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- 30 Jun, 2015
A California internet poker hearing in the legislature provided little reason for optimism, other than one compromise offered by a key tribal coalition.
- 29 Jun, 2015
Westgate has closed its poker room, and there are conflicting reports as to whether it will eventually reopen. This closure marks the 13th shuttering of a Las Vegas, Nevada poker room since 2012.
- 27 Jun, 2015
At Wednesday's California online poker hearing, a major topic was how to shut unregulated offshore operators out of the California iPoker market. The solution is a simple one: let legal operators in.
- 26 Jun, 2015
As Pennsylvania lawmakers struggle with a massive budget deficit, the regulation and taxation of online gambling might be a reasonable compromise that could provide an alternative to cutting pensions and raising taxes on residents and businesses.
- 25 Jun, 2015
With new cosponsor and fellow GOP Presidential candidate Marco Rubio now on board, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham introduced RAWA in the Senate yesterday. The legislation, backed by Sheldon Adelson, seeks a federal ban on online gambling.
- 23 Jun, 2015
Full agenda for the June 24 hearing in front of the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee inside, an agenda that promises plenty of clash between competing visions for California online poker regulation.
- 19 Jun, 2015
Pennsylvania gaming regulators have asserted that they are prepared to take on regulated online gambling should the state pass a bill to legalize online poker and casino games.
- 18 Jun, 2015
The forces trying to bring regulated online poker to California -- led by PokerStars -- are making a marketing push, launching californians4ipoker.com.
- 17 Jun, 2015
While New Jersey online casinos marked up healthy revenue last month, NJ legal online poker sites were at a six month low. Robert DellaFave explains why it might be a seasonal trend, and why it might not be.
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.