The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA), signed by President George Bush on October 13th, 2006, makes it illegal for online gambling sites to accept funds or wagers from the United States if the gambling activity violates the laws in the state you live in. The law does not make the player liable in any way, but the poker site is liable for accepting funds or wagers associated with illegal Internet gambling.
As an online poker player located in the United States, you are not violating the UIGEA or any other federal law, but you may be violating state or tribal law depending on the laws of the state or Native American Reservation where you are located. It is the player's responsibility to determine the legality of playing Internet poker under the law where he is located.
Because of the UIGEA, many poker rooms have chosen not to offer their games to US players, but luckily the two largest online poker rooms in the world - PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker still accepts players from the United States of America. American players will not experience problems playing with these rooms, maybe except for those residing in the state of Kentucky. So go ahead a start playing at one of those two wonderful poker rooms ;)
To the left you can see the poker room Poker Nordica which is yet another great poker room open to US players, and there are a few more, but we estimate they aren't worth the trouble. Two of these are Ultimate Bet and AbsolutePoker which might finally be safe again, but we really don't want to entice players to support these rooms, for obvious reasons..