Mar 30, 2015 |

Joe Barton Expected to Introduce Federal Online Poker Bill

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 […]

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Jul 26, 2013 |

THE FIGHT: Titus Toes the Nevada Line

Summer continues to be a slow season for movement in THE FIGHT to legalize online poker. After last week’s double feature in Congress, the only notable development in Washington this week was a call from Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV) for a hearing on online gambling in the House. “Previous efforts in Congress to create a […]

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Jul 19, 2013 |

THE FIGHT: Hot Air Emanates from Capitol Hill

The poker regulatory action centered on Washington this week. Both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate got in on the fun, but by the end of the week many people were scratching their heads and wondering what, if anything, had been accomplished. Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) and the Poker Players Alliance got things […]

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Jul 16, 2013 |

Barton Hasn’t Spoken to Reid About Internet Poker Legalization

During a media call today to promote his online poker bill, Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) disclosed that he hasn’t spoken to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) or Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) at all this legislative session about coordinating efforts in Congress to legalize online poker. Barton, talking about the Internet Poker Freedom Act he […]

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Jul 12, 2013 |

THE FIGHT: Barton Bill is a False Hope

Yesterday Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) introduced the provocatively titled Internet Poker Freedom Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill, like a similar measure that Barton introduced in 2011, seeks to legalize online poker on the federal level and was greeted with a muted cheer by U.S. poker players. Muted, because they have learned […]

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Feb 22, 2013 |

THE FIGHT: Nevada Lines Up for Interstate Poker

It was a week of expected developments in THE FIGHT to legalize online poker, with one unexpected development thrown into the mix. Let’s start with the expected. Yesterday, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signed an amendment to Nevada’s intrastate online poker law that allows Nevada to enter into online poker agreements with other states without waiting […]

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Feb 21, 2013 |

Power 20: The Eight Who Fell Off The List From 2012

Annie Duke is one of eight members of the 2012 Power 20 not on the 2013 list. Each year BLUFF sends out ballots to a wide array of professionals in the industry to see who they think are 20 most powerful people in the game. The fluid market keeps the list in a constant state […]

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Jun 23, 2012 |

THE FIGHT: Nevada Gaming Commission Approves First Online Licenses

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, […]

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May 18, 2012 |

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

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 […]

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May 4, 2012 |

THE FIGHT: The Latest on the Regulation of Online Poker

In the newest addition to, 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 […]

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Mar 1, 2012 |

The 2012 BLUFF Power 20: Poker’s Most Influential People

The full BLUFF Power 20 article appears in the March issue of BLUFF. The full list will be revealed throughout the day Thursday via @bluffmagazine and updates to this story. The last year has seen the poker industry undergo a massive shift. When the United States government stepped in and shut down the three largest […]

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Oct 31, 2011 |

The Week That Was: San Remo, Foxwoods, the HoF & the Hearing

Johnson and Greenstein are the Poker HOF Class of 2011 It has been a busy week with news from Washington, the Poker Hall of Fame, San Remo, and Foxwoods.  If you’re interested in tournament results, political forecasting, living legends of poker, or the Player of the Year race, we’ve got a little something to please […]

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