Nov 10, 2013 |

The Week That Was: Ryan Riess Wins WSOP Main Event

The Week that Was highlights the biggest news in poker of the week. Ryan Riess winning the World Series of Poker Main Event dominated the headlines with the 23-year-old’s $8.3 million win. Also, New Jersey issued approvals for real-money online poker to some operators. Ryan Riess Wins the 2013 WSOP Main Event Ryan Riess entered […]

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Oct 29, 2013 |

THE FIGHT: Looking Past New Jersey

New Jersey and Delaware have commanded the online poker legislative focus the last few weeks. Justifiably so – Delaware launches its online gaming offering, including poker, on Thursday and New Jersey is set to follow in about a month. But New Jersey, Delaware and Nevada (which has had online poker since April) only represent 4% […]

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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 2, 2013 |

THE FIGHT: Amaya-Caesars Deal Raises Suitability Questions

During the Global Gaming Expo last week, Amaya Gaming announced a content deal with Caesars Interactive Entertainment. These types of content deals have become commonplace in the world of online real-money gaming, especially as New Jersey prepares to launch a full suite of real-money online games. Many financial analysts have labeled the deal a “big […]

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Sep 24, 2013 |

THE FIGHT: Industry Sees Challenges for State-by-State Regulation

Last week Nevada’s second real-money poker site,, launched play, officially becoming the second licensed real-money gaming operator in the United States. This week the Global Gaming Exposition – the North American casino industry’s largest conference and trade show each year – is taking place in Las Vegas this week. G2E kicked off in Vegas […]

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Sep 17, 2013 |

THE FIGHT: Caesars Moves the Ball Forward

Caesars announced yesterday that will go live for real-money poker in Nevada on Thursday morning. The launch, which was expected over the summer, makes Caesars the second company to offer legal, licensed online gambling in the United States. “I think this is the beginning of the domino effect, the same way the state of […]

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Sep 10, 2013 |

THE FIGHT: The State of the States

The failure to pass online poker in the state of California – again! – will become official this Friday. When it does, Pennsylvania will become the only state in the nation with an active online gambling bill. That bill has been tabled by a Pennsylvania House committee chair pending the outcome of online gaming in […]

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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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Aug 16, 2013 |

THE FIGHT: Runner Runner, Nothin’ Funner?

We’ve reached the desperation stage of THE FIGHT to legalize online poker. I’m not sure how else to characterize an email from new American Gaming Association (president) Geoff Freeman to the AGA Board. In that email, Freeman suggests that the upcoming Hollywood spectacle Runner Runner would be a useful tool to persuade the general public […]

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