California Tribe delays launch of Real Money Online Poker on PrivateTable

The topic of online poker has been exploding across California’s headlines for a few years now, but never so much as it has this summer. Legalization and regulation of internet poker has been debated rigorously in the state, but when the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel launched an online poker room two months ago, announcing that real-money gaming would hit the virtual tables in the near future, it was a real head turner. That launch was scheduled to occur this week, but according to the tribe, initiation Read more [...]

Nevada Online Poker revenue down from record-high June

In operation for more than a year now, the online poker market in Nevada hasn’t exactly been the game changer that many predicted a few years go. However, the last two months have resulted in a notable surge of revenue. June 2014 marked the Silver State’s highest yielding month since online poker was first introduced in late April of last year, and while the revenue did see a declination in July, it was still the second-highest yielding month in the industry’s nascent history. Nevada’s Read more [...]

Bruno Politano of the 2014 WSOP November Nine signs with 888 Poker

The name might not have meant much a few months ago, but everyone in Brazil, as well as the global poker community, now knows the name Bruno “Foster” Politano. Although he doesn’t consider himself a professional poker player, he’s been grinding the felt for over a decade now. His most recent endeavor earned him a spot in the most elite group the poker world has ever known – the World Series of Poker November Nine. As of last weekend, he’s also the newest Ambassador for the highly reputable Read more [...]

Adelson’s Anti-Online Gambling bill gains Senatorial support

Sheldon Adelson, CEO of the world’s largest casino gaming company, Las Vegas Sands Corp, has put a great deal of effort - and money - into campaigning against the inception of online poker and casino gaming in the United States. This year alone, he has started up the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling (CSIG), was responsible for the authoring of an anti-online gambling bill, The Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA), and has spent nearly half a million dollars lobbying for prohibition of Read more [...]

Eccentric poker pro Tony Korfman dies at 71

Poker pro Tony Korfman was a man of many words and talents. His eccentric behavior on and off the felt is perhaps his most memorable trait, and one that will be sorely missed. At 71 years of age, the husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, poker pro and author of numerous gambling strategy guides has passed away. Korfman was a genuine character whose rapier wit was generally appreciated by all around him. His unconventional humor seemed to grow with age, as is evident in his books and Read more [...]

California Online Poker Site sets date for Real Money Launch

On July 1, 2014, the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel launched an online poker room in California. At first, it was designated for free play only – no real money involved – but the highly anticipated announcement came almost immediately. The online poker site, PrivateTable.com, would be converting to real money play. However, there were two things clearly missing; a start date for the roll out of real money poker, and passage of a California internet poker bill. For the next few weeks, the Santa Read more [...]

New Jersey’s Online Poker Market lacking in quality PLO Tournaments

Throughout the late 1900’s, Texas Holdem was the game to play for both casual and professional poker players. Those who were good at it won money, while those who weren’t contributed to the coffers of better players. That’s just how it was. When the insurgence of poker struck in the early 2000’s, the dynamics of Texas Holdem changed. There were literally so many bad players in the mix that the pros were actually losing money due to variance. As a result, PLO became the game of choice for Read more [...]

Caesars CEO comments on PokerStars future in US Online Poker markets

Caesars Acquisition Company (CAC) held its quarterly earnings call recently, and one of the topics of discussion was the state of online poker in California; particularly the possibility that PokerStars might be allowed to participate with or without the inclusion of a bad actors clause in future legislative proposals. Amaya was commended for its recent acquisition of the Rational Group, parent company of PokerStars and Full Tilt, and the fact that the buyout could result in a much cleaner slate Read more [...]

PokerStars 2014 WCOOP Schedule revealed; $40 million GTD

In the online poker community, September might as well be Christmas. That’s when PokerStars, the world’s largest online poker room, hosts the World Championship of Online Poker, the world’s largest online poker series. This year, the WCOOP events will be even bigger than ever, boasting a $40 million overall guaranteed prize pool with $10 million reserved for the Main Event alone. The 2014 WCOOP will feature 66 events. As a suitable frame of reference as to just how large the online poker Read more [...]

PokerStars and its California Partners speak out after Online Poker Bills shelved

Last week, State Senator Lou Correa announced that he was placing his California online poker bill, the Internet Poker Consumer Protection Act of 2014, on the shelf for the remainder of this legislative session. The next day, Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer followed in his footsteps, shelving his own similar online poke bill of the same name. With that, the hopes of iPoker regulations coming to fruition in California in 2014 were abandoned, but PokerStars and its aligned partners have taken the time Read more [...]