Poker News - Laws, Regulation & Legislation

Ultimate Gaming Finishes Field Test, Wins Full Regulatory Approval

Friday, 26th July 2013

The company that runs the first regulated online poker site in the United States, Ultimate Gaming, this week won full regulatory approval from the Nevada Gaming Commission, after operating a “field trial” for the past ninety days, according to a story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Operation under close observation

Zynga Ditches Drive for Real-Money Online Gambling in U.S.

Thursday, 25th July 2013

In what amounts to a very substantial change of plans for a company that many expected to play a prominent role in America’s regulated market for real-money online gambling, Zynga announced today that they are effectively abandoning the U.S. RMG industry. The company phrased it in slightly softer terms, of

Mississippi Casino Revenue Takes a Dip in June

Wednesday, 24th July 2013

Casino revenue in the Gulf Coast state of Mississippi was down in June over the same period in 2012, this according to a report published by Bloomberg Business Week. Mississippi offers casinos along its Gulf coastline, and also has river casinos. Bloomberg reported that May figures were more optimistic, with

Revel Slots Rebate Offer Not a Big Win with Customers

Tuesday, 23rd July 2013

Revel Casino has been working hard to shed its image as one of Atlantic City’s biggest losers, though its new promotion designed to make slot machine players feel like winners is turning out to do anything but. In June, Revel announced a promotion that began on July 1. Under its

MGM and Hyatt Loyalty Partnership Taking Off

Monday, 22nd July 2013

Last week a party was held to honor the success of a partnership announced last month between Chicago, Illinois-based Hyatt Hotels and MGM Resorts International that effectively merges the two companies’ customer loyalty programs. MGM’s rewards program is known as M Life, whereas Hyatt maintains the Gold Passport loyalty program.

Tewksbury, Massachusetts Casino Plan Takes a Step Forward

Saturday, 20th July 2013

This week a Board of Selectmen in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, approved a host agreement with Penn National, a gaming company based in Pennsylvania, to open and run a slots only parlor there. As Massachusetts is in the process of expanding its land-based casino offerings as an effort to compete with casinos

Harry Reid Now Singing the Praises of Former Whipping Boy Dean Heller

Friday, 19th July 2013

Earlier this year when a bill that would have regulated online poker at the federal level failed to gain any traction in Congress, Nevada Democratic Senator Harry Reid did not hold back in terms of laying the blame at the feet of the junior Senator from his home state, Dean

Revel Atlantic City Said to be Refusing Slot Refund Promotion to Some Customers

Thursday, 18th July 2013

Having emerged from bankruptcy protection only a couple of months ago, Revel Atlantic City has been working hard to remake its image and in turn, its bottom line. As part of its efforts since it successfully completed a restructuring which saw creditors accepting equity in exchange for debt repayment, Revel

Springfield MA Voters Approve MGM Casino Plan

Wednesday, 17th July 2013

In a public referendum held on Tuesday, voters in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts overwhelmingly approved a plan to construct an MGM casino there. Majority of voters ticked yes for the plan Tuesday’s election saw a roughly 24 percent voter turnout in Springfield, which is the second-largest metropolitan area in

Bally Technologies Will Spend $1.3 Billion to Buy SHFL Entertainment

Tuesday, 16th July 2013

Word came today that two stalwart companies of the gaming industry – Bally Technologies and SHFL Entertainment – will join forces as Bally plans to buy out SHFL Entertainment for the price of $1.3 billion. SHFL Entertainment was formerly known as Shuffle Master, having changed its name last year in