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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Oct 22, 2014 |

November Elections Will Decide Future of Gaming in MA

Every election is extremely important, but for Massachusetts residents the 2014 November mid-term elections are extremely important for pro-gambling types, as the statewide races and a ballot referendum will likely determine the future of gambling in Massachusetts for the foreseeable future. Here is what you need to know about the views on gambling of the […]

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Sep 9, 2014 |

Advocates in Wisconsin Seek to Change State’s Poker Laws

With the help of the local chapter of the Poker Players Alliance, Wisconsin poker players are fighting back against a state law prohibiting poker. The law was loosely enforced until September of 2011, when the Department of Justice cracked down on the bar poker games that have been commonplace in Wisconsin for many years. The […]

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Jun 13, 2014 |

Reactions to Amaya PokerStars Deal Run the Gamut

* This article has been updated with statements from PokerStars’ Eric Hollreiser and Morongo Chairman Robert Martin. Today’s news that Amaya Gaming has purchased the Rational Group for $4.9 billion has the entire poker world buzzing. Reactions have varied from disbelief to jubilance to speculation about the future. Let’s see what key players in the […]

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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 Erickson’s bill calls for the following: “Bad Actor” clause set […]

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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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Apr 30, 2014 |

Preview of Thursday’s Pennsylvania Online Gambling Hearing

On Thursday, May 1, the Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee will host an informational hearing on the potential impact of online gambling in the state. The hearing comes one week before a report (SR 273) commissioned in December on the “current condition and future viability” of online gambling in the Keystone State is expected to […]

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Sep 3, 2013 |

THE FIGHT: Delaware Inches Closer; PPA Slides Farther Away

It’s a new day of the week for THE FIGHT. Now and forever we’ll be bringing you the latest regulatory updates of American poker legalization on Tuesdays. Hopefully with a new day, we’ll be able to start giving U.S. poker players some good news. That’s not the case this week. The two main threads of […]

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Aug 23, 2013 |

THE FIGHT: California Online Poker Shelved Again

After three years of squabbling among California card rooms, racetracks, tribal gaming interests and other gambling concerns, online poker players hoped that the California gaming industry would unify this year and win THE FIGHT to legalize online poker. There were encouraging signs along the way, but it looks like online poker’s Humpty Dumpty has suffered […]

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Jun 7, 2013 |

THE FIGHT: Are the Feds Really Back in the Game?

Yesterday produced some seemingly big developments on the federal legislative beat. Rep. Peter King (R-NY) introduced a federal online gaming bill called the Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection and Enforcement Act of 2013 in the House of Representatives. It’s the first online gaming bill to be introduced in Congress since the current Congress began in […]

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Oct 13, 2011 |

The Fight: UIGEA Anniversary, Bad News From Harry Reid

It has been five years to the day since the passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) changed the direction of online poker forever. Plenty has changed over the past five years, but the post-Black Friday climate feels all too familiar, especially in the wake of recent news that regulated online gambling in […]

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