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Nevada Governor Wants Poker Liquidity

If you ask any poker player, they will tell you a larger pool of players is much better than a smaller one. This is pure common sense. Common sense many lawmakers do not have. As of now, the regulated poker market in the United States is an interstate one that forces players to be within a state’s borders to play online poker. Only Nevada, New Jersey and Delaw...

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Senator Lindsey Graham Adds Negative Poker Jargon to Latest Budget Bill

Online poker in the United States has been fighting the fight for almost a decade now. Politicians are beginning to come around on the game, but having just a single opponent is a major obstacle for any chance of a fully regulated market. One of online pokers biggest enemies thus far has been Sheldon Adelson, the Las Vegas casino mogul who spent millions on tr...

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Russian City Seeks to Penalize Online Gamblers

Russia is decades removed from a communist ruled government. Yet, the country still remains one of the strictest when it comes to online gambling. All forms of online gambling are considered illegal in Russia with no regulated market. Ironic, being that many of the top professionals come out the country. Russia also outlaws any form of live gambling and regu...

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U.S. Online Poker Traffic Update – Outsiders Still Reign

The U.S. poker market is still alive and well. We have our state run sites in Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware. And we still have a few un regulated sites that operate within their borders. Surprisingly, traffic has seen steady growth, small, but steady none the less. While many felt the introduction of Poker Stars into the market once again would immediately...

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Michigan Introduces Online Gambling Bill SB 889

States have been slow to move thus far with progressing online gambling to fruition. For the past year or so, California and New York appeared to be the front runners to be the next state to legalize online gambling. California recently proposed a bill which was the first step. However, push backs from tribal casinos and race tracks have been the main roadblock.I...

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PokerStars Announces Date for Full Tilt Merger

Its official! Back in February, PokerStars had announced they planned to rid the online poker world of Full Tilt. Not in those exact words, but I’m sure many feel that the time has come to finally rip the band aid off and get it over with. The merger was announced, yet no official date was set – leaving us questioning when, and what would happen to player a...

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California Passes Initial Round of Online Gambling Regulation

California passed major hurdle on April 28th, with their passing of bill AB 2863. This bill has seen numerous updates to suit the needs of both the horse racing industry, and the Tribal casinos that appear to be the major roadblocks for regulating online poker. After being presented to the state senate, the bill was passed unanimously with a 19-0 vote. But, we...

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Phil Ivey Back in Court

It’s been almost four years since famed poker pro Phil Ivey has won, then lost £7.8 million at Crockfords Casino. In August of 2012, Ivey and his friend won the money playing Punto Banco, (Baccarat) at the U.K. casino. The casino then deemed Ivey and his acquaintance to be cheating and withheld his winnings. It took months to determine this initial outcome, o...

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Portuguese Poker Regulation Could Shut Out Major Networks

One of those countries is Portugal. In 2015, it was announced that Portuguese players would not be permitted to segregate with international player pools. This would essentially, “Fence Off” the tiny nation from the rest of the world. Much the same model as France and Spain have been using for some time. This was obviously bad news for poker players hailing fr...

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5 Years After Black Friday – Where are We Now?

Today marks the 5th anniversary of Black Friday – the event that rocked the poker world. Much has come out of this turbulent, and some may say arrogant act of the United States government. From the moment we stared at our computer screens with that F.B.I. Seizure warning, speculations began swirling as to what would happen next. The obvious first take down wer...

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Winners and Losers of Black Friday

Were one day away from the 5th anniversary of Black Friday – the event that shook up the entire poker world. Literally, in seconds, we saw a complete change to the poker landscape. And while the main culprit of the attack was the United States government, their rash decisions had an effect on the global poker community. Not surprisingly, ripples of this event...

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Japanese Gambling Regulation Stalls

Japan has long been considered ahead of the times, especially when it comes to technology. Their progressive society has produced some of the world’s greatest creations and helped cultivate imaginative minds. One would think, a country that has vending machines on streets where passer byes can purchase woman’s underwear would be more liberal when it comes to o...

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PokerStars CEO Steps Down Amid Insider Trading Accuastions

Poker Stars is far and large, the largest online poker brand. They have a choke hold on the market, and have been doing so for years. Some may say they helped create the poker boom back in the early part of this century when Chris Moneymaker and Greg Raymer won the WSOP Main Events in consecutive years. Both eventual champions won their seat into the Main Event p...

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Garden City Group Remits Another Round of Full Tilt Payouts in the US

Full Tilt poker players that have been waiting to receive payouts for years may be included in this round of payments from Garden City Group, the 3rd party company hired by the US government to handle this process. Full Tilt Poker was seized by the US federal government in 2011 and it’s been quite the lengthy process to pay balances owed to players. Garden...

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Amaya Faces $290M Judgement Against PokerStars – Update

The case of Kentucky versus Amaya continues as the gaming company appeals the court’s ruling requiring it to pay $870 million as PokerStars’ allegedly offered its services to Kentucky players illegally from 2006 to 2011. The case that was initially based on a $290 million claim was blown up to three times that amount following Amaya’s request for the reconside...

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Amaya Scooting Full Tilt Poker players to PokerStars

Full Tilt’s performance has been on the decline ever since its 2012 relaunch following the effects of Black Friday. Parent company, Amaya, announced that it will scoot Full Tilt Poker players over to PokerStars as soon as this spring. According to Amaya’s press release: “This platform migration will allow Amaya’s development and technology teams to focus on...

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Amaya Acquisition Ahead?

The owner of PokerStars and Full Tilt, Amaya Inc., has announced that its chairman and CEO, David Baazov, has plans to make a cash offer to acquire the company. Amaya has been valued at C$21.00 per common share and Baazov is prepared to make a cash bid but no formal offer has been made as described in Amaya’s press release on February 1, 2016. “Amaya Inc. (...

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Online Poker Legalization for Russia?

News publication Business Insider wrote a piece this week that suggests that the Russian government may be prepared to legalize online poker. The author, Robert Carmona-Borjas, wrote about the possibility of online poker being legalized as a game of skill in Russia so the government can increase tax revenue. Legal expert Alexander Zakondyrin revealed that a...

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Amaya Meets with PokerStars Players but Change is Not Likely

Amaya’s changes to the PokerStars VIP program have left a bad taste in the mouths of players including the pros. The hot topic this week in poker was the meeting between Amaya and a high stakes player delegation but the lack of public communication from either side has left us all wondering what happened. Both sides said that they are unable to comment due to...

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Chris Moneymaker Announced as 1st Franchise Holder in New Global Poker League

Alexandre Dreyfus, CEO at Mediarex Sports & Entertainment – GlobalPokerIndex, is making headway with his Global Poker League project having just announced that American poker pro Chris Moneymaker will be the first franchise holder and the debut of HoldemX, which ‘connects the world of video games, social/casual poker and eSports’. The Global Poker League launc...

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