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.

New Pennsylvania Bill Would Prohibit Online Poker 

New Pennsylvania Bill Would Prohibit Online Poker 

Philip Conneller - April 26th, 2015

A bill that seeks to impose a blanket ban on online poker, and online gambling in general, in Pennsylvania has been introduced to the legislature, as State Representative Thomas Murt issues a challenge to the ongoing effort to legalize and regulate. House Bill 1013, which has been signed by seven sponsors, including Murt, would prohibit […]

New Jersey DGE Approves bwin.party and Sportech

New Jersey DGE Approves bwin.party and Sportech

Daniel Smyth - April 25th, 2015

European gaming operator, bwin.party, can now roam free in at least one part of the US thanks to New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE). Following a successful tenure within the Garden State since 2013, the operator has exchanged its Transactional Waiver for a full Casino Service Industry Enterprise License. Having provided the virtual backbone […]

iGaming Friendly Loretta Lynch Confirmed As US Attorney General

iGaming Friendly Loretta Lynch Confirmed As US Attorney General

Daniel Smyth - April 24th, 2015

  The seemingly online poker-friendly Loretta Lynch has just been confirmed as the new Attorney General by the Senate. Despite her confirmation being one of the most protracted in US political history, Lynch is now the official US Attorney General and, in taking up her position, she has become the first ever African-American woman to […]

Confusion Surrounds China Nanjing Millions Shut Down as Local Authorities Declare Event “Criminal”

Confusion Surrounds China Nanjing Millions Shut Down as Local Authorities Declare Event “Criminal”

Ed Scimia - April 22nd, 2015

The APPT Nanjing Millions was shut down last week before the second day of the reportedly PokerStars-backed tournament festival’s main event: that much everyone can agree on. Beyond that, however, there seems to be plenty of dispute about exactly what went down and who was responsible for what was likely the most ambitious poker event […]

New Banking Merchant Category Codes No Miracle Solution to Online Gambling SNAFUs, Says Expert

New Banking Merchant Category Codes No Miracle Solution to Online Gambling SNAFUs, Says Expert

Philip Conneller - April 22nd, 2015

Last week’s launch of new Merchant Category Codes (MCC) for online poker card transactions brought with them hopes of a new boost for US regulated markets. But they are not a miracle solution to the credit card hiccups that have so stymied the industry, according to Matthew Katz, CEO of player verification software company CAMS, who has warned […]

Paul Phua FBI Charges Could Be Tossed in Sports Betting Case, as Judge Says Ruse Went Too Far

Paul Phua FBI Charges Could Be Tossed in Sports Betting Case, as Judge Says Ruse Went Too Far

Daniel Smyth - April 20th, 2015

Paul Phua’s legal team has played its trump card and, according to reports, the gamble has paid off, as the bulk of the evidence obtained by the FBI in Phua’s illegal sports betting trial has been dismissed. Back in July 2014, the millionaire businessman and high-rolling poker player found himself in trouble with US authorities […]

British Poker Enthusiast Guilty of International Drug Smuggling

British Poker Enthusiast Guilty of International Drug Smuggling

Daniel Smyth - April 19th, 2015

A poker playing “drug lord” from the UK has just been sentenced to 11 years in prison after being found guilty of international drug smuggling. Robert Knight, an amateur poker player from Walsall, UK, went on the run back in 2008 after police seized six kilograms of cocaine at Heathrow Airport. After investigating the haul, […]

APPT Nanjing Millions Raided and Shutdown by Chinese National Police Claiming Illegal Activities

APPT Nanjing Millions Raided and Shutdown by Chinese National Police Claiming Illegal Activities

Ed Scimia - April 17th, 2015

The Nanjing Millions poker tournament was abruptly shut down by Chinese National Police on Friday, placing doubt on the short-term future of live poker tournaments on the Chinese mainland. The tournament, part of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT), was scheduled to run from April 14-19 in the Jiangsu Wutaishan Sports Center. According to a […]

California Tribes and State Senate to Get Online Poker Hearings in Late April

California Tribes and State Senate to Get Online Poker Hearings in Late April

Philip Conneller - April 16th, 2015

California’s efforts to regulate online poker in 2015 have received a much-needed boost with the news that the issue is likely to be heard by Senate and Assembly committees before the end of April. Senate GO (Government Organization) Committee Director Art Terkazis said this week that, while nothing has yet been finalized or approved, the […]

Pennsylvania Passes Anti-RAWA Resolution  

Pennsylvania Passes Anti-RAWA Resolution  

Philip Conneller - April 15th, 2015

As Pennsylvania prepares to hold its own hearing tomorrow (Thursday) to explore the potential of regulating online poker and casino games within its borders, its House Gaming Oversight Committee has passed a resolution (HR 140) that urges its federal delegation to fight RAWA. The resolution, primarily sponsored by State Representative John Payne who introduced one […]

Undercover Staten Island Cop Loses $50K in NYC Taxpayer Money Infiltrating Illegal Poker Games

Undercover Staten Island Cop Loses $50K in NYC Taxpayer Money Infiltrating Illegal Poker Games

Philip Conneller - April 14th, 2015

How do you fund a Staten Island illegal poker game infiltration? Apparently, with hard-earned tax payer revenues. And we’re not talking about a small 1-2 NL game either, because the total bankroll squandered by one undercover cop posing as a player at these games reportedly was close to $50,000. Where It All Began Our story […]