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.

GOP Omits Online Gambling Ban Support from Platform as RNC Wraps Up

GOP Omits Online Gambling Ban Support from Platform as RNC Wraps Up

Philip Conneller - July 22nd, 2016

The Republican National Convention (RNC) may have been packed full of talking points this week, but the most pertinent takeaway for US poker players on GOP policy might be that the party will no longer call for a ban on Internet poker. It’s the first time since 1996 that online gaming prohibition has not been […]

Russia to Classify Bitcoin as Foreign Currency

Russia to Classify Bitcoin as Foreign Currency

Philip Conneller - July 21st, 2016

Russia’s war against Bitcoin is losing steam: its antagonistic attitude toward the decentralized currency is now apparently thawing. The country has been flexing its muscles against the digital cryptocurrency since 2014. Earlier this year, Russia even took steps to outlaw the use of all such monetary forms with a bill that sought to make their […]

Nebraska Poker Could Come as Early as November

Nebraska Poker Could Come as Early as November

Philip Conneller - July 19th, 2016

Nebraska poker could soon be more than just the occasional home game. That’s because pending legislation that would legalize brick-and-mortar casinos could tangentially lead to land-based poker rooms in the Cornhusker State. Legal poker rooms would only seem like poetic justice, as the creation of the game Omaha would seemingly have some connection to its […]

Tarnished Former Full Tilt Exec Ray Bitar Gets 10 Year Irish Business Ban, and an Apparent Miracle

Tarnished Former Full Tilt Exec Ray Bitar Gets 10 Year Irish Business Ban, and an Apparent Miracle

Daniel Smyth - July 18th, 2016

Ray Bitar, the former Full Tilt boss, has been banned from running a business in Ireland for ten years, according to the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE). Despite being an American, Bitar will be unable to assume the role of company director in Ireland, due to his business practices at the time […]

Hawaiian Gardens Fined $2.8M for Lax AML Procedures

Hawaiian Gardens Fined $2.8M for Lax AML Procedures

Philip Conneller - July 18th, 2016

Hawaiian Gardens, one of the major California card clubs allied with the push for online poker in the state, has been fined $2.8 million for repeated anti-money laundering (AML) violations. The Gardens is the latest in a long list of California card clubs to catch the attention of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) for a […]

Pro-RAWA Governor Mike Pence to Join Donald Trump on GOP Ticket

Pro-RAWA Governor Mike Pence to Join Donald Trump on GOP Ticket

Devin O'Connor - July 15th, 2016

Donald Trump and Indiana’s Republican Governor Mike Pence will represent their mutual party in the 2016 presidential election. The billionaire GOP businessman nominee formally announced Pence as his running mate on July 15. “I am pleased to announce that I have chosen Governor Mike Pence as my Vice Presidential running mate,” Trump tweeted. He added […]

Could Iowa Online Poker Reemerge After Major Land-Based Gaming Revenue Growth?

Could Iowa Online Poker Reemerge After Major Land-Based Gaming Revenue Growth?

Daniel Smyth - July 12th, 2016

Iowa online poker legalization measures may have been shelved back in 2012, but the state’s land-based gambling industry is thriving. Now some are wondering if it might be a good time to revisit the Internet poker issue again. The Hawkeye State’s Racing and Gaming Commission has reported a $21.6 million increase in gambling revenue during […]

Dutch Online Gambling Bill Makes Progress (At Last!)

Dutch Online Gambling Bill Makes Progress (At Last!)

Philip Conneller - July 10th, 2016

The Dutch lower chamber of parliament passed a bill that will drastically reform Holland’s online gambling laws this week. The Dutch Remote Gambling Act will now, finally, go to the Senate, where it is expected to be approved and passed into law. The Act has been debated endlessly in the lower house since it was […]

Portugal Online Poker Reforms Delayed over Liquidity Confusion

Portugal Online Poker Reforms Delayed over Liquidity Confusion

Philip Conneller - July 9th, 2016

Portugal’s online poker players will have to wait at least four months for regulated online poker, and likely much longer, thanks to an apparent mix-up in its newly drafted regulations. The country’s online gambling reforms actually came into force at the end of June, opening up the previously monopolized market to foreign operators. While the […]

Tony G Applies for UKIP Leadership

Tony G Applies for UKIP Leadership

Philip Conneller - July 7th, 2016

Antanas Guoga, Member of Europe Parliament for the Republic of Lithuania, or as most of us know him bombastic poker player Tony G, has a nose for a publicity opportunity. Which is why he is attempting to stand for the leadership of the UK Independence Party (UKIP). A footnote for those not so hot on […]

“You’re Hired,” Trump Tells Michael Abboud, Nephew of Adelson Right-Hand Man

“You’re Hired,” Trump Tells Michael Abboud, Nephew of Adelson Right-Hand Man

Philip Conneller - July 4th, 2016

Donald Trump’s new hire, communications coordinator Michael Abboud, is the nephew of Las Vegas Sands’ VP of Government Relations and Sheldon Adelson right-hand man, Andy Abboud, it was revealed this week. Conspiracy theorists will note that Adelson, who would love nothing more than to wipe regulated online poker off the face of the earth, recently put […]