I've recently taken up Texas Hold-Em myself. You know, the kind that works in front of actual people.
I have NEVER believed that online poker would be safe to play, and would never do so. This news only ascertains my opinions.
There are several factors why -
-Firstly, everybody who wants to win will be using, at the least, software assistance during betting, ones that tell you your odds based on your starting hand, and possibly statistical software over lots of games. If you're sat at home and nobody can see, wouldn't you if your money was on the line, and knowing that other people will be, hence reducing your chances?
-Secondly, won't the servers who you entrust your credit card to be very vulnerable to external hackers, over long periods of time, vulnerabilities will reveal themselves. Also your online poker accounts are likely to be open to attack, a la Ebay.
-Thirdly, Has nobody watched Scarface!!? It all smells a bit dodgy, esp if they can hide behind a webserver on the other side of the planet.
-fourthly, this current shit happens!
Dont trust em as far as I can throw em.