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.

German Online Gambling Sites Plan Exodus Amid Concerns Over Recent Clamp Downs

German Online Gambling Sites Plan Exodus Amid Concerns Over Recent Clamp Downs

Ed Scimia - January 28th, 2015

German online gambling laws are among the most restrictive in Europe, as the federal government does not license poker or casino sites or expressly allow them to operate there. The country has even clamped down on its own citizens playing on unlicensed sites. That may be why several online casino sites are now leaving the […]

Nevada Proposes Felony Charges for Unauthorized Gambling Affiliates

Nevada Proposes Felony Charges for Unauthorized Gambling Affiliates

Sean Gibson - January 26th, 2015

Nevada, which is one of three states to allow online gambling activities, has proposed an amendment to its gambling legislation that would make it a felony to profit as an affiliate to unauthorized online sites. Anyone affiliated with a gambling site not holding a vetted Nevada license, if the amendment is added, could be prosecuted […]

UK Challenging EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive

UK Challenging EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive

Sean Gibson - January 25th, 2015

The United Kingdom (UK) is raising concerns over the new European Union (EU) Anti-Money Laundering Directive and may be considering a legal challenge against it. Last month the Council of Ministers and European Parliament came to a consensus on anti-money laundering issues and with it the new Directive is in the final stages of being […]

Amaya Appoints Former Ontario Police Commissioner as Advisor

Amaya Appoints Former Ontario Police Commissioner as Advisor

Sean Gibson - January 24th, 2015

Amaya Gaming, parent company of PokerStars and Full Tilt, has announced the appointment of former Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Chris Lewis as an advisor to its Board of Directors. Though the news suggests Amaya may be on the rebound after last month’s raid, Lewis’ appointment along with a second one suggest the company may be […]

Attorney General Eric Holder Restricts Seizures That Have Targeted Poker Players

Attorney General Eric Holder Restricts Seizures That Have Targeted Poker Players

Ed Scimia - January 23rd, 2015

Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. announced late last week that state and local police will no longer be able to seize property without warrants or criminal charges, ending a program that had in the past taken cash and other items from drug dealers, unsuspecting criminals, and sometimes poker players. In 2008, the Justice Department started […]

Reggie Jones-Sawyer California Online Poker Bill More Accepting of PokerStars

Reggie Jones-Sawyer California Online Poker Bill More Accepting of PokerStars

Devin O'Connor - January 23rd, 2015

A new California online poker bill, introduced by State Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-59th District) finally addresses two of the largest roadblocks in bringing Internet cardrooms to the country’s most populous state. AB 167, the second online poker bill proposed in as many months, removes the so-called “bad actor” language featured in previous efforts, including Assemblyman […]

Full Tilt Licensing Gaff Message Creates Optimism in New Jersey Nonetheless

Full Tilt Licensing Gaff Message Creates Optimism in New Jersey Nonetheless

Devin O'Connor - January 22nd, 2015

Full Tilt PR man Eric Hollreiser is having a very busy day, it seems. The head of corporate communications for FT’s parent company Rational Group had this to say about a surprising mobile pop-up message that got a lot of New Jersey online poker players pretty excited: “Full Tilt has identified and corrected the cause of […]

State Senator Tyson Larson Pushes to Legalize Poker in Nebraska

State Senator Tyson Larson Pushes to Legalize Poker in Nebraska

Philip Conneller - January 20th, 2015

A Nebraska poker bill that seeks to legalize the game by declaring it a game of skill will be introduced to the state legislature this week by State Senator Tyson Larson. Nebraska’s Constitution currently prohibits games of chance in the Cornhusker state, but Senator Larson proposes to sidestep this issue by having certain poker variants […]

Darren Woods Jailed and Fined as Poker Cheat in UK

Darren Woods Jailed and Fined as Poker Cheat in UK

Philip Conneller - January 19th, 2015

Darren Woods, a former World Series of Poker bracelet winner, has been jailed by a UK court for 15 months for fraud for cheating online poker players out of hundreds of thousands of dollars and claiming bogus commissions from his former sponsors, 888.com. Woods, AKA  “Dooshcom” online, has been ordered to pay back £1 million […]

Little League Coach Avoids Jail in Illegal Poker Game Case

Little League Coach Avoids Jail in Illegal Poker Game Case

Sean Gibson - January 17th, 2015

Justin Doyle was one of 15 men arrested in 2011 for taking part in a series of high-stakes illegal poker games in Staten Island, New York. And while the idea of an illegal, underground poker ring brings images of crooked gamblers and mobsters to mind, the group of defendants consisted of several people with admirable […]

California Assemblyman Mike Gatto Scraps Online Poker In Person Registration Mandate

California Assemblyman Mike Gatto Scraps Online Poker In Person Registration Mandate

Philip Conneller - January 16th, 2015

California Assemblyman Mike Gatto has made amendments to his Golden State online poker bill, scrapping the widely criticized clause that demanded mandatory in-person registration at land-based casinos. Under the initial proposal of Bill AB 9, new players would only be able to create an online poker account by visiting the poker site’s affiliated land-based cardroom, a […]