Jun 4, 2015 |

Opinion: Bad Actor Clauses are Exclusionary and Unnecessary

When states first started exploring online gaming expansion the idea of a Bad Actor clause seemed like an appropriate way to safeguard the prospective industries and allow for fair competition. These Bad Actor clauses would more or less prohibit companies that offered online gambling/poker in the U.S. after December 31, 2006 from applying for an […]

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Apr 10, 2014 |

PokerStars Past Under Siege in California; UIGEA Key Issue

There is no bigger or more consequential online poker story than the current situation unfolding in California, where PokerStars is hoping to make its return to the US market, but finding itself opposed by powerful interests in the state. Whether or not PokerStars is allowed back into the United States could very well be a […]

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Apr 19, 2013 |

Poker Pros Arraigned in Russian Sports Betting Case

Former World Poker Tour champions Vadim Trincher and Justin “BoostedJ” Smith, former World Series of Poker bracelet winners Bill Edler and Abe Mosseri, and a host of other high-stakes poker pros were back in federal court today for their arraignments on charges that they were part of an illegal gambling syndicate linked to the Russian […]

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Mar 15, 2013 |

THE FIGHT: Setback in Iowa but Hope in Illinois

Some wins and some losses this week. I feel it’s always better to get the bad news out of the way first, so let’s start in Iowa and Hawaii. Online poker-only bills in both of those states died quiet deaths this week. Despite Hawaii’s conservative stance on gambling – it is one of the few […]

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Jul 14, 2012 |

THE FIGHT: Harry Reid and Jon Kyl Agree on Internet Poker Bill

This week, GamblingCompliance.com reported that Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader from Nevada, and John Kyl, the minority whip from Arizone, have agreed on terms for an Internet poker bill. Although the report said Reid’s office did not respond to requests for comment, it quoted John Pappas, executive director of the Poker Players Alliance, as […]

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Jun 8, 2012 |

THE FIGHT: Conservative Lobby Groups Push Back, Zynga Begins Lobby

THE FIGHT, presented by Chris Krafcik, brings you the latest headlines and insight from the attempts to regulate online poker in the United States. For the second time in recent weeks, moral-conservative groups have urged Congress to crack down on state efforts to legalize Internet gambling, including poker. In a jointly written letter publicized Wednesday, […]

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Mar 29, 2012 |

Judge Refuses Plea Deal in Campos Case

There is a new wrinkle in the Black Friday case of John Campos. The Vice Chair of SunFirst Bank in Utah reached a plea agreement for a single misdemeanor conspiracy charge earlier this week, but now the judge presiding over the case is refusing to immediately accept the plea. According to the Associated Press, US […]

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Mar 21, 2012 |

Daniel Tzvetkoff Key Witness in Upcoming Black Friday Trial

Six days before the one-year anniversary of poker’s Black Friday, two of the men indicted by the Department of Justice will finally get their day in court. Payment processor Chad Elie and banker John Campos are set to go to trial in New York on April 9th, but thanks to some last-minute evidence courtesy of […]

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Dec 20, 2011 |

AP Co-Founder Brent Beckley Pleads Guilty to Black Friday Charges

After several months with little to no news on the whereabouts or standing of Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet, Absolute Poker co-founder Brent Beckley made headlines in the mainstream press by turning himself in to authorities and pleading guilty to counts of conspiracy to violate the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) and conspiracy to […]

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Nov 17, 2011 |

The Fight: Updates From the Legislative Front

Your mind may still be reeling after the story broke that the Department of Justice and Group Bernard Tapie allegedly brokered an $80 million sale of Full Tilt Poker, but that was not the only big political news on the horizon this week.  Earlier Thursday afternoon, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs met to discuss […]

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Oct 20, 2011 |

The Fight: BwinParty Pushes, Hearing on Horizon

The Republican debates may have been entertaining for some and disheartening for others, they haven’t given us much info about how these candidates feel about online poker.  In fact, these days online poker supporters are getting a lot of mixed messages for DC about where their cause stands with politicians.  We’ve got the latest batch […]

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