Dec 11, 2013 |

New Jersey Division of Gaming Suspends PokerStars Application

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has suspended the application from PokerStars for online gaming for two years. The decision stems from the unresolved issues surrounding the federal indictment against PokerStars head Isai Scheinberg. The decision will block the online giant from entering New Jersey as an online operator but does leave the door […]

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Oct 22, 2013 |

THE FIGHT: Licensing Issues Raised Again

This time last week, New Jersey gaming regulators had issued only one online gaming license. Today, that number is up to five. Golden Nugget, Trump Plaza, Trump Taj Mahal and Tropicana all passed regulatory muster in the last week, joining Borgata in New Jersey’s online gaming Promised Land. For the moment, that leaves Resorts and […]

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Oct 15, 2013 |

THE FIGHT: Who Will Be Ready in New Jersey on November 26?

Last week the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement issued its first internet gaming license. The lucky recipient was the Borgata. Although Borgata’s technology partner,, has not yet received its own license, it seems like DGE really does mean to launch online gaming on November 26, come hell or high water. The question now […]

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Oct 10, 2013 |

Borgata Receives First NJ Internet Gaming Permit

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement issued its first Internet gaming permit to the Borgata Hotel and Casino yesterday. The move followed a memo last week from DGE Director David Rebuck to all 12 of the Atlantic City casinos, informing them that the DGE is still targeting November 26 as the “go-live” date for […]

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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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May 10, 2013 |

THE FIGHT: California Tribes Coming Around

With the Rational Group’s fight against Colony Capital dominating the headlines in the early part of the week, and Lock Poker’s downward spiral dominating the headlines late in the week, it was a relatively quiet five days for THE FIGHT to legalize and regulate online poker. The biggest story of the week came out of […]

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Apr 19, 2013 |

THE FIGHT: Pennsylvania and Massachusetts Get in the Ring

After a few weeks of relative quiet, THE FIGHT kicked back into gear this week, with the East Coast of the country taking center stage. Rep. Tina Davis (D-Bucks) of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives finally introduced her long-awaited internet gambling bill yesterday. Although the full text of the bill is not yet available online, […]

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Apr 17, 2013 |

New Jersey Clock Starts Ticking for Rational Group

The Press of Atlantic City is reporting this morning that Rational Group’s application to New Jersey regulators for permission to purchase an Atlantic City casino finally was completed last week, triggering the start of a 90-day review period. Rational Group, the parent company of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, announced in January that it had […]

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Mar 22, 2013 |

THE FIGHT: Licensing continues in Nevada and Delaware

After an eventful few months since the beginning of the year, the online poker legislative beat was relatively quiet this week. No major bills were proposed, passed, or killed. Instead the week was about some small gains. Nevada, the state that is farthest along the road to regulated online poker, leads the news again this […]

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Mar 8, 2013 |

THE FIGHT: Caesars Aims for the Stars

Some weeks, all you can do is shake your head. This past Tuesday the American Gaming Association filed a brief with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement opposing Rational Group’s petition for an Interim Casino Authorization to purchase the Atlantic Club casino. The brief represents the latest skirmish between the brick-and-mortar casinos (which provide […]

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Feb 26, 2013 |

New Jersey Enacts Internet Gaming Law

This time it’s for real. Less than three weeks after Republican Gov. Chris Christie conditionally vetoed a previous version of the same bill, New Jersey lawmakers enacted a law authorizing intrastate online gaming, including poker, in the Garden State. The new law, which was tailored to Christie’s specific recommendations, officially makes New Jersey the third […]

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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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