Jun 25, 2015 |

Lindsey Graham Reintroduces RAWA in the US Senate

Wednesday afternoon saw a flurry of activity regarding online gambling. While California was busy debating legalizing online poker, word came down that South Carolina Senator and Presidential hopeful Lindsey Graham had officially reintroduced the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA) bill in the United States Senate. RAWA would ban several forms of online gambling including […]

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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 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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Mar 26, 2015 |

Anti-Gambling Witnesses Stumble Through RAWA Hearing

In the words of former Arizona Cardinals Coach Dennis Green, they are what we thought they were! The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations held a hearing on the Sheldon Adelson-inspired Restoration of America’s Wire Act bill (RAWA for short) and there really weren’t too many surprises throughout the two hour […]

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Mar 4, 2015 |

Winter Storm Forces Postponement of RAWA Hearing

A congressional subcommittee was supposed to meet Thursday morning to discuss  RAWA, the Restoration of America’s Wire Act, introduced by Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and widely believed to have been written by Sheldon Adelson and his lobbyists. As both sides ginned up their supporters in preparation for the hearing Mother Nature decided to throw a […]

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Mar 3, 2015 |

Sheldon Adelson Doesn’t Really Want To Ban Online Gambling

That seems like a strange conclusion to draw about Sheldon Adelson, a man who has said his “moral standard” requires him to spend “whatever it takes” to block online gambling – an activity he’s described as a “cancer.” But I’m not sure what other conclusion you could reach after reviewing the Restoration of America’s Wire […]

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Feb 12, 2015 |

The Return of RAWA Has Been Met With Fierce Opposition

Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) reintroduced the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA) on February 4, 2015; an anti-online gambling bill most observers believe was crafted by Sheldon Adelson. Less than a week later the bill has been roundly rebuked, with no less than four political groups voicing their opposition to RAWA over this short span […]

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Feb 4, 2015 |

Adelson Backed Online Gambling Ban Reintroduced in Congress

Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) has reintroduced the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA), a bill seeking to ban most forms of online gambling, including poker. The 2015 version of RAWA is seemingly unchanged from the 2014 version, which was also introduced by Chaffetz in the House of Representatives, as well as by Senator Lindsey Graham […]

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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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Dec 1, 2014 |

iGaming Stalls While Online Lotteries Spread in the US

In 2013, amid much fanfare, three states launched online poker and/or casino websites: Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey. The ups and downs of online gambling in these three states have dominated the headlines for over a year now, with a healthy dash of Sheldon Adelson’s proposed federal iGaming ban thrown in for good measure. However, […]

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Aug 1, 2014 |

RAWA Legislators Appeal to AG Holder to Ban Online Gambling

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and two of the co-sponsors for Sheldon Adelson’s his Restoration of Americas Wire Act (RAWA) bill are now petitioning U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to support their efforts to ban online gambling. Along with Sen. Graham, Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) are asking the U.S. Attorney General […]

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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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