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- 25 Aug, 2015
A recap of the convoluted path bwin.party has taken to acquisition as a completion of the sale finally seems to be within reach.
- 24 Aug, 2015
With PokerStars set to launch in New Jersey soon, it might be online casino rather than online poker that earns Amaya big bucks in the United States market.
- 22 Aug, 2015
Comparing New Jersey online poker bonus offers.
- 21 Aug, 2015
Both the Wynn and Venetian will cut comp rates at their Las Vegas, Nevada poker rooms. Venetian players who have not been inactive within the last year will also need to claim stored comps or lose them.
- 20 Aug, 2015
With new slots titles and new account signups strong, the Delaware Internet Lottery posted the best online gambling revenue figures in 3 months for July. Online poker? That's another story.
- 19 Aug, 2015
A recent incident of card flipping at a poker tournament has left the poker community embroiled in an online debate about the most correct and fair punishment for this act. Steve Ruddock offers his opinion about what should happen when this very rare transgression occurs.
- 18 Aug, 2015
The Las Vegas Club, a casino that has been in operation for more than 80 years in Nevada, has been purchased by owners of the downtown Vegas casino the D. It has been on the decline for years, and will shutter its doors on Wednesday night.
- 17 Aug, 2015
An exploratory hearing will be held next month in New York state, the focus of which will be a proposal to allow online poker only. The proposal, which has serious flaws, would exclude regulated online casino games.
- 14 Aug, 2015
The continued strength of the NJ online casino market upstaged the modest gains made on the New Jersey online poker side, which should extend into August.
- 12 Aug, 2015
The WSOP asked for nominations for the Poker Hall of Fame, which sparked a debate about whether PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg belongs.
Legal US Poker Sites 2015
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.
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.