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If you think about the Full Tilt case, then the non-US players already play real money games on Full Tilt Poker and are able to deposit or cash out at their own will. In the US it's more problematic, though. But I am not from the US and I cannot give you more info. As far as I can see, you're concerned about the safety of your bankroll on online poker ...
You have an interesting point of view about the short stacks, but this point tells me that you lack a few key things about short stack play. As you might know, in cash games, the blinds never increase. As you might know as well, in cash games you can buy in for any amount which is between two fixed amounts, set by the casino. However, in cash games the pots ...
The best way to deal with them in my opinion is to only call them with hands that have a good chance of winning a showdown. So any pair, any connectors, any suited cards preferably with a high kicker. If you act before them and have a decent hand, put in big raises to try and stop them shoving, if they do call then you hopefully chip up nicely :)
The primary driver for the problems we saw in 2011 was under-handed activities that the sites were taking. These included back-room deals with banks, and shell companies to enable credit card processing in spite of many credit card companies specifically refusing to do gambling transactions. These and similar activities are what you need to be wary of ...
You can see some of the top poker sites discussed at the link I provide. This should be a good starting point. other than that search within the forum for "best poker sites" or something siilar and you should find a lot of useful information. Poker Rooms Comparison
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