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New York Online Poker Hearing Scheduled

The chairman of the New York state Senate Racing, Gaming, and Wagering Committee, Sen. John Bonacic will schedule an online poker hearing in September, which will review opinions on issue, and will include major state operators among other interested parties. The hearing will likely explore the issue as Senator Bonacic plans to hear more regarding online gambl...

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New Florida Online Poker Initiative

Martin Shapiro of Florida is a fan of online poker and hopes to see steps toward legalization via the group he founded, iPoker Florida. Summary of the group: “A window of opportunity for Internet poker in Florida has opened. The Florida legislature needs to vote on new gambling legislation in the very near future. We must take action quickly to include Int...

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A.G.A. Discusses Online Poker Legalization in TV Interview

Geoff Freeman, the CEO of the American Gaming Association, interviewed with the Ralston Live television show in Nevada and discussed the trade body’s decision to change its position to oppose federally legalized online poker. Freeman also suggested that poorly written federal legislation could affec...

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Jackpot Digital Acquires PokerTek Assets

Jackpot Digital (formerly known as Las Vegas from Home Entertainment Inc.) announced the acquisition of Multimedia Games’ PokerTek assets for a $5.4 million cash consideration of which $2.25 million will be paid upon closing. The remainder will be payable through an earn-out formula, which could boost the consideration to $7.5 million. PokerTek games are d...

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Accusations Hurled at Poker Pro Brian Hastings

A number of players claim that poker pro Brian Hastings has been using another player’s account and a virtual private network in violation of PokerStars rules. Hastings is accused of using high stakes Pokertar...

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Seals With Clubs Operator Enter Guilty Plea in Nevada Court

A Las Vegas court heard Seals With Clubs operator, Bryan Micon plead guilty to charges of running the illegal online gambling website on Thursday. Micon returned to the United States in an attempt to clear his name after he and his family moved to Antigua following a raid by Nevada Gaming Control Commission of his home in Las Vegas. The plea bargain will se...

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Bwin.Party to Sell World Poker Tour Franchise to Ourgame

The news broke over the weekend that Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment intends to sell its World Poker Tour franchise to former WPT licensee Ourgame International Holdings in a $35 million cash deal. Ourgame headquarters are in Hong Kong and has been a WPT licensee in China for three years. Ourgame CEO Frank Ng referred to the World Poker Tour as one of wor...

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Bitcoin Operator Cuts Deal to Return to US and Face Trial

Department of Justice prosecutors have their work cut out for them to nail Bitcoin online casino operator Bryan Micon, who seems to have made a deal to return to the United States to stand before his accusers with a top defense team at his side. Ealier this year Micon and his family fled the US and headed to Antigua after Nevada police raided his Las Vegas hom...

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Twitch Bans Poker Coach

Twitch banned streaming service of poker coach Casey “bigdogpckt5s” Jarzabek for publishing some questionable non-poker related content reminds streamers that anything on screen or camera will be broadcasted while the stream is active. Although it seems common knowledge to users, many streamers have forgotten to deactivate with embarrassing results. Jarza...

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New California Online Poker Initiative Launches

Californians for Responsible iPoker is the latest online poker initiative to launch and may be supported at The goal is to give California residents a voice to support a regulated online poker market within state borders. The initiative receives funding from the pro-online poker legalization coalition which includes PokerStars, Ama...

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Austria to Confine Poker Games to Licensed Land Based Casinos

Restrictions are to be placed on Austrian poker players when the Finance Ministry implements tax reform, which will see poker available only to licensed land casinos, electronic lotteries such as win2day and WINWIN machine operators. Wirtshauspoker (pub poker) will still be available only if the games are only held every quarter with no more than 100 players p...

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Garden City Group Issuing Another Round of Payments

Garden City Group has been given the okay from the U.S. Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section to issue another round of payments owed to players from Full Tilt Poker’s (FTP) “Black Friday” shut down in 2012. There will be approximately 2,000 payments worth $4.3 million going out, which also includes petitioners who have disputed t...

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Valeriu Coca Suspected of Cheating in WSOP Event

Following the WSOP $10,000 Heads-Up Championship, there are several pros that have expressed suspicions of cheating by Moldovan player Valeriu Coca. Coca came in 5th taking $54,545 and defeating the likes of Matt Marafioti, Pratyush Buddiga, Aaron Mermelstein, Connor Drinan

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Details on Pennsylvania Poker Bill Available

Pennsylvanian Senator Sean Wiley's gambling draft proposal includes licensing and regulation provisions as more information has become available this week. The focus of the bill is the licensing and regulation of online poker by the start of 2017. Pennsylvania land based casinos would be the only operators authorized to apply for licensing at a cost of $500...

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PokerStars Hosting Online Poker Demo in California

PokerStars will follow the California Assembly-Senate legislative hearing regarding online poker on May 20th with live internet poker demonstrations in Sacramento. Poker pros Daniel Negreanu and Jason Somerville will participate in the demonstration scheduled on May 21st at the She...

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Bill to Ban Shared Player Pools in Nevada Fails

A bill to ban Nevada interstate player pooling for online poker was presented to Nevada legislature earlier in the year but was unable to make it past the committee stage. The bill, AB414, was said to be another of Sheldon Adelson’s attacks on online gambling although this was not confirmed. It was designed to change current legislation, which allows the g...

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Full Tilt Granted Danish Gaming License

Full Tilt has been awarded a Danish gaming license for online poker and casino games like Amaya Gaming’s other brand, PokerStars. "We are excited that Danish players are now able to play both casino and poker games on Full Tilt," said Full Tilt's Managing Director Dominic Mansour. "Danish players are able to create their stories on Full Tilt and compete agains...

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Seals With Clubs Owner Attempted to Purchase Lock Poker

Amidst the Nevada Attorney General's prosecution of Seals With Clubs owner, Bryan Micon, some interesting news was discovered by an undercover Nevada Gaming Control Board agent. Agent Ricardo Lopez included correspondence from Micon’s attempt to purchase Lock Poker from its CEO Jennifer Larson in his report....

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Nevada AG Office Files Charges Against Seals with Clubs Owner

Nevada’s Attorney General's Office has charged Bryan Micon, Bitcoin poker site Seals With Clubs owner. Officials previously showed up to his Las Vegas home with officials with search warrants, which motivated Micon to quickly move to Antigua with plans to launch a new site. He launched the new site in record time. Reuters has reported that an arrest warrant...

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Police Cancel "Gaymazing Poker Race" in Beijing

Beijing media have reported that local police have stepped in forcing the cancellation of a gay poker race. The "Gaymazing Poker Race" was to involve teams of four racing to play a full hand of poker at six bars on Saturday to raise money for Beijing LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) Centre, a non-profit, organization. Police visited the centre and...

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