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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.

UK Poker Player Richard Cole Found Dead in Amsterdam Canal, Foul Play a Possibility

UK Poker Player Richard Cole Found Dead in Amsterdam Canal, Foul Play a Possibility

Philip Conneller - February 4th, 2016

British poker player and art expert Richard Cole, who disappeared in Amsterdam over a week ago, has been found dead in one of the city’s canals. A major police investigation is now underway to find out just what happened to the 30-year-old Cole, who was described as an “experienced traveler.” An expert in Asian and […]

New York Online Poker Bill Moves a Step Closer to Passing

New York Online Poker Bill Moves a Step Closer to Passing

Jon Sofen - February 3rd, 2016

Every New York online poker bill proposed has failed to get past the first step, until now. S.5032-B, a bill sponsored by State Senator John Bonacic (R- 42nd District) would legalize Internet poker in the Empire State. Bonacic, chairman of the Racing, Gaming, and Wagering Committee, along with the poker community, scored a victory, albeit […]

Crown Melbourne Slammed by Media for Flying in Paul Phua for Aussie Millions

Crown Melbourne Slammed by Media for Flying in Paul Phua for Aussie Millions

Philip Conneller - February 2nd, 2016

Paul Phua may be off the hook legally for his alleged involvement in a World Cup sports betting scandal at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in 2014, but the Malaysian poker pro is still under scrutiny by many. The latest bout involves the Australian media, who have come out guns blazing regarding the Crown Casino […]

Shane Warne Foundation Ceases Operations and Takes Charity Poker Event with It

Shane Warne Foundation Ceases Operations and Takes Charity Poker Event with It

Daniel Smyth - January 31st, 2016

The Shane Warne Foundation (TSWF) in Australia, responsible for hosting a number of charity poker tournaments, has ceased operations amid accusations of financial misconduct. Following claims that the organization had deliberately hidden or misrepresented the distribution of its funds, former cricketer Shane Warne recently announced that he was closing down the charity, but insisted there […]

Horseshoe Casino Cleveland Poker Dealer Gets Lenient Sentence for Chip Theft

Horseshoe Casino Cleveland Poker Dealer Gets Lenient Sentence for Chip Theft

Daniel Smyth - January 26th, 2016

A Horseshoe Casino Cleveland poker dealer has been sentenced to 18 months probation and 250 hours of community service after stealing chips from the Ohio-based property at which he worked. Randall White, a former poker dealer at the Horseshoe, was arrested in 2015 after his employer caught him stealing chips from the table. According to […]

France Rejects Online Poker Player Pool Sharing, Much to the Chagrin of ARJEL

France Rejects Online Poker Player Pool Sharing, Much to the Chagrin of ARJEL

Philip Conneller - January 26th, 2016

French online poker has been dealt a blow, and it’s one that may strike at the very heart of the game’s life force. That because politicians in France have once again rejected proposals to authorize online poker liquidity sharing with other jurisdictions. France’s online gambling regulator, ARJEL, had hoped to convince the French National Assembly […]

California DFS Bill Progresses, Closing in on State Legislation

California DFS Bill Progresses, Closing in on State Legislation

Jon Sofen - January 25th, 2016

A California DFS bill allowing websites such as FanDuel and DraftKings to legally operate within the state has now progressed through the state legislature. This bill would change how these major daily fantasy sports sites do business, however. DFS sites in California, if the bill passes, must receive approval from the state in order to […]

Russia Weighs Luck vs. Skill in the Global Online Poker Debate, and Findings Could Lead to Legalization

Russia Weighs Luck vs. Skill in the Global Online Poker Debate, and Findings Could Lead to Legalization

Jon Sofen - January 22nd, 2016

For proponents of online poker in Russia, it’s not quite yet time to celebrate. But it is time for optimism, if recent indications hold true. Online poker is currently illegal in Russia. But poker remains popular among Russians, many of whom play online, regardless of legalities. In the near future, those Russian poker players may […]

Pennsylvania Likely to Legalize Online Poker by June, State Rep John Payne Is Optimistic

Pennsylvania Likely to Legalize Online Poker by June, State Rep John Payne Is Optimistic

Philip Conneller - January 20th, 2016

Pennsylvania will likely legalize online poker by summer, according to State Representative John Payne (R-Dauphin County). Payne introduced bill HB 649 last year that aims to authorize and regulate online casino gaming and poker in his state, as well as proposing some provisions for land-based gambling expansion, such as the extension of casino liquor licenses […]

Nebraska Poker Legalization Faces Stiff Challenge

Nebraska Poker Legalization Faces Stiff Challenge

Jon Sofen - January 16th, 2016

Nebraska poker players have long been forced to cross over the Missouri River into Iowa to play poker. Gambling is sparse in the Cornhusker State, which may be good for the Iowa economy, but is less convenient for Nebraskans. Nebraska residents, especially those residing east of Omaha, would love to play poker in their home […]

GVC Reports Strong Growth as Bwin.Party Takeover Date Approaches

GVC Reports Strong Growth as Bwin.Party Takeover Date Approaches

Philip Conneller - January 13th, 2016

As GVC Holdings prepares to complete its $1.6 billion takeover of bwin.party, a final, pre-acquisition trading update shows the company is in robust health. GVC reported a 10.2 percent increase in net gaming revenue (NGR) for 2015, to €247.7 million ($269 million) in comparison with €224.8 million ($244 million) in 2014. GVC also said that […]