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- 23 May, 2016
The World Series of Poker continues to find ways to integrate online poker into the live tournament series that is about to start in Las Vegas.
- 23 May, 2016
Online gambling legislation appears to be officially on the watch list in Pennsylvania, as chatter is ramping up regarding action in the House.
- 20 May, 2016
Former Full Tilt Poker executive Howard Lederer apologized for the poker site failing to be able to play players after 2011's Black Friday.
- 18 May, 2016
The active legislation in four states that are considering legalizing online gambling and poker all face uncertain futures but are still alive for 2016.
- 17 May, 2016
Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson is backing Donald Trump for president. And that could be bad news for the future of U.S. online gambling.
- 16 May, 2016
A reinvigorated New Jersey online poker industry posted its highest revenue tallies in two years, thanks mostly to PokerStars.
- 13 May, 2016
Reports about a bill that would legalize and regulate online poker and gambling in Michigan gave us differing views of the legislation's future.
- 12 May, 2016
WSOP.com New Jersey is offering a number of impressive online promotions before the live World Series of Poker begins in Las Vegas later this month.
- 11 May, 2016
Language that could help the Restoration of America's Wire Act was added to an appropriations bill in the U.S. Senate.
- 09 May, 2016
The World Series of Poker is starting soon, and WSOP.com Nevada is offering players a number of ways to play their way into the tournament series.
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.