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- 18 May, 2015
Currently there are three active bills in the Nevada Legislature that pertain to gaming. Here, an update on what each bill entails and where each currently stands. Spoiler alert: an Adelson-backed bill to restrict online gambling compacts has withered and died.
- 18 May, 2015
Last week the C5 US Online Gaming Conference was held in New York. Steve Ruddock was on a panel there, and looks back at the five most important takeaways from this discussion on the current state of U.S. regulated online gambling.
- 16 May, 2015
The two facets of New Jersey's online gambling industry continued to move along divergent paths in April, with casinos boasting strong annual growth and poker falling below the $2 million benchmark for the first time since November.
- 15 May, 2015
Regulating online casino games is the only effective way to ensure that unlicensed offshore operators are not offering games to U.S. players. Though there is no "beatable" online casino game, offering these games can have positive effects for online poker players and operators.
- 14 May, 2015
New Jersey online poker players will have the opportunity to qualify for the $2 million guaranteed WPT500 tournament taking place this July in Las Vegas via satellites that will be offered by PartyPoker NJ.
- 13 May, 2015
Nevada Senator Harry Reid, who is set to retire next year, commented to the Las Vegas Sun that he would strongly consider a U.S. online gambling ban. But would he really roll back online poker in Nevada?
- 12 May, 2015
WSOP.com has brought back fixed limit games to its Nevada online poker room after a software glitch zapped them last winter. The games will be available shortly to New Jersey online poker players.
- 12 May, 2015
For years after the recession, evidence of the country's economic woes were visible all over Las Vegas. Things are changing, however, with new construction taking place on The Las Vegas Strip and beyond.
- 11 May, 2015
The online gambling advocacy community should do a better job of vetting links before sharing them. Linking to sites that promote unregulated U.S. online poker rooms does nothing to further the cause of regulation, and in fact encourages players to continue accessing unregulated sites.
- 07 May, 2015
An op-ed from the director of the NACS relies wholly on fantasy - and ignores the known facts - to make a bogus case against regulated online gambling and claim that RAWA provides a mechanism for defending states' rights.
Legal US Online Poker Sites
Legal U.S. online poker 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.