Articles by: Chris Krafcik

THE FIGHT: Reid and Kyl Cause Impasse, D.C. Lobbying Efforts Continue

Chris Krafcik | September 21, 2012

On Capitol Hill, Senate leaders have reached an impasse on whether to move forward with their Internet poker push. Last week, the National Journal reported that Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Minority Whip Jon Kyl could not agree on a strategy to move their draft bill, which would authorize poker while tightening restrictions […]

THE FIGHT: Lipparelli Hints at Intrastate Future, Zynga Getting Ready for Real Money

Chris Krafcik | July 30, 2012

During a meeting of the Nevada Gaming Policy Committee this week, Mark Lipparelli, chairman of the state Gaming Control Board, projected that intrastate Internet poker could be on offer before the next legislative session begins in February. He said that Internet poker license applications submitted by casino operators including Caesars Entertainment and Wynn Resorts will […]

THE FIGHT: Harry Reid and Jon Kyl Agree on Internet Poker Bill

Chris Krafcik | July 14, 2012

This week, GamblingCompliance.com reported that Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader from Nevada, and John Kyl, the minority whip from Arizone, have agreed on terms for an Internet poker bill. Although the report said Reid’s office did not respond to requests for comment, it quoted John Pappas, executive director of the Poker Players Alliance, as […]

THE FIGHT: Delaware Joins Nevada in Regulating Online Poker

Chris Krafcik | June 30, 2012

Big news, Bluffers: A Delaware bill authorizing the state lottery and the three racetrack casinos it regulates to offer various forms of Internet gambling, including poker, became law this week. The bill, which was approved by the Senate on Wednesday in a 14-6 vote, was quickly signed into law on Thursday by Democratic Gov. Jack […]

THE FIGHT: Nevada Gaming Commission Approves First Online Licenses

Chris Krafcik | June 23, 2012

THE FIGHT, presented by Chris Krafcik, brings you the latest headlines and insight from the attempts to regulate online poker in the United States. The Delaware Senate Executive Committee this week approved a bill, HB333, that would authorize the state lottery and the three racetrack casinos it regulates to offer various forms of Internet gambling, […]

THE FIGHT: Obama Gives States Power, Opposition Voices Grow Louder

Chris Krafcik | May 25, 2012

No mind-blowing legislative developments this week, BLUFFers. The Obama administration on Saturday signaled that it is up to states to decide whether to legalize and regulate Internet gambling within their borders. Brian Deese, deputy director of the National Economic Council, said that while Internet sports betting is prohibited by federal law, the administration believes states […]

THE FIGHT: Delaware, Illinois Move Forward, Nevada Issues Warning

Chris Krafcik | May 18, 2012

It was a big week for Internet gambling legislation, BLUFFers. Let’s get to it. The Delaware House Committee on Gaming and Parimutuels on Thursday released a bill that would permit the state’s racetrack casinos to operate Internet poker and casino games. For those of us that don’t live in Delaware and never intend to visit […]

THE FIGHT: No Change for Barton Bill, MGM Pushing Federal, Bwin Goes Tribal

Chris Krafcik | May 11, 2012

No change in the Capitol Hill Co-Sponsor Count this week, BLUFFers. According to GovTrack.us, Texas Rep. Joe Barton’s Internet poker bill, H.R. 2366, has 30 supporters, while California Rep. John Campbell’s Internet gambling bill, H.R. 1174, remains close behind with 29. On MGM Resorts’ first-quarter earnings presentation last week, Chief Executive Jim Murren told analysts […]

THE FIGHT: The Latest on the Regulation of Online Poker

Chris Krafcik | May 4, 2012

In the newest addition to BluffMagazine.com, Chris Krafcik presents The Fight with the latest headlines and insight from the attempts to regulate online poker in the United States. This is his debut column. Another week in Internet poker politics. Another batch of delicious news bytes. Time to strap your speed-read on, BLUFFers. Let’s kick things […]