Laws passed by Congress last fall that prohibited credit card, check, and electronic fund transfers to gambling sites have fostered ingenuity in the most zealous of online gamblers, the Diamondback reports.
In order to work around the legislation, University of Maryland high rollers switched from sites like PartyPoker.com, which now blocks all U.S. players, to sites like Bodog.com, Pokerstars.com, and Fulltiltpoker.com. To pay, they use Western Union, CVS cards, check cards, FedEx checks, or even phone deposit cards in place of credit. "The online gambling ban is nothing but a farce," says an official who works with gambling addicts. --A.G.