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.

Bryan Micon Plea Deal Could Mean Probation and $25K Fine Only for Former Seals with Clubs Chairman

Bryan Micon Plea Deal Could Mean Probation and $25K Fine Only for Former Seals with Clubs Chairman

Philip Conneller - June 26th, 2015

Many might have wondered why Bryan Micon, whose Bitcoin-only poker site Seals with Clubs (SwC) had been under legal scrutiny along with the man himself, would voluntarily return to the US this week to face the court on his sole legal charge. The answer came yesterday, as an extremely lenient sentence now hovers over the […]

Rep. Joe Barton Makes Another Push for US Online Poker Freedom

Rep. Joe Barton Makes Another Push for US Online Poker Freedom

Daniel Smyth - June 26th, 2015

Online poker players in the US received a mini-boost this week courtesy of Texan Republican and House of Representatives member, Joe Barton. The pro-online poker politician has long been an advocate of the game and has fought to have a number of bills accepted by his peers over the last few years. Unfortunately, as it […]

Lindsey Graham Sneaks RAWA into Adjourned Congress, PPA Slams Timing

Lindsey Graham Sneaks RAWA into Adjourned Congress, PPA Slams Timing

Philip Conneller - June 25th, 2015

RAWA, aka the Restoration of America’s Wire Act, was quietly introduced to the Senate by GOP presidential hopeful Lindsey Graham on Wednesday. The bill, which was presented to the House at the beginning of the year by Representative Jason Chaffetz, would ban online gambling at a federal level, with the exception of horseracing and fantasy […]

Pro-PokerStars Coalition in California Pushes Online Poker Regulation with Radio Ad Campaign

Pro-PokerStars Coalition in California Pushes Online Poker Regulation with Radio Ad Campaign

Philip Conneller - June 24th, 2015

A new PokerStars coalition has initiated a radio ad campaign in California, one that urges residents of the Golden State to embrace online poker regulation. The newly formed Californians for Responsible iPoker advocacy group, the PR face of PokerStars, along with the Morongo and San Manuel tribal operators, and the state’s three largest card clubs, […]

Former SWC Chairman Bryan Micon Returning to Las Vegas to Face NGC Charge

Former SWC Chairman Bryan Micon Returning to Las Vegas to Face NGC Charge

Philip Conneller - June 22nd, 2015

Bryan Micon, the poker player and former chairman of Bitcoin online poker site Seals with Clubs, is expected to return to the US this week to face a charge of operating an unlicensed interactive gaming system. Micon will have celebrity criminal defense attorney David Chesnoff as his legal counsel. Last week a judge recalled the […]

Italy Looks To International Pool Sharing To Save Strangled Market

Italy Looks To International Pool Sharing To Save Strangled Market

Philip Conneller - June 20th, 2015

Italy may open up its online poker operations to international player pooling as part of new online gambling reforms. The Delega Fiscale (delegation tax) law is looking at ways to revive the country’s stunted online poker market, such as fixing taxes for operators at 20 percent on gross gaming revenue for tournaments, rather than the […]

PokerStars and Morongo Get On Board with Californians for Responsible iPoker Coalition

PokerStars and Morongo Get On Board with Californians for Responsible iPoker Coalition

Philip Conneller - June 19th, 2015

Californians for Responsible iPoker is the latest effort that’s brought together PokerStars and the Morongo tribe to finally push legal online poker in the Golden State. The launch of the advocacy group, which includes a website, will be devoted to the establishment of “a well-regulated iPoker market in California will protect the state’s poker-playing consumers, […]

Bwin.Party Shares Dive as Party Poker Founders Bail Out

Bwin.Party Shares Dive as Party Poker Founders Bail Out

Philip Conneller - June 14th, 2015

Shares in bwin.party dropped by more than 9 percent on Friday following the news that Ruth Parasol and Russ DeLeon, two of the founders of PartyPoker.com, have bagged up their chips and headed to the cage. The ex-husband and wife, whose mighty stake in Party Gaming was once worth more than £2 billion, finally called […]

Fifth Pennsylvania Online Poker Bill Hits State Senate Floor

Fifth Pennsylvania Online Poker Bill Hits State Senate Floor

Philip Conneller - June 10th, 2015

The Pennsylvania online poker bill wars continue, with bill #5 now being brought into the fray. The latest version, SB 900, has been formally introduced to the State Senate, and while this may be the fifth such bill proposed this year, it could also be the one with the best chance of legalizing online poker […]

Amaya Sets Sail On The NASDAQ

Amaya Sets Sail On The NASDAQ

Philip Conneller - June 9th, 2015

PokerStars’ owner Amaya Inc has begun trading on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker AYA, as of Monday, which means that Americans are now in the curious position of being able to “gamble” with Amaya on the stock exchange but not via its core product offering. Not yet, at least. The group has […]

Full Tilt Players to Get Paid in Sixth Wave to Tune of $100M, Per Department of Justice

Full Tilt Players to Get Paid in Sixth Wave to Tune of $100M, Per Department of Justice

Philip Conneller - June 8th, 2015

Full Tilt claims administrator Garden City Group (GCG) has announced that the Department of Justice (DoJ) has authorized the sixth wave of payments to the company’s former US customers. According to GCG, the new round of payments will include approximately 2,000 claims totaling around $4.3 million and, on its completion, 87 percent of all petitions […]


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