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.

California Online Poker Push for 2016 Goes Out with a Whimper

California Online Poker Push for 2016 Goes Out with a Whimper

Philip Conneller - August 24th, 2016

A California online poker bill, AB 2863, appears to be dead for the year. With just one week to go till the end of the  Golden State’s legislative session for 2016, Monday came and passed without any movement on the bill. And the state’s powerful warring tribal stakeholders remain as deeply divided, and entrenched, as […]

Poker Player Travell Thomas, Facing Fraud Charges, Claims Bias in Court

Poker Player Travell Thomas, Facing Fraud Charges, Claims Bias in Court

Jon Sofen - August 23rd, 2016

New York poker player Travell Thomas, facing charges of fraud, has claimed he was targeted for being an African-American. Thomas sought to depose legendary US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara, the man who almost single-handedly brought down illegal online gambling in America back in 2011. In court documents, the poker […]

Portland Meadows Poker Room Reportedly Operating Illegally

Portland Meadows Poker Room Reportedly Operating Illegally

Jon Sofen - August 20th, 2016

Portland Meadows Poker Room is not only operating illegally. It is doing so openly, without regard for consequences, according to an investigative report from Portland, Oregon’s NBC affiliate, KGW.com and a lawyer who has fought social gaming for years. But the laws aren’t cut and dry. The report alleges Portland Meadows Poker Room isn’t following […]

PokerStars Could Be Excluded from California Online Poker Bill

PokerStars Could Be Excluded from California Online Poker Bill

Jon Sofen - August 18th, 2016

PokerStars may be left in the dust if a California online poker bill passes, at least for its first five years. A last-minute adjustment to Assemblyman Adam Gray’s proposed bill AB 2863 to legalize and regulate online poker in the Golden State would make it impossible for PokerStars to operate in California right off the […]

Phoenix Poker Club Raided, Owners Charged

Phoenix Poker Club Raided, Owners Charged

Philip Conneller - August 16th, 2016

Operators of an illegal poker club in Phoenix, AZ appeared in court this week to face charges including controlling a criminal enterprise and managing and financing gambling. Esho and Ashour Odisho are the owners of Poker Union, a card room raided by police last Thursday following a yearlong investigation that included the use of undercover […]

Marcel Luske Sues PokerStars Over International Poker Rules Dispute

Marcel Luske Sues PokerStars Over International Poker Rules Dispute

Philip Conneller - August 11th, 2016

Marcel Luske is reportedly suing PokerStars, the company he represented as a brand ambassador for many years. According to a filing in Clark County District Court, as reported by CDCgamingreports’ Mike Heuer, Luske accuses Rational Services dba PokerStars, Amaya Services, and Rational Entertainment Enterprises of fraud, misrepresentation, and copyright infringement. The charges surround the gaming […]

California Online Poker Bill Expected to Reach Assembly Vote Thursday

California Online Poker Bill Expected to Reach Assembly Vote Thursday

Philip Conneller - August 9th, 2016

A California online poker bill, AB 2836, is likely to receive a vote on the Assembly floor this week, after it was pulled from the agenda on Monday in order to allow the state’s feuding stakeholders time for some last-ditch negotiations. Just what is going on behind closed doors is anyone’s guess, but the main theme […]

Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva Denies Claims He Videotaped Strip Poker Game Involving Minor

Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva Denies Claims He Videotaped Strip Poker Game Involving Minor

Jon Sofen - August 8th, 2016

Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva went into defense mode amid accusations he videotaped a strip poker game involving a minor at a summer camp he hosted. Silva denied the charges but Stockton police want him to resign immediately. He faces up to three years in prison. But before he surrenders his freedom, the California mayor won’t […]

Strip Poker Game with Minor Lands California Mayor Anthony Silva in Jail

Strip Poker Game with Minor Lands California Mayor Anthony Silva in Jail

Jon Sofen - August 6th, 2016

Strip poker is meant to be a game enjoyed between consenting adults. Anthony Silva, the mayor of Stockton, California, however, allegedly ignored the “adults” part of that equation, and that action has landed him in the pokie in the Golden State. According to investigators, the mayor joined in and even recorded a game of strip […]

Asian Poker League to Hold Poker Festival in China 16 Months after Nanjing Millions Bust

Asian Poker League to Hold Poker Festival in China 16 Months after Nanjing Millions Bust

Philip Conneller - August 5th, 2016

The Asian Poker League is due to hold a poker festival in Beijing from 12 -18 August, the first on Chinese soil since PokerStars’ APPT Nanjing Millions was dramatically raided by authorities and shut down over a year ago. In the early hours of April 17th, 2015, four days into the Nanjing Millions Main Event, […]

California Online Poker Not Urgent, Says State Senate Leader Kevin de León

California Online Poker Not Urgent, Says State Senate Leader Kevin de León

Daniel Smyth - August 5th, 2016

California online poker might be on the horizon somewhere, but the state’s senate leader isn’t in any rush to push through regulation. According to a recent report by the Los Angeles Times, California Senate President Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) appears to be apathetic towards the issue of regulated online poker, saying he’s “not in […]