Jun 19, 2014 |

Massachusetts Senate Rejects iGaming Budgetary Amendment

Massachusetts may have just officially closed the door on online gambling expansion in 2014. The Massachusetts Senate is currently deliberating the state budget and chose to reject State Senator Michael F. Rush’s budgetary amendment that would have allowed the state lottery to expand into certain forms of online gambling. According to the text of the […]

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Jun 9, 2014 |

Adelson-Backed RAWA Online Gambling Bills Stall in Congress

Since their introduction back in March 26, 2014 the Restoration of Americas Wire Act (RAWA) bills introduced in the Senate by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and the US House of Representatives by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) the legislation has failed to gain any serious momentum, and by and large has been mostly forgotten outside of […]

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Jun 2, 2014 |

Pennsylvania Senator Expected to Introduce Online Poker Bill

Tomorrow the Pennsylvania Senate will host an online gambling hearing, and as a precursor to the hearing State Senator Edwin Erickson has announced his plans to introduce an online gambling bill that would legalize online poker in the state, which was first reported by onlinepokerreport.com. Erickson’s bill calls for the following: “Bad Actor” clause set […]

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May 29, 2014 |

Newly Proposed Federal Bill Contains Online Poker Carveout

According to Nevada journalist Jon Ralston, a new bill is “being floated around DC” that would ban online gambling with the notable exception of online poker. Ralston posted a draft of the legislation, dubbed the Internet Gambling Prohibition and Control Act of 2014 on his RalstonReports.com website. The bill has not been introduced at this […]

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May 28, 2014 |

MA State Treasurer Remains Optimistic on Online Gambling

Massachusetts State Treasurer and gubernatorial hopeful Steve Grossman has been one of the biggest cheerleaders for online gambling expansion in the commonwealth, and even with the legislature’s decision to take a more watchful approach, Grossman recently restated his desire to see Massachusetts among the early adopters of iGaming in the US. Grossman’s latest online gambling […]

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May 24, 2014 |

PokerStars Steals the Show at California iGaming Conference

During their recent online poker hearing in front of the California State Assembly’s Governmental Organization Committee the attendees went out of their way to not mention PokerStars by name. A stark contrast to Thursday’s iGaming Conference hosted by Capitol Weekly where PokerStars was not only mentioned, it was the chief topic of conversation throughout the […]

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May 21, 2014 |

AGA Withdraws from Online Gambling Fight Amid Infighting

The big story of the day was the news that the American Gaming Association (AGA) will be pulling out of the online gambling fight due to infighting amongst its members according to the Wall Street Journal. This does not mean the AGA is now opposed to online gambling, it simply means they are withdrawing from […]

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May 19, 2014 |

Pennsylvania Legislators Remain Split on Online Gambling

Among the handful of states considering online gambling expansion, Pennsylvania presents us with the most difficult tea leaves to read. One day it looks like lawmakers are ready to move forward and the next day it appears that expansion is off the table, only to be resurrected once again a few days later. Online gambling […]

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May 15, 2014 |

3 iGaming Panels on East Coast Gaming Congress Agenda

On May 19th, at the Borgata Hotel and Casino, 888.com CEO Brian Mattingley will kick off the 18th East Coast Gaming Congress (ECGC) with a keynote address focusing on iGaming expansion in the United States. Following Mattingley’s speech there will be three separate panel discussions with some of the most notable iGaming executives, lawmakers, and […]

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May 13, 2014 |

Indiana Should Consider Online Gambling, But They Won’t

With casino revenue down roughly 15% since 2009 Indiana is looking for new ways to increase gambling revenue according to an article at fairfieldcitizenonline.com.¬†One potential solution not mentioned in the article could be expansion into online gambling. Unfortunately, this is a solution Indiana lawmakers are unlikely to even consider. Why it should happen Indiana relies […]

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May 11, 2014 |

Poll Indicates Modest Public Support for Online Gambling

The results of a recent Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll first reported on by Wayne Parry of the Associated Press do not bode well for online gambling advocates, as respondents were decidedly opposed to legalizing online gambling by over a two-to-one margin; 27% for and 63% against, with 10% undecided or without opinion. These numbers […]

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May 8, 2014 |

Another Online Poker Bill Introduced in New York

A near identical bill to the legislation introduced in the state senate by Senator John Bonacic (S 6913) in late March has been introduced by longtime democrat assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow, who represents New York’s 89th District. The bill Pretlow’s bill (A09509) seeks to amend the current laws governing racing and pari-mutuel wagers in the […]

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May 6, 2014 |

Massachusetts Gambling Expansion in Jeopardy

Massachusetts is typically held up by conservatives as an example of liberal ideas run amok, thanks to my home state’s combination of a high-cost of living and the state legislature’s overwhelmingly Democratic tilt, over 70%, while the federal delegation from Massachusetts is made up entirely of Democrats. That being said, beneath all of the layers […]

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May 2, 2014 |

Pennsylvania Hearing Cools Off Online Gambling Expectations

Pennsylvania is seen as one of the stronger contenders to pass an online gambling bill, but looks can be deceiving, as we learned on Thursday. Thursday saw the House Democratic Policy Committee host an informal online gambling hearing that left observers with a far more pessimistic view of the legislature’s ability to pass an online […]

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