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 9, 2015 |

BLUFF POWER 20 #1 – #5: Sheldon Adelson, David Baazov Square Off

POKER’S MOST INFLUENTIAL Each year BLUFF polls poker industry leaders from around the world in an attempt to measure and rank the people who are influencing the game and industry today. The ballots are collected and tabulated to produce the BLUFF POWER 20. The list has become an annual source of discussion and debate within the industry and now, ten years after […]

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Apr 8, 2015 |

BLUFF POWER 20 #11 – #15: Chris Christie Blocks His Way Onto List

POKER’S MOST INFLUENTIAL Each year BLUFF polls poker industry leaders from around the world in an attempt to measure and rank the people who are influencing the game and industry today. The ballots are collected and tabulated to produce the BLUFF POWER 20. The list has become an annual source of discussion and debate within the industry and now, ten years after […]

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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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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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Oct 6, 2014 |

Final Thoughts and Takeaways from G2E 2014

During my two days at the 2014 Global Gaming Expo (AKA G2E) I attended a half dozen seminars, two keynote speeches, walked a showroom floor of over 500 exhibitors, met with peers, and conducted several interviews. It was a whirlwind that kept me wrapped up in everything gaming for close to 48 hours. The entire […]

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