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.

Sweden Poker Apps Removed From Apple’s App Store

Sweden Poker Apps Removed From Apple’s App Store

Devin O'Connor - March 4th, 2015

Sweden poker fans considering moving to online play are finding the transition much more difficult after the Swedish Gaming Board asked Apple to remove all gambling apps targeting its citizens. The country currently has a state-run monopoly on both land-based and mobile gambling through its company Svenska Spel. Although Sweden’s decision to prohibit an open […]

RAWA Witness List Stacked Against Online Poker

RAWA Witness List Stacked Against Online Poker

Ed Scimia - March 4th, 2015

The Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA) was supposed to get a hearing this Thursday in front of the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations. That hearing has been pushed back due to inclement weather, as Washington D.C. is squarely on the “cold and wet” side of the dueling extreme winters plaguing […]

PPA Launches Anti-RAWA Petition Aimed At Adelson

PPA Launches Anti-RAWA Petition Aimed At Adelson

Philip Conneller - March 3rd, 2015

The Poker Players Alliance, the grassroots non-profit advocacy group devoted to championing the rights of poker players in the United States, has launched a petition against the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA). The Sheldon Adelson-backed bill that seeks to prohibit all online gaming on a federal level, with the exception of horseracing and fantasy […]

PokerStars May Join US Online Poker Scene Thanks To Pennsylvania

PokerStars May Join US Online Poker Scene Thanks To Pennsylvania

Daniel Smyth - March 1st, 2015

The US online poker scene could welcome another major player in the coming months thanks to a new igaming bill by Pennsylvania’s Rep. John Payne. When the news broke earlier this week that HB649 had been submitted to the House Gaming Oversight Committee, the industry was keen to learn more about what would be allowed […]

Legal Poker Home Games Coming to Maryland?

Legal Poker Home Games Coming to Maryland?

Daniel Smyth - February 28th, 2015

A two-pronged attack to get poker home games legalized in Maryland is currently underway thanks to two Democrats. Senator Nancy King and Delegate Kirill Reznik have each submitted bills that would give Maryland residents the freedom to run poker games from the confines of their home. Senate Bill 184 (King) and House Bill 59 (Reznik) […]

French Online Poker Eyeing Player Liquidity to Save Its Derriere

French Online Poker Eyeing Player Liquidity to Save Its Derriere

Devin O'Connor - February 26th, 2015

The French online poker universe has been folding faster than deuce-nine offsuit out of position. But now a new legal measure may pull that hand right out of the muck for a surprise win. Since France isolated its poker networks in 2010, operators have struggled to maintain active tables due to deteriorating player pools. Following […]

Portuguese Gaming Laws Delay Could Benefit Online Poker

Portuguese Gaming Laws Delay Could Benefit Online Poker

Devin O'Connor - February 25th, 2015

Online Portuguese gaming laws have been in a state of flux for over seven months, but in the end that might be a good thing for Internet poker. Legalized in June of 2014, the iGaming casino bill hasn’t received an expedited approval many lawmakers expected from the country’s Council of Ministers. While frustrating to both […]

Nevada / Delaware Player Pool Sharing is “Four to Six Weeks Away”

Nevada / Delaware Player Pool Sharing is “Four to Six Weeks Away”

Philip Conneller - February 24th, 2015

An online poker compact between Nevada and Delaware that will allow the two states to pool player liquidity is to go live in “four to six weeks,” according to Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval. Sandoval told Steve Tetreault at the Las Vegas Review Journal that “technical glitches” had prevented the scheme from being rolled out last […]

RAWA to Receive March 5 Hearing in Congress, Reports Say

RAWA to Receive March 5 Hearing in Congress, Reports Say

Ed Scimia - February 21st, 2015

A federal online poker ban still seems unlikely this year, as there’s plenty of opposition (and even more indifference) lined up against the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA). However, it does appear that some in Congress will at least be talking about the bill, as reports are circulating that RAWA will get a hearing […]

California Online Poker Adam Gray and Isadore Hall Bills Give Golden State New Momentum

California Online Poker Adam Gray and Isadore Hall Bills Give Golden State New Momentum

Ed Scimia - February 20th, 2015

California online poker may have some real momentum behind it, as two new identical online poker bills have been introduced into the state Legislature. State Senator Isadore Hall (D-South Bay) and State Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) introduced the bills, known as SB 278 and AB 431 respectively, on Thursday. Given the identical nature of the […]

PokerStars and Caesars Partnering to Push for Online Poker in America

PokerStars and Caesars Partnering to Push for Online Poker in America

Ed Scimia - February 19th, 2015

Caesars Entertainment and PokerStars have announced that they will be working together to help promote online poker throughout the United States, a move that puts two of the largest companies in gaming on the same page in the online poker debate. The announcement came just after Caesars noted that they were willing to let go […]