Legal

Ever since Black Friday, legal poker issues are a very big deal. Stay ahead of the game by following our latest news that looks at legislation everywhere that poker is played.

EuroPoker Files for Bankruptcy in French Court

EuroPoker Files for Bankruptcy in French Court

Elbert Pruitt - October 19th, 2014

EuroPoker parent company EPMEDIA has filed for bankruptcy, and was scheduled to meet in the Bobigny court to discuss the matter earlier this week. The news was reported by ARJEL, the regulating authority for online gambling in France, on its website. EuroPoker recently attempted a migration from the Ongame France network to iPoker France, in […]

Cercle Cadet Poker Club in Paris Is Second Police Raid This Month

Cercle Cadet Poker Club in Paris Is Second Police Raid This Month

Philip Conneller - October 15th, 2014

The Cercle Cadet poker club in Paris, formerly the Concorde Club, was raided by the French National Judicial Police this week. Fourteen people were taken into custody in the wee hours of Tuesday, including Cercle Cadet’s president, Serge Kasparian, and other members of the club’s management. In seems that while France’s online poker market spirals […]

Armed California Casino Raid Leads to Court-Ordered Shutdown

Armed California Casino Raid Leads to Court-Ordered Shutdown

Philip Conneller - October 14th, 2014

An armed California casino raid in the central part of the state led to a shutdown of the tribal casino by a federal judge this week. But this wasn’t your typical casino robbery situation by any means. The closure of the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino in Coarsegold, California occurred following a bizarre armed standoff […]

PPA Views Cause Confusion over Federal Online Ban Policy

PPA Views Cause Confusion over Federal Online Ban Policy

Philip Conneller - October 13th, 2014

John Pappas, executive director of the Poker Players Alliance (PPA), has caused confusion by stating that his organization would oppose a federal bill that sought to ban online gambling, even if it made a dispensation for online poker. Pappas was responding to rumors, rife at the recent G2E gambling expo in Las Vegas, that lawmakers […]

UK Gambling Act Challenge by GBGA Shot Down by Courts

UK Gambling Act Challenge by GBGA Shot Down by Courts

Sean Gibson - October 13th, 2014

The UK Gambling Act was set to go into effect on October 1 until a last-minute legal challenge from the Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (GBGA) brought proceedings to a screeching halt. After being set into motion late September, the Royal Courts of Justice in London decided to reject the challenge on Friday, October 10. […]

Sweden Poker Tax Evaders Getting Online Scrutiny

Sweden Poker Tax Evaders Getting Online Scrutiny

Sean Gibson - October 10th, 2014

Sweden poker tax evaders are under the microscope, as the Scandinavian country is cracking down to enforce laws surrounding online gaming by punishing those who refuse to pay up. According to multiple industry reports, Swedish tax authority Skatteverket has begun looking as far back as November 2012 and recently improved its effectiveness for finding players […]

PokerStars Auto Rebuys OK with New UK Client

PokerStars Auto Rebuys OK with New UK Client

Sean Gibson - October 10th, 2014

PokerStars auto-rebuys will be available in the company’s new UK-only software client, after regulators clarified a stance regarding the popular feature. For players who don’t understand the ins and outs of how gaming regulations and laws change, it’s important for sites and operators to provide an easy means to answer any questions that may be […]

Ongame Network Follows Amaya Out of Online Gray Markets

Ongame Network Follows Amaya Out of Online Gray Markets

Philip Conneller - October 9th, 2014

The Ongame Network appears to have exited the same gray markets as PokerStars did last week. Both operations, which are owned by Amaya Gaming through acquisitions, have pulled out of around 30 international markets, mainly composed of countries in Africa and the Middle East. Players based in various countries around the world began reporting on […]

Phil Ivey Edged Out in Crockfords Lawsuit

Phil Ivey Edged Out in Crockfords Lawsuit

Ed Scimia - October 8th, 2014

Phil Ivey has lost his case against Crockfords Casino, as the High Court in London ruled that Ivey’s edge sorting techniques are cheating as defined under civil law. The ruling, by Judge John Mitting, found that the casino was justified in withholding Ivey’s winnings. “He gave himself an advantage which the game precludes,” Judge Mitting […]

Betfair Gets New Jersey Reprieve with Caesars Alliance

Betfair Gets New Jersey Reprieve with Caesars Alliance

Philip Conneller - October 7th, 2014

Betfair will be staying in New Jersey after all, thanks to a new deal with Caesars Entertainment. The UK-based betting exchange firm found itself in trouble when its land-based partner, Trump Plaza, shuttered its doors on for good on September 15. Under New Jersey state gaming regulations, a company must team with an existing land-based […]

Auto Top Ups OK, Says UK Gambling Commission

Auto Top Ups OK, Says UK Gambling Commission

Sean Gibson - October 6th, 2014

The UK Gambling Commission has clarified its stance regarding auto top-ups at online poker tables, stating the technology is allowable under law. The commission is set to take over control of the United Kingdom’s gambling market starting on November 1, a one-month delay from the original date. Previously, it had been believed that auto top-up […]