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.

Pechanga Tribe Flip Flops On Californian Poker Bill

Pechanga Tribe Flip Flops On Californian Poker Bill

Daniel Smyth - May 29th, 2015

The fate of online poker in California took a knock earlier this week after the Pechanga Tribe and eight of its allies decided to rescind their support (read: neutrality) of Adam Gray’s AB 431 bill. Up until late last week the Native American tribe hadn’t been opposed to Gray’s proposal and was broadly aligned with […]

California Online Poker Bill Passes Appropriations Committee

California Online Poker Bill Passes Appropriations Committee

Philip Conneller - May 29th, 2015

California Assemblyman Adam Gray’s online poker bill, AB 431, was unanimously passed by the Assembly Appropriations Committee on Thursday (May 28) with a 14-0 vote, despite continuing disagreement from the state’s gambling industry stakeholders. The Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians and its allies, who are bitterly opposed to the participation of the racetracks in a […]

Paul Phua Case Could be Tossed: Prosecution to Decide Friday on Whether to Drop Charges

Paul Phua Case Could be Tossed: Prosecution to Decide Friday on Whether to Drop Charges

Daniel Smyth - May 28th, 2015

Paul Phua may or may not know that crime doesn’t pay, but his defense attorney David Chesnoff has done everything possible to make sure that his client never has to find out. Due to Chesnoff’s legal team’s brilliant maneuvering, businessman and high stakes poker player Phua may not have to face trial at all, with […]

Sheldon Adelson to Battle Macau Wrongful Termination Suit in Nevada Court, Triad Connections Alleged

Sheldon Adelson to Battle Macau Wrongful Termination Suit in Nevada Court, Triad Connections Alleged

Ed Scimia - May 25th, 2015

Sheldon Adelson may want to spend his time spreading his influence in the Republican presidential primaries or stopping online poker in the United States, but more pressing legal issues may be at hand for the Las Vegas Sands CEO and chairman. A judge has ruled that a wrongful dismissal lawsuit against Adelson will be heard […]

Mississippi Online Poker Not Likely Anytime Soon

Mississippi Online Poker Not Likely Anytime Soon

Ed Scimia - May 24th, 2015

Mississippi has seen online poker bills come and go in three of the last four years, none of which have come anywhere close to being passed into law. Now, one prominent lawmaker in the state says that fans of the game shouldn’t expect to fire up their computers to play on the virtual felt any […]

US Online Poker Regulation Helped By PokerStars & Greg Raymer

US Online Poker Regulation Helped By PokerStars & Greg Raymer

Daniel Smyth - May 22nd, 2015

PokerStars made a fair amount of noise about its recent visit to California before the event; however, a few days on and there has been relatively little reaction to the visit. In an effort to help progress regulatory talks within the Golden State, PokerStars flew two of its leading pros, Daniel Negreanu and Jason Somerville, […]

California Racetracks Push for Inclusion at Online Poker Summit

California Racetracks Push for Inclusion at Online Poker Summit

Philip Conneller - May 21st, 2015

California held a joint informational hearing on gambling regulation on Wednesday, but little headway was made to further the cause of online poker in the state. In fact, Senator Isadore Hall, Government Organization (GO) Committee chairman and sponsor of one the four online poker bills introduced this year, was not even present at the meeting. […]

Pennsylvania Shows Strong Regulated Online Poker Support in Latest Poll

Pennsylvania Shows Strong Regulated Online Poker Support in Latest Poll

Ed Scimia - May 20th, 2015

Pennsylvania online poker is a hot topic in the Keystone State, with state House Gaming Oversight Committee Chairman John Payne (R-Dauphlin) recently sponsoring legislation that would allow for poker and casino games to be played over the Internet there. Now, there’s a new poll that suggests Pennsylvanians could be behind such a measure, provided the […]

Alix Tichelman Gets Light Sentence Following Guilty Plea in Google Exec Death

Alix Tichelman Gets Light Sentence Following Guilty Plea in Google Exec Death

Ed Scimia - May 19th, 2015

Alix Tichelman, daughter of WSOP poker player Bart Tichelman, has pleaded guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and administrating drugs in connection to the death of Google executive Forrest Timothy Hayes. Tichelman was sentenced to six years in prison. Hayes died on November 23, 2013, after suffering a heroin overdose while on a private yacht located […]

New York Senator Pushes For Online Poker Regulation

New York Senator Pushes For Online Poker Regulation

Daniel Smyth - May 19th, 2015

New York Senator, John Bonacic, has renewed his push for regulated online poker in the Empire State with a bill entitled S5302-2015. Having previously made a bid to have online poker regulated in New York back in 2013 with bill S6913-A, Bonacic resumed his campaign late last week with a more inclusive legislative proposal. Riding […]

Nebraska AG Says State Poker Bill Could Potentially Be Unconstitutional

Nebraska AG Says State Poker Bill Could Potentially Be Unconstitutional

Ed Scimia - May 19th, 2015

Poker fans in Nebraska could get a chance to play their favorite game in their state, if a bill from State Senator Tyson Larson (R-O’Neill) is approved by the state legislature. However, it’s not clear whether the legislation has the support it needs to pass into law, and even if it does, it’s possible that […]


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