Jun 11, 2015 |

Pennsylvania Senate Puts Forward Highly Flawed Online Gambling Bill

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 […]

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May 29, 2015 |

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

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 […]

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May 11, 2015 |

A Tale Of Two iGaming Polls In Pennsylvania

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 […]

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May 5, 2015 |

Online Gaming Expansion Talks Heat Up Heading Into Summer

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 […]

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Apr 18, 2015 |

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

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 […]

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Apr 14, 2015 |

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

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 […]

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Mar 19, 2015 |

Regulated Online Gambling Keeps Money in the Local Economy

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 […]

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Feb 26, 2015 |

New Online Poker Bill Introduced in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania State Representative John Payne revealed his vision for online gaming expansion in the Keystone State on Thursday  when he unveiled his online gaming expansion bill in the House of Representatives. Interestingly, Payne’s bill, HB 649, would only legalize online poker in Pennsylvania, not online gambling, although the legislation seems to leave the door for […]

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Jan 5, 2015 |

The State of US Online Gambling: States Considering Expansion

Our four-part series covering the state of online gambling in the United States continues on with a look at the eight states that are seriously considering passing online gambling legislation or expanding their gaming options (Casino, Poker and/or Lottery) into the online arena in 2015. In this installment we’ll cover California, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, […]

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Dec 18, 2014 |

Kentucky State Senator Wants to Ban Online Gambling

*This column has been amended to include a clarification by KY State Senator Mike Wilson. Online gambling expansion is a hot topic of debate all across the country, with lawmakers in states as geographically distant and politically diverse as Pennsylvania and California clamoring to expand their gaming options into the online realm. Yet there are […]

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Dec 11, 2014 |

RAWA Absent from Spending Bill; Could be Reintroduced in 2015

The final draft of the 1,600-page, $1.1 Trillion, Cromnibus/Omnibus spending bill has been revealed, and to the great joy of the poker and iGaming communities Sheldon Adelson’s Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA) did not make the final cut. This despite reported heavy lobbying efforts to insert it into the must-pass spending bill. Even with […]

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Nov 10, 2014 |

New Governor of Pennsylvania Could Slow Online Gambling Expansion

Pennsylvania is widely regarded as one of the frontrunners for online gambling expansion in 2015, but as they say, “Elections matter,” and the results of last Tuesday’s midterm elections may have serious implications for online gambling in the Keystone State. Pennsylvania bucked the national trend (which saw Republicans pick up a majority in the US […]

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Nov 5, 2014 |

Breaking Down the Midterm Elections’ Effect on Legal Gambling

The 2014 midterm elections closed the book on a number of unresolved gaming issues in several states, as voters in Massachusetts, Colorado, Rhode Island, and South Dakota all let their voices be heard at the ballot box. However, the elections also ushered in some new questions, as governorships in three key states changed hands, while […]

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Jul 4, 2014 |

3 Reasons Online Gambling Expansion Has Stalled in 2014

After three states launched legalized and launched iGaming in 2013, online poker and online gambling was expected to proliferate across the US in 2014, but the zeitgeist shifted and the promise of more states coming online in 2014 has seemingly petered out. So where did it all go wrong? April 30, 2013 Ultimate Poker launched […]

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