Casinos without borders: ‘I moved to Mexico to keep my job playing online poker’

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“Effectively, there’s no online gambling in the United States.” Shane Schleger is a professional poker player with a remarkably chill grin on his face, considering. “Well,” he goes on, “except for fantasy sports. The fantasy sports lobby is strong, I guess.”

Shane collects all his income from the biggest online poker portal in the world, PokerStars. For eleven hours a day he’s plugged into their software, playing in a dozen simultaneous tournaments at any given time, which amounts to five or six thousand hands every day. Needless to say, he’s good at it: he’s part of the site’s elite “Team Online,” and in addition to the money he wins at the virtual tables he’s also compensated for simply trotting his avatar (“shaniac”) out in…

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