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New York Online Poker Put to Sleep Again as Session Ends

New York Online Poker Put to Sleep Again as Session Ends

June 21st, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

Another legislative session ends in New York without passing a bill to legalize online poker. It’s a variation on the same story told every year, and though the processes have changed, the end result is the same. As it happened, many bills were left untouched when the session ended on Wednesday, June 20. Even the sports betting proposals, which seemed to have significant support on both sides of the legislature, was left in a... 

Oregon Lottery Rules Against Poker Room

Oregon Lottery Rules Against Poker Room

June 20th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

Poker in Oregon is in a state of flux. And it may be the Oregon Court of Appeals that decides the fate of more than a dozen live poker rooms across the state. After nearly two years of warring with words and threats, the Oregon Lottery took a stand against Portland Meadows, a racetrack that offers pari-mutuel wagering, video lottery terminals, poker, chess, esports, and fantasy sports. That poker room operates as a social game,... 

No Casinos Show Interest in Pennsylvania Online Gaming

No Casinos Show Interest in Pennsylvania Online Gaming

June 19th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

It took years for legislators in Pennsylvania to pass the bill it did in 2017 to legalize online poker and casino games. It took conversations and debates, negotiations and changes, but in the end, it was worth it. The legislature passed it, Governor Tom Wolf signed it, and the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board was ready to establish a framework and begin the licensing process. The PGCB worked through the beginning of 2018 to prepare... 

Poker Hall of Fame Submissions Still Open

Poker Hall of Fame Submissions Still Open

June 19th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

A unique opportunity is currently open to poker enthusiasts around the world. Everyone is welcome to nominate a person in the poker world for possible induction into the Poker Hall of Fame. There are currently 54 people who have been honored with spots in the Poker Hall of Fame, which was founded by Binion’s Horseshoe in Las Vegas and now carried on by Caesars Entertainment in association with the World Series of Poker. And every... 

New Jersey Online Poker Revenue Up in May

New Jersey Online Poker Revenue Up in May

June 15th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

It is becoming clear that New Jersey online poker revenue is on a roller coaster ride in 2018. None of the 2018 monthly revenue totals for New Jersey’s online gaming market show poker exceeding or even matching numbers from 2017, but the continuous downswing of 2017 seems to be over. Poker online has been fluctuating month after month this year, and May was another month that saw it improve from the previous month. While there... 

Negreanu Teaches a Poker MasterClass

Negreanu Teaches a Poker MasterClass

June 14th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

One of the most famous sayings in poker came from Mike Sexton during his time with the World Poker Tour: It takes a minute to learn and a lifetime to master. Few people actually master the game of poker. It is a game that requires skill but also experience and something else that has no name, really. It’s a feeling, a proclivity, something that ties the person to the game in an intimate way. The person has to have more than an... 

Lawful Internet Gaming Act Passes Michigan House

Lawful Internet Gaming Act Passes Michigan House

June 13th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

Michigan State Representative Brandt Iden did it. He found the support needed to pass the Lawful Internet Gaming Act through the House of Representatives before the end of the spring legislative session, and the bill now heads to the Senate for consideration later this year. Iden began championing online poker and casino games in September 2017, taking the House side of the fight for online gaming to complement State Senator Mike... 

Doyle Brunson to Retire from Poker

Doyle Brunson to Retire from Poker

June 12th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

A person announcing retirement at the age of 84 is generally not face with responses of sadness and disappointment. But when that person is a legend and a trailblazer, fans often have difficulties trying to process the news. Such is the case of Doyle Brunson, who played his last World Series of Poker tournament this week. He announced on social media that the event would be hist last, and he expanded on that statement in a subsequent... 

Judge Dismisses Charges Against Former Amaya CEO

Judge Dismisses Charges Against Former Amaya CEO

June 11th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

The case was years in the making. The charges against David Baazov were so severe that he was forced to resign from the company he oversaw and grew through its acquisition of PokerStars. The Stars Group distanced itself from him and his business dealings in order to garner its coveted foothold in the new United States market. Baazov’s brother and close friend were also charged in the case from the Quebec securities regulator. And... 

Global Glance: PartyPoker EU Launches, Swedish Laws Approved

Global Glance: PartyPoker EU Launches, Swedish Laws Approved

June 9th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

The weekly Global Glance looks at the online poker scene around the world. What happens with online poker and gambling beyond America’s borders can and often does impact the state of online poker in the United States. It was a big week for PartyPoker, as its dot-EU collaboration launched to join its French and Spanish players on one shared liquidity network. Sweden’s parliament officially and unanimously passed its new online... 

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