Articles by: Steve Ruddock

Historic Day for California Online Poker as AB 431 Passes GO Committee

Steve Ruddock | April 27, 2015

It was a history making day for California online poker, as the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee unanimously passed AB 431, an online poker bill introduced by GO Committee Chairman Adam Gray. The vote marks the first time a California Committee has voted on, let alone passed, an online poker bill out of a committee in […]

California Online Poker Update: Consensus Remains Elusive

Steve Ruddock | April 24, 2015

Pechanga Chairman Marc Macarro didn’t mince words when it came to the tribe’s stances on online poker issues at the recently concluded GIGse Conference in San Francisco, California. “The only entities that can play poker in California are Indian tribes and card clubs, period,” Macarro stated during a panel discussion, per Online Poker Report’s Dave […]

PA Online Gaming Hearing: Abboud Scoffed at, Lawmakers Seem Open-Minded

Steve Ruddock | April 18, 2015

The Pennsylvania House Gaming Oversight Committee played host to an online gambling hearing on Thursday, and the best way to describe the day’s proceedings would be positive. Overall, the hearing went pretty much as expected, with state lawmakers looking favorably on online gambling expansion, but exercising caution when it comes to actually moving forward with […]

PA Committee Passes HR 140 Ahead of Thursday’s Online Gaming Hearing

Steve Ruddock | April 14, 2015

With an online gambling hearing coming up later this week the Pennsylvania House Gaming Oversight Committee passed HR 140, a resolution urging Pennsylvania’s federal delegation to oppose the Restoration of America’s Wire Act bill introduced by Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), and backed by Sheldon Adelson. Thursday’s hearing will feature a number of panelists as Pennsylvania […]

PokerStars CEO Expects New Jersey Launch in Q3 of 2015

Steve Ruddock | April 7, 2015

Online poker players in New Jersey may soon get their wish, as during a recent conference call Amaya Gaming CEO David Baazov said he expects PokerStars to launch “in the next quarter.” Chris Grove of OnlinePokerReport.com later confirmed that Baazov was speaking of Q3. This is not your ordinary launch rumors. While it’s far from […]

Joe Barton Expected to Introduce Federal Online Poker Bill

Steve Ruddock | March 30, 2015

Remember Joe Barton? If you need a refresher course he was the Republican Representative from Texas  who was handed the online poker baton by retiring Massachusetts Democrat Representative Barney Frank in 2011. Since 2012 Barton has introduced several bills into the House of Representatives that would legalize online poker, but since the expansion of online […]

Anti-Gambling Witnesses Stumble Through RAWA Hearing

Steve Ruddock | March 26, 2015

In the words of former Arizona Cardinals Coach Dennis Green, they are what we thought they were! The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations held a hearing on the Sheldon Adelson-inspired Restoration of America’s Wire Act bill (RAWA for short) and there really weren’t too many surprises throughout the two hour […]

What You Need to Know About NV and DE Interstate Poker

Steve Ruddock | March 25, 2015

On Tuesday evening the long awaited pooling of online poker players between Nevada and Delaware became a reality. Delawareans logging into one of the state’s three regulated online poker sites were met with not two or three table choices but dozens, as peak traffic went from 25 to over 300 – Even this morning there […]

State of Online Gambling in the US: 9 Potential Candidates

Steve Ruddock | March 23, 2015

Part 3 of Bluff’s ongoing look at the current state of online gambling in the United States continues with a look at nine states where online gambling legislation is a possibility or where online gambling could be considered. None of these states are likely to pass online gambling legislation in the next couple years, but […]

Regulated Online Gambling Keeps Money in the Local Economy

Steve Ruddock | March 19, 2015

During peak hours traffic at regulated New Jersey online poker rooms can climb above 2,000 players. At the same time there are over 1,000 people playing online poker for real money in the state of Pennsylvania as well. This may come as a surprise to some of you who thought online poker was illegal in […]

Pechanga Coalition Continues to Oppose Racetracks and PokerStars

Steve Ruddock | March 12, 2015

On Wednesday a tribal coalition spearheaded by the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians sent a letter to Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer and key members of the California legislature opposing Jones-Sawyer’s online poker bill AB 167. The letter begins with: “The Tribal Governments shown on this letter write to advise you of our united opposition to your […]

Connecticut Exploring Expanded Gaming; Is Online a Possibility?

Steve Ruddock | March 11, 2015

With revenues on the decline and competition about to spring forth on their northern and western borders, Connecticut’s two gaming tribes, the Pequots and Mohegans have joined forces in an effort to lobby the state government to expand gaming in the state. Connecticut casinos have been hard hit in recent years, first by the recession […]

The Truth Behind Legalized Online Gambling and Job Growth

Steve Ruddock | March 6, 2015

Legalized online gaming has gotten off to a rocky start in the United States. The industry’s early struggles, partially due to outside forces and partially due to a few self-inflicted wounds, have led to widespread criticism from supporters and detractors. However, these criticisms have overshadowed some of the positive aspects legal online gaming has brought […]

Winter Storm Forces Postponement of RAWA Hearing

Steve Ruddock | March 4, 2015

A congressional subcommittee was supposed to meet Thursday morning to discuss  RAWA, the Restoration of America’s Wire Act, introduced by Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and widely believed to have been written by Sheldon Adelson and his lobbyists. As both sides ginned up their supporters in preparation for the hearing Mother Nature decided to throw a […]