I admit I can only envision a solution, and can't show any proof. And that I'll never likely have any decent technical grasp of all this, but I do think that we have the solutions needed for decentralizing poker. I think the real issue is moving the players community behind the idea. Which means, getting credible people (developers?) to understand a provable solution. It probably involves a working model/product and a shift within the players community.
But if it can be shown that there could be a working decentralized game equal or superior to the best centralized sites, then the players can imagine a game with their own rake model and incentives to come up with cost saving solutions.
To me that means the players community today pays x dollars a day in rake to 3rd parties, and they stand to save that money by developing (and funding) a decentralized project. If I understand ethereum correctly, their is mutual incentive for the players community to adopt ethereum to the point of it being Epoker. It would be nice to add the poker community to the ethereum network I am assuming? And so if a solution could be presented that is verified and understandable their should be $100,000's or millions available for its implementation (depending on the solution and contracts for funding players might flock to it).
I just really think the key here is this can only work if the players buy their own game. (The only other possibility is an owner sells the players the idea with a working product and phases out eventually, but that is trivial anyways.)
I described it the best I could, I can barely understand any of the papers, but it seems to me that with decentralized chess and cyberdice, and the players community developing incentives and rules, ethereum can specifically address decentralized poker in every way that is significant to the player (but not necessarily to a 3rd party private interest).
Does the player community bring value with them? Extra computing power? Liquidity of ether?
Maybe you don't need to read my writing, but point me to someone who has shown this or could answer this?
I'm trying not to sound crazy but I feel like this community might not fear out there ideas.http://www.scribd.com/doc/225582000/Epoker-as-a-solution-to-DPoker