Some are still waiting.. Advertising is annoyingly saturating the airwaves. Online players were in heaven. Any online poker player who has visited DraftKings will find an eery familiarity between the lobby area of the online fantasy sports site and their old favorite online poker websites. The public outcry will be huge if fantasy sports betting is deemed illegal.

Those who played online poker for a living know how this is going to end. Not everyone may know how to play poker, but nearly everyone watches football. There are the various buy-ins, ranging from free, to a single dollar, to as much as several hundreds of dollars. These sites gain popularity. FanDuel and DraftKings are suing the New York Attorney General.

Wrong, said the United States government. The government calls daily fantasy sports betting “gambling.” The accused sites argue that fantasy sports is a “game of skill” and not “gambling.” The government goes after the payment processors for the various sites.

The bottom line is the government will always want a piece of the action. Poker After Dark. How about head-to-head with just one other opponent? You could even create your own tournaments with as many, or as few, players as you like.

Enjoy it while it lasts, friends. Just a word of advice– Don’t keep too much money on the sites.

The online poker player is very familiar with these game setups. Some, eventually, got their money back. And they must sit and wonder how these sites have gotten away with this as long as they have. ESPN and NBC couldn’t get enough poker programming. They enjoyed the proliferation of the game into mainstream media. They witnessed the boom of poker. There has been the scandal questioning the integrity of the game. The government will, eventually, shut down daily fantasy sports betting just like it did to online poker wagering.

It was only a matter of time. Advertising for sites like PokerStars and PartyPoker were inundating the airwaves. Mike Sexton became a household name for many. On April 15, 2011 — a day known as “Black Friday” among the online poker community — the United States government shut down the three big online poker sites. It will be interesting to see how this plays out, because as popular as online poker may have been (and it was enormously popular), fantasy football is even bigger and more mainstream. Poker is just as much a game of skill as betting on fantasy sports. PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker were closed for business to all American players. The New York State Attorney General sent out cease and desist letters a week ago to FanDuel and DraftKings. The government has begun to take notice. You want to play in a tournament against thousands of others with the chance for a huge payout? Or do you want to just “grind” out a steady profit? You could play single “games” against only fifty people, twenty, or nine– how many ever you want. People were having fun. World Series of Poker. No one was being hurt. They generate a lot of money. Online poker sites that once would be lucky to have 1,000 players online at any given time now had over 200,000– many of them “fish,” a term used to describe bad players. The two fantasy sports sites have chosen to ignore the injunction and elected to continue to take bets from New York residents. The government, especially, notices they aren’t getting their piece of the action. Money was changing hands. Poof! Just like that. Money in players’ accounts was frozen and seized.

Former online poker players have seen this story play out before. Right?

So what is happening to daily fantasy sites like FanDuel and DraftKings comes as no surprise to former online poker players. And you can play as many times as you want. It’s the same pattern. They cause a lot of buzz. Basically, the New York A.G. A poker player can calculate the odds of a certain card hitting the table as much as any fantasy sports bettor can calculate the odds of a certain hitter getting a base hit against a certain pitcher.

The legal wrangling has already begun in one state. is banning fantasy sports betting by New York residents. You can play against how many ever opponents you want