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- 23 Jul, 2015
Though Pennsylvania has yet to pass legislation to allow online gambling, if the Keystone State does introduce regulated online poker and casino games, its industry will likely outperform that of near neighbor New Jersey.
- 22 Jul, 2015
Online gambling could be an issue during the first Republican presidential debate in August, and many of the candidates would support an iGaming ban.
- 21 Jul, 2015
June wasn't a sunny one in Delaware, at least not as far as the state's legal online poker and casino sites were concerned. John Mehaffey dives into the disappointing revenue numbers.
- 21 Jul, 2015
Mohegan Sun has launched an online casino site in New Jersey. Resorts is Mohegan's land-based partner; it won't be offering poker as PokerStars is paired with Resorts for its New Jersey online poker operations.
- 20 Jul, 2015
Alex Dreyfus is a man with a plan - a plan to take the gamble out of poker. He has big ideas on how to "sportify" poker, one being the Global Poker League.
- 17 Jul, 2015
An examination of what the effect of the 888 takeover of bwin.party might mean for players in states with legal online gambling - Delaware, New Jersey, and Nevada - as well as its implications for future interstate online poker agreements.
- 16 Jul, 2015
June was not a great month for New Jersey online poker revenue, however the story was not entirely a sad one. And, with PokerStars set to come to the Garden State in the near future, a turnaround is expected.
- 15 Jul, 2015
With the November Nine now set, a look at who won, who lost, and who broke even at the 2015 World Series of Poker. Spoiler: online poker came up a winner.
- 14 Jul, 2015
2015 has seen Caesars make even more improvements in integrating its live World Series of Poker tournament with its online poker offerings in Nevada and New Jersey. Steve Ruddock explores what they're getting right, and what can be even better next year.
- 13 Jul, 2015
MGM has put forward the idea of an Atlanta casino. With players now driving to several other states, there is clearly a market for a casino, but the path to legal casino gambling is a rocky one in Georgia.
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.