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The overall picture of online gambling in New Jersey is positive, showing significant growth since the industry launched in November 2013. Last year delivered another growth spurt of nearly 25% and put the total gross gaming revenue over the $770 million mark at the end of 2017. The dissected picture, however, shows that the revenue increases have been coming primarily from the online casino games sector, as online poker has been on a relatively consistent downswing for more than a
The poker world was informed today of the loss of one of its most memorable players, Paul “X-22” Magriel. He died this week at the age of 71. Most in the poker world learned of Magriel’s death from his longtime friend Erik Seidel and several others who tweeted the news or spread the word among friends. A staple at the poker tables through the years, Magriel was a memorable player and holds important places in the history of the game.
After more than a decade of representing online poker in America, the Poker Players Alliance is at a crossroads. The advocacy group needs a fairly sizeable amount of money in donations before the end of this month to keep functioning, and with the ability to raise those funds in question, it is considering other options. A significant majority of survey respondents indicated that they support the PPA advocating for sports betting as well as poker. This may be the key
The weekly Global Glance takes a look 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. Another week brought more news about the European online poker liquidity project, as Italy finally showed signs of advancement. Elsewhere in Europe, however, the European Union rejected Hungary’s online gaming framework. Speaking of framework, the Remote Gambling Association published some new
Connecticut was not one of the states voted most likely to legalize and regulate online poker in 2018, but that may be changing. Legislators have called for proposals to study the impact of gaming on Connecticut and the potential viability of expanding gambling to include things like sports betting. And the entirety of the state’s gambling future is scheduled to be discussed at a March 8 public hearing. Tribes: A Powerful Force in Connecticut The small state on the eastern
Sponsorships have been a significant part of the online poker scene since 2003 when Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker Main Event. PokerStars realized the marketing power of Moneymaker and his story – not to mention his name – and other sites followed that lead. Within a few short years, nearly every poker site sponsored at least one or two players, while many of the major sites created large rosters of pros. Black Friday ended much of that
Winamax has blazed a new trail in the world of online poker since it was founded in 1999. It has been a market leader in France for many years, and its roster of sponsored players has always served a specific purpose. The pros have been an effective marketing tool in many cases. In the past year, however, Winamax has been choosing its new pros for sponsorships very purposefully. Instead of catering to its French base, Winamax has chosen a number
Online poker sites of all sizes come and go, but without regulation and proper licensing, those poker operators are accountable to no one. Another site has now come and gone. In a matter of just a few years, JaoPoker came and left, giving players without many online poker options a new opportunity to play but then disappearing within the last week without a trace. Players have no recourse, as a site based outside of the United States with no license
The weekly Global Glance takes a look 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. Over the last week, it has become apparent that Portugal is anxious to join the European online poker liquidity network but continues to experience delays, while Winamax is pushing hard for licenses to join PokerStars on that network within the next
The players beat the house. The Nevada Gaming Control Board ruled for the players and against Station Casinos in the case of the unpaid bad beat jackpot. On a technicality, Red Rock Casino ordered a sizeable jackpot go unpaid, but the players took the situation to the regulatory body that oversees such decisions. It was a rare situation in which the house didn’t have the final say, and the players walked away with their prize money. Players Win a Jackpot!