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As in many states in America, laws relating to poker in Oregon are complicated. That makes the situation between Portland Meadows and the Oregon Lottery even more problematic as it pertains to the legality of poker rooms. The yearlong battle is coming to a head at the end of October, as the Oregon Lottery has set a date to revoke the video lottery license of Portland Meadows, which offers the largest selection of video lottery terminals in the state. But
Just days ago, the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma announced that it received an online gaming license from the Isle of Man and was in the process of finalizing a deal with an “internationally-known brand” with regard to the online poker software involved. A new general manager was also to be announced in preparation for the launch of its online poker site. Days later, a lawsuit filed by the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes alleges Universal Entertainment Group, creator of the software
There are only two states out of the 50 in America with no legalized gambling: Utah and Hawaii. The former has a deeply religious population and happily maintains its exception from the gambling culture of the United States. Hawaii, however, has abstained from joining the industry because of the precarious status of an island nation that depends on tourists for its sustainability. But even Hawaii, with its pristine beaches and unique culture, has taken to considering gambling in the past
The process of players recovering from Black Friday, at least financially, is finally winding down and looks as if it could be complete by the end of 2017. Garden City Group did not post a new update, but former players on Absolute Poker and/or UltimateBet online poker sites are reporting via social media that payments are being recorded in their bank accounts this week. This is the next round of payments since the process began less than six months ago.
Reading recent headlines may lead a person to believe that the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma is prepared to launch an online poker website from the United States with services offered to international players. News reports surfaced this week that the Iowa Tribe obtained an online gaming license from the Isle of Man’s Gambling Supervision Commission and plans to launch the website this year. Some may recognize this story from last year or the year before. The Iowa Tribe has been
It was exciting for online poker fans to imagine a state like Michigan legalizing and regulating games this year. Legislators only began introducing bills last year, and momentum increased two-fold in 2017. But even with more support and compromises, it is unlikely to happen this year. The good news, however, is that online gaming is much more likely to happen for Michigan in 2018. Impressive Movement in 2017 For the second year in a row, State Senator Mike Kowall introduced
In the most unsurprising online poker news, California will not legalize online poker in 2017. It was all but certain that nothing would happen after the initial movement in the first few months of the year. News out of the Golden State in March indicated that lawmakers had little confidence in positive discussions with all interested parties. And when one of the members of the PokerStars coalition withdrew from the group, it seemed as if the last of the air
In the middle of the July heat in Las Vegas, a 25-year-old poker player from New Jersey won the World Series of Poker Main Event. Not only did Scott Blumstein play through a field of 7,221 players, all of whom paid $10K to play, he won $8.15 million for winning the biggest and most prestigious poker tournament in the world. But opening New Jersey sites 888poker and WSOP in New Jersey (or the latter in Nevada) won’t tell that story.
The New Jersey online gaming market continues to grow and collect more revenue with each passing month. New records are set regularly, and August 2017 brought yet another one, becoming the sixth consecutive month that the market collected more than $20 million in revenue for the state. According to the Division of Gaming Enforcement, August was another banner month with a monthly 32% increase from the previous year. While online poker increased only slightly, online casino games kept the burgeoning
The Poker Players Alliance has been immersed in the battle for legal and regulated poker in the United States, especially in the online sphere, since 2005. The organization’s scope has expanded in recent years to include online gaming, as long as internet poker is also at stake, because the two are often examined together. New Jersey is the most prominent and successful example, and that has forced the PPA to change course from its original mission. However, the main goal