Articles by: Kevin McGrady

THE FIGHT: Transactional Waivers Signal Home Stretch for NJ iGaming

Kevin McGrady | November 5, 2013

This is the week. According to New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement Director David Rebuck, this is the week when the picture of who will be ready on November 26 to go live with online gaming in New Jersey will start to come into focus. To date, five of New Jersey’s 12 casinos have been […]

THE FIGHT: Looking Past New Jersey

Kevin McGrady | October 29, 2013

New Jersey and Delaware have commanded the online poker legislative focus the last few weeks. Justifiably so – Delaware launches its online gaming offering, including poker, on Thursday and New Jersey is set to follow in about a month. But New Jersey, Delaware and Nevada (which has had online poker since April) only represent 4% […]

THE FIGHT: Licensing Issues Raised Again

Kevin McGrady | October 22, 2013

This time last week, New Jersey gaming regulators had issued only one online gaming license. Today, that number is up to five. Golden Nugget, Trump Plaza, Trump Taj Mahal and Tropicana all passed regulatory muster in the last week, joining Borgata in New Jersey’s online gaming Promised Land. For the moment, that leaves Resorts and […]

Golden Nugget 2nd to Be Licensed in New Jersey; Trump Casinos Follow

Kevin McGrady | October 17, 2013

Yesterday the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement issued an online gaming permit to the Golden Nugget, making the casino the 2nd to be licensed for online gaming in New Jersey. DGE issued additional permits to Trump Plaza and Trump Taj Mahal this morning. The Golden Nugget established its technology partnership with Bally Technologies, a […]

THE FIGHT: Who Will Be Ready in New Jersey on November 26?

Kevin McGrady | October 15, 2013

Last week the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement issued its first internet gaming license. The lucky recipient was the Borgata. Although Borgata’s technology partner,, has not yet received its own license, it seems like DGE really does mean to launch online gaming on November 26, come hell or high water. The question now […]

Borgata Receives First NJ Internet Gaming Permit

Kevin McGrady | October 10, 2013

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement issued its first Internet gaming permit to the Borgata Hotel and Casino yesterday. The move followed a memo last week from DGE Director David Rebuck to all 12 of the Atlantic City casinos, informing them that the DGE is still targeting November 26 as the “go-live” date for […]

THE FIGHT: Social Casino Fight Shows How Far New Jersey Has Come

Kevin McGrady | October 8, 2013

The U.S. is still in legislative limbo as far as online poker goes, but things on the east coast are starting to heat up. Last week David Rebuck, Director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, sent a memo to all New Jersey casino CEOs, advising them that New Jersey is planning to launch […]

THE FIGHT: Amaya-Caesars Deal Raises Suitability Questions

Kevin McGrady | October 2, 2013

During the Global Gaming Expo last week, Amaya Gaming announced a content deal with Caesars Interactive Entertainment. These types of content deals have become commonplace in the world of online real-money gaming, especially as New Jersey prepares to launch a full suite of real-money online games. Many financial analysts have labeled the deal a “big […]

THE FIGHT: Industry Sees Challenges for State-by-State Regulation

Kevin McGrady | September 24, 2013

Last week Nevada’s second real-money poker site,, launched play, officially becoming the second licensed real-money gaming operator in the United States. This week the Global Gaming Exposition – the North American casino industry’s largest conference and trade show each year – is taking place in Las Vegas this week. G2E kicked off in Vegas […]

THE FIGHT: Caesars Moves the Ball Forward

Kevin McGrady | September 17, 2013

Caesars announced yesterday that will go live for real-money poker in Nevada on Thursday morning. The launch, which was expected over the summer, makes Caesars the second company to offer legal, licensed online gambling in the United States. “I think this is the beginning of the domino effect, the same way the state of […]

THE FIGHT: The State of the States

Kevin McGrady | September 10, 2013

The failure to pass online poker in the state of California – again! – will become official this Friday. When it does, Pennsylvania will become the only state in the nation with an active online gambling bill. That bill has been tabled by a Pennsylvania House committee chair pending the outcome of online gaming in […]

THE FIGHT: Delaware Inches Closer; PPA Slides Farther Away

Kevin McGrady | September 3, 2013

It’s a new day of the week for THE FIGHT. Now and forever we’ll be bringing you the latest regulatory updates of American poker legalization on Tuesdays. Hopefully with a new day, we’ll be able to start giving U.S. poker players some good news. That’s not the case this week. The two main threads of […]

THE FIGHT: California Online Poker Shelved Again

Kevin McGrady | August 23, 2013

After three years of squabbling among California card rooms, racetracks, tribal gaming interests and other gambling concerns, online poker players hoped that the California gaming industry would unify this year and win THE FIGHT to legalize online poker. There were encouraging signs along the way, but it looks like online poker’s Humpty Dumpty has suffered […]

Correa Heads Last-Gasp Online Poker Effort in California

Kevin McGrady | August 21, 2013

California State Sen. Lou Correa fleshed out his intrastate online poker bill this week. It was the first sign of life in months for online poker legislation in the Golden State, but overall prospects for the bill don’t look good. Correa introduced the bill, SB678, as a placeholder bill in late February. In the interim, […]