2017 more realistic goal for California online poker

Lawmakers in the state of California are very busy these days. Every week, a throng of bills are proposed by Assemblymen, House Representatives and Senators, pertaining to various matters of importance. This year, like many so many years before, the topic of online poker regulation has surfaced on dual platforms, and despite a strong desire for unity and passage in 2015, there’s just no way Californians can expect to be playing legal online poker this year. The two bills in question are Assemblyman Read more [...]

New Nevada bill could hurt WSOP, eliminate Poker Tournament Staking

There are just as many types of poker players in the world as there are hands that can be taken to showdown. One common type is the experienced player who seeks to hedge their bankroll by use of poker tournament staking, especially in more expensive events like the WSOP. Now, a new bill introduced by the Nevada Gaming Control Board could eliminate these types of co-dependent poker players from participating in the World Series of Poker. The new bill, SB 40, is designed to thwart money laundering Read more [...]

Online Poker Bill from California Assemblyman Jones-Sawyer, AB 167 introduced

Last year, Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer vowed to amend and reintroduced his failed attempt at getting internet poker regulated in the state. Although fellow Assemblyman Mike Gatto beat him to the punch by introducing AB 9 in December, Jones-Sawyer’s promised California online poker bill AB 167, finally arrived on Tuesday. “The reintroduction of this legislation comes on the heels of a very thoughtful and collaborative discussion process that included substantial input from both the state’s Read more [...]

WSOP owners put online poker players at ease after Caesars files bankruptcy

Last week, the Caesars Entertainment Operating Company filed for bankruptcy. Considering how well the Caesars-owned World Series of Poker and its online poker divisions in Nevada and New Jersey have performed, that may come as a bit of a shock for those who didn’t already hear the news. Fortunately, according to a video address by Chairman Gary Loveman, none of the company’s normal operations, including the live WSOP and online poker via WSOP.com, will be affected. According to Loveman, the Read more [...]

Amaya Gaming announces PokerStars Sportsbook coming in Q1 2015

A statement from the Amaya Gaming Group was released last week announcing that the upcoming launch of the PokerStars Sportsbook is ahead of schedule. Previously expected to go live ‘sometime this year’, the sports betting division of the world’s largest online poker site is now slated for Q1 2015. According to the press release, which included an update on the PokerStars Sportsbook rollout, “The sports betting product will launch within the PokerStars poker client in certain markets,” Read more [...]

Poker pro Gus Hansen invests millions in alternative card game, Bridge

Danish poker pro Gus Hansen, aka The Great Dane, is one of the most recognizable professionals of our time. He has 1 WSOP bracelet, 2 WPT titles and around $10 million in live tournament winnings under his belt. But to his discredit, he may be more famous for having lost over $20 million playing online poker at Full Tilt. Perhaps that has something to do with his latest decision to abstain from Hold’em games, converting his attention, and millions, to another old card gaming favorite. Hansen Read more [...]

California Online Poker Bill AB 9 to undergo multiple revisions, says Gatto

Last month, Assemblyman Mike Gatto introduced a new California online poker bill to the 2015 legislative session. It’s received a great deal of critique thus far from legislators, land-based operators and the poker playing community. Yesterday, Gatto announced in a press release a series of major amendments under consideration. According to the press release, Gatto spent the last two months congregating with experts in the fields of online commerce, security and technology before coming up with Read more [...]

New domain suffix .POKER sure to attract online poker affiliates

Calling all owners of poker related websites; a new domain suffix, .POKER, is soon to be available. The news came down last week when Afilias, an international domain registry service, announced the upcoming launch of .POKER domains in a global press release. According to the publication, the sale of the new online poker oriented domain suffix will occur in a triad of phases. The first phase, deemed a “Sunrise” period, will commence on February 5, lasting through March 7, but is open only Read more [...]

MFC error on NJ Party Borgata network could receive fix during GSSS II

Players on New Jersey’s Party Borgata online poker network, made up of Party Poker NJ and Borgata Poker, have been experiencing some very irritating MFC errors lately. Dating back several months now, the network finally accepted responsibility and announced it was working on a solution. Unfortunately, much to the dismay of participants in the first Garden State Super Series, that solution may come during the GSSS II. Those who took part in the network’s first GSSS online poker series last Read more [...]

Analysts blame waning Online Poker industry on ‘Sharks’

A number of reports have surfaced recently in which today’s most skilled online poker players are being blamed for a steady demise of the industry. It’s a story of bumhunting sharks versus unsuspecting pools of fish. And while the online poker industry isn’t exactly falling apart on a global scope, there could be some merit to the accusations. As we’ve already seen in the US, where three states went live with regulated online poker markets in 2013, none of them are generating a substantial Read more [...]