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- 22 Nov, 2015
The Poker Players Alliance is ramping up efforts to push for legalization of online poker and gambling in Pennsylvania.
- 18 Nov, 2015
A Pennsylvania committee passed an online gambling bill, John Payne's HB649, that would legalize and regulate poker and casino games in the state.
- 17 Nov, 2015
A new Texas Hold’em bot, called “Texas Hold’em Fold Up,” is now available in Las Vegas at Harrah’s.
- 16 Nov, 2015
With the World Series of Poker 2015 Main Event in the rear-view mirror, what did we learn, and what worked and what didn't with the 2015 November Nine?
- 15 Nov, 2015
Following a disastrous September, the New Jersey online poker market responded in a big way in terms of revenue in October.
- 13 Nov, 2015
The debate over whether daily fantasy sports is a game of skill or a game of chance isn't helping the industry, or anyone for that matter.
- 12 Nov, 2015
The USA TODAY Sports Media Group and the Global Poker Index (GPI) have entered into a multi-year content partnership.
- 12 Nov, 2015
Proponents of a proposed ban on online gambling ignore the UIGEA when it comes to the federal government's position on allowing iGaming on the state level.
- 10 Nov, 2015
Amaya Earnings Call: PokerStars NJ Launch Update, eSports Crossover Product And Lowered Earnings Projection
Amaya's earnings call included lots of interesting news, including an update on the PokerStars New Jersey launch and word of an interesting eSports product.
- 10 Nov, 2015
The World Series of Poker main event is down to three players; here's a look at the storylines so far in the November Nine.
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.