Articles by: Steve Ruddock

California Assemblyman Reschedules iPoker Bill for August Hearing

Steve Ruddock | July 14, 2015

So you’re saying there’s a chance? A week after pulling it from a July 8th hearing, California Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer announced his online poker bill, AB 167, has been rescheduled. Jones-Sawyer’s bill will be heard at an August hearing in front of the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee according to EGR North America. The exact date […]

Hope All But Gone After Online Poker Bills Pulled From CA Hearing

Steve Ruddock | July 9, 2015

Following the removal of Mike Gatto’s AB 9 and Reggie Jones-Sawyer’s AB 167 online poker bills from a Wednesday hearing, it’s time to start writing the obituary for California’s online poker hopes in 2015. Just be sure to end it with the same line that has accompanied the past six obituaries, “Next year looks promising.” […]

Rhode Island’s First Poker Room Slated to Open in August

Steve Ruddock | July 2, 2015

Before the autumn leaves begin to fall from the New England trees, Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island will likely deal the state’s first hand of legal poker. According to a recent press release, Twin River will be opening a new 16-table poker room sometime in August. The casino will also add eight to […]

Lindsey Graham Reintroduces RAWA in the US Senate

Steve Ruddock | June 25, 2015

Wednesday afternoon saw a flurry of activity regarding online gambling. While California was busy debating legalizing online poker, word came down that South Carolina Senator and Presidential hopeful Lindsey Graham had officially reintroduced the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA) bill in the United States Senate. RAWA would ban several forms of online gambling including […]

Today’s Hearing a Barometer for California Online Poker

Steve Ruddock | June 24, 2015

A hearing slated to take place in front of the California Assembly Governmental Organization Committee on Wednesday afternoon should provide a clear picture of online poker’s chances in 2015. View the full agenda here. The hearing is slated to take place at 1:30 PM PST (4:30 PM on the East Coast) and will be chaired […]

Massachusetts on Cusp of Joining the Ranks of Gaming States

Steve Ruddock | June 18, 2015

After a long, hard-fought battle for expanded gaming in the Bay State, we are now just a week away from Massachusetts’ first brick & mortar casino opening its doors. That honor won’t be held by Wynn’s Everett project or MGM’s Springfield casino, instead it will go to Plainridge Park Casino, a slot parlor located at […]

Pennsylvania Senate Puts Forward Highly Flawed Online Gambling Bill

Steve Ruddock | June 11, 2015

On Tuesday evening, Pennsylvania Senate Bill No. 900 was introduced into the record, just a day ahead of an important gaming reform hearing in front of the Pennsylvania CERD Committee. Pennsylvania SB 900 was sponsored by Senator Kim Ward, and cosponsored by such notable legislators as Senate President pro tempore Joe Scarnati. SB 900 covers […]

Opinion: Bad Actor Clauses are Exclusionary and Unnecessary

Steve Ruddock | June 4, 2015

When states first started exploring online gaming expansion the idea of a Bad Actor clause seemed like an appropriate way to safeguard the prospective industries and allow for fair competition. These Bad Actor clauses would more or less prohibit companies that offered online gambling/poker in the U.S. after December 31, 2006 from applying for an […]

Legislative Scramble: PA Op-Ed and 2nd CA Committee Ok’s AB 431

Steve Ruddock | May 29, 2015

Welcome to the first installment of Bluff’s weekly overview of the progress of online gaming legislation in the United States. Not surprisingly, Pennsylvania and California continue to dominate the online gaming headlines and will therefore feature prominently in this column, as both states continue to work towards passage of an online gaming bill. Even though […]

Pechanga Rescinds Neutrality to California Online Poker Bill

Steve Ruddock | May 27, 2015

The California Assembly Appropriations Committee will vote on AB 431, Adam Gray’s online poker bill that unanimously passed (20-0) the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee on April 27. The bill’s fate in the Appropriations Committee has suddenly become far less certain, as AB 431 lost a crucial bloc of support this week. First reported by GamblingCompliance’s […]

PokerStars Ramps Up Lobbying Efforts in California

Steve Ruddock | May 18, 2015

*Update 5/19/2015:  The PokerStars demo and Play-For-Fun online tournament with pros Daniel Negreanu and Jason Somerville is being moved from the Sheraton to the Legislative Office Building, Hearing Rm. 100. The press briefing time slot remains the same, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. The “open house” from 10 a.m. – noon has been canceled for now. Original […]

New York Latest State to Introduce Online Poker Bill

Steve Ruddock | May 15, 2015

First reported by Chris Grove of, New York State Senator John Bonacic has reintroduced legislation to legalize online poker in the Empire State. Bonacic introduced S 5302, a bill that would amend current New York laws to allow certain forms of interactive poker games, on May 13, 2015. New York was one of a […]

A Tale Of Two iGaming Polls In Pennsylvania

Steve Ruddock | May 11, 2015

Last week the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling (CSIG) happily flaunted a poll, conducted by Harper Polling, that indicated the vast majority of Pennsylvanians had an unfavorable view of online gaming expansion. It should be noted Harper did not release the flow they used in asking these questions, so it’s unclear when in the process […]

Online Gaming Expansion Talks Heat Up Heading Into Summer

Steve Ruddock | May 5, 2015

Wave 2 of online gaming expansion in the United States may soon be upon us. This is a significant development considering the first wave of regulated online gaming in the U.S. occurred back in 2013. Nevada was the first state to go live in late April followed by Delaware and New Jersey in October and […]