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US ONLINE POKER NEWS
24 Apr, 2015
Delaware online poker revenue had a 26% jump last month, with player signups at a high not seen since last November. The state's online casinos saw a revenue dip in March, though the news there was not all bad.
23 Apr, 2015
Party and Sportech, two companies operating in the legal New Jersey online poker and casino market, received full DGE approval this week and were issued CSIE licenses. It is expected that additional New Jersey online gaming licenses will be coming in the near future.
23 Apr, 2015
A new campaign is pushing California online poker players to use a web tool to contact legislators directly to pass a California online poker bill. Four bills that would legalize online poker in CA are pending in the state legislature.
22 Apr, 2015
Pennsylvania State Senator Jay Costa said Tuesday that he is willing to consider legislation that would regulate online gambling in the state. Pennsylvania is seen by many as the state most likely to be next to pass laws to allow for online poker and casino games.
22 Apr, 2015
Legislation in Nevada that would ban interstate online casino games is being backed by Sheldon Adelson, but why? Right now the state only offers regulated online poker games, and the bill seems to fix a problem that does not exist.
20 Apr, 2015
It has been two weeks since the Poker Players Alliance put out a White House petition to protect against an online gambling ban. Thus far it has only managed to get 4,000 signatures. We present three reasons why the petition is stalled.
18 Apr, 2015
Lock Poker, an unregulated site offering games to U.S. players that has not paid a player in over one year, appears to have permanently shuttered its operations. If this is confirmed, the amount of unpaid player funds will be among the largest such losses to date.
17 Apr, 2015
Largest poker room in Las Vegas joins MGM and Wynn, as Venetian ends the practice of allowing cash to play at its live poker tables. The new policy is set to go into effect at the start of next month.
17 Apr, 2015
While land-based casinos in Atlantic City continue to struggle, the story in March was different for legal NJ online poker sites and online casinos, which posted record-setting revenues of over $13 million.
16 Apr, 2015
PokerStars is reported to be close to being approved to operate an online poker room in New Jersey, this according to Morris Bailey, the owner of PokerStars' land-based casino partner in Atlantic City, Resorts.
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.