The Changing Face of Online Poker in Pennsylvania

Any time soon, poker fans will be able to play in a legal and regulated online poker industry in the Keystone State. Pennsylvanian gambling authorities are putting the final touches to the industry’s legal framework before sites can go live with their online poker and casino games.  While no date for the launch has been announced […]

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Poker Playing Bot Adapted for Use by the Pentagon

A poker bot created by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University has now been adapted for an unlikely project – to serve the US military.  The bot, named Libratus (meaning ‘balanced’ in Latin), attracted world attention when it soundly beat four leading poker players at no-limit Texas Hold ‘em games in 2017. At the time, this was […]

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New Jersey Breaks Online Gambling Records in December

This week, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) published the revenue generated by the state’s online gambling market in December. It showed that the last month of the year broke all records for 2018, with licensed online gambling operators generating revenue over $29 million – an impressive 40% increase year on year. The […]

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2011 Wire Act Opinion Reversed to Include Online Poker

A new Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel opinion, written at the end of 2018 and published this week, states that the 1961 Wire Act applies to all forms of gambling that crosses state lines. This includes online lottery, online casino gaming and online poker, and reverses a 2011 opinion that the Wire Act […]

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Will NY Abandon Online Poker for Sports Betting?

For years, the state of New York has flirted with the idea of introducing online poker legislation. Everyone seems to agree that it will be good for the budget and would no doubt be an attractive pastime for New York poker players. However, attempts to push bills to the Assembly floor have failed until now. […]

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Chris Christie: Sports Leagues Don’t Deserve ‘Integrity Fees’

After the US Supreme Court ruled last year to overturn a nationwide ban on sports betting, sports leagues had no choice but to accept that states would be opening their markets to legal and regulated betting. Throughout the process, however, these leagues have been demanding what they call an ‘integrity fee’ – a fee paid […]

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All American Poker Network Bought by 888 Holdings

The London-listed 888 Holdings has increased its presence in the US online poker industry by becoming the sole owner of the All American Poker Network, or AAPN.  888 acquired the network from its investment partner, Avenue Capital in a deal said to be worth $28 million. In 2013, the All American Poker Network was set […]

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What are the Chances for California Online Poker in 2019?

Another year has passed without us seeing any progress in California achieving its dream of a legal online poker industry. It is now more than a decade that poker players in the Golden State has been pushing to fulfill this objective with no success.  And while many are hopeful that 2019 will see a change to […]

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UFC Partnership Could See PokerStars Brand Reach 1.1B Households

The Stars Group has entered into a particularly lucrative partnership deal with the premier mixed martial arts organization, the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). The world’s largest online poker room could see its brand reach 1.1 billion TV households in 40 languages and over 160 countries. The terms of the agreement have created a new sponsorship category, with […]

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Michigan Governor Says No to Online Gambling

Michigan gamblers were left stunned last week when the outgoing Governor Rick Snyder vetoed a number of bills that would have legalized online gambling in the state. The surprise decision left House Bill 4926 and its accompanying HB 4927 and HB 4928 out in cold. They were among the 40 bills vetoed by the governor […]

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