare Australia in connection with a national debate on problem gambling suggested that this was a very inefficient way of funding local community work. The poker machines or “pokies” as they are known in Australia are the most common form of gambling in Australia but as we know in Ireland from reading the general poker news, they are not the best from a poker players point of view.