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- 19 Jul, 2016
Indiana Governor Mike Pence has been tapped for the vice presidential slot on the Republican ticket. Here's a look at where Pence stands on gambling issues.
- 18 Jul, 2016
You can now play in slot machine tournaments at some of MGM's Las Vegas properties from your smart phone, tablet or computer.
- 15 Jul, 2016
Pennsylvania took one step closer to legalizing online gambling this week, as a gambling expansion with iGaming included will be taken up in the fall.
- 14 Jul, 2016
From the looks of the latest NJ online poker revenue report, the initial hoopla surrounding PokerStars NJ launch has all but died out.
- 12 Jul, 2016
Tuesday appears to be the day of reckoning for the Pennsylvania budget. And it could be the day that online gambling is passed by the legislature.
- 09 Jul, 2016
The inaugural online bracelet event held at the 2015 WSOP was a huge success. This year's online bracelet event was even better, with entries up 27 percent.
- 08 Jul, 2016
Now that we know Phil Ivey won't be eligible until 2017, Poker Hall of Famers will have to make a difficult decision when they make their 2016 picks.
- 08 Jul, 2016
Not everyone can play online poker during the work week, which is why 888 Poker in New Jersey has tuned its Weekend Warrior event toward part-time grinders.
- 07 Jul, 2016
States generally bury their heads in the sand on online gambling, or deal it with on a piecemeal basis, which are both inefficient solutions.
Legal US Poker Sites 2016
Legal US online poker sites debuted on April 30, 2013. Ultimate Poker was the site that made history. Nevada was the first state to host fully legal online poker. Texas Hold’em was the only game spread at Ultimate Poker during its first six months in business.
WSOP.com joined the Nevada online poker market on September 17, 2013. The World Series of Poker’s online site brought the first games of Omaha, Omaha High/Low, Seven Card Stud, and Seven Card Stud High/Low to Nevada.
Real Gaming opened in Nevada in February 2014. It is a small site that only offers No Limit Texas Hold’em.
WSOP.com now controls 99% of the Nevada market. This near monopoly was caused by the shuttering of Ultimate Poker in November 2014.
Delaware was the second state to launch legal online poker. There is one network powered by 888. The state’s three racinos – Delaware Park, Dover Down, and Harrington Raceway – are skins on the Delaware poker network. Nevada and Delaware will pool poker players in April 2015. WSOP.com and 888 will be the sites responsible for creating the first legal interstate online poker pool.
New Jersey became the third state with legal online poker on November 21, 2013. There are currently two poker networks in New Jersey. One hosts Borgata and Party Poker, while the other has WSOP.com and 888 on it. Both networks are about equal in size.
There were three additional poker platforms in New Jersey when the state launched regulated poker sites. 888 was originally a standalone site before it merged player pools with WSOP.com. Ultimate Poker was unable to gain more than three percent of the market share. The Ultimate Poker site was shuttered on October 5, 2014. The associated UCasino was also closed at that time. Betfair failed to attract any players and closed its poker site on December 1, 2014. Betfair still operates an online casino in New Jersey.
There are some differences between three regulated poker states. Nevada only permits online poker. New Jersey and Delaware also spread casino games banked by the house. Nevada and New Jersey allow the state’s brick and mortar casinos to operate online sites. In Delaware, the state lottery is the sole operator.
Pennsylvania legislature is considering legalizing us poker sites and the consensus among experts is that a bill will be passed in spring 2016.
One of the biggest advantages to playing online poker at regulated sites in Delaware, Nevada, and New Jersey is that all player funds are just as safe as they would be at a licensed casino in any of those states.
There are also ample deposit and withdrawal methods that are safe and secure.Players can use Visa, Mastercard, electronic checks, bank wires, Neteller, Skrill, PayNearMe, prepaid card, and cash at the associated licensed casino. Withdrawals are processed by electronic check, paper check, Neteller, Skrill, prepaid debit card, and cash at the associated licensed casino. The method available depends on the state and participating site.
Federal law allows states to legalize and regulate online poker. This is specifically exempted from the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. A September 2011 Justice Department opinion confirmed this and explicitly gives states the right to permit intrastate gaming.
There is an attempt in Congress to reverse this legal opinion. The effort is spearheaded by Sheldon Adelson, founder and CEO of Las Vegas Sands, the parent company of Venetian in Las Vegas. Adelson’s lobbyists submitted the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA). The bill failed in 2014 and does not appear to have much support in this Congress. Libertarian groups, states’ rights activists, governors, state lotteries, and most of the gaming industry have come out in opposition to RAWA.