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- 19 Jan, 2017
Virginia State Senator Louise Lucas has been pushing for her state to authorize casinos. With little to show for it, Lucas has turned her focus to poker.
- BREAKING18 Jan, 2017
Live updates from the online poker and daily fantasy sports hearing in the Washington State Senate Commerce, Labor & Sports Committee.
- 18 Jan, 2017
A bill that would have allowed the Virginia lottery to sell certain lottery tickets online was voted down in a subcommittee hearing on Tuesday.
- 17 Jan, 2017
Thanks to the launch of PokerStars, NJ online poker revenue was up in 2016, but the increase was far from dramatic. Expect revenue to remain stable in 2017.
- 17 Jan, 2017
PokerStars is sponsoring Damon Ferrante in the Borgata Winter Poker Open. He is battling an incurable form of cancer will donate a portion of his winnings.
- 16 Jan, 2017
Pennyslvania Senate Republicans are going to introduce their own gambling expansion package, one that will likely include online gambling legalization.
- 13 Jan, 2017
PartyPoker announced a new poker tour called PartyPoker LIVE. The live events will take place across the globe, including the North American market.
- 12 Jan, 2017
WSOP NJ is offering two chances for players to participate in two weeks of freerolls with $1,000 guaranteed cash and additional prizes.
- 12 Jan, 2017
A new bill from Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) tries to legally define "chance" and possibly change the way games of chance are taxed in the future.
- 11 Jan, 2017
Statements from US Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions create concern for online gambling at the federal level. But some of that concern may be overblown.
Legal US Poker Sites 2017
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 was a small site that only offers No Limit Texas Hold’em and is effectively inactive at this point.
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 three poker networks in New Jersey. One hosts Borgata and Party Poker, the other has WSOP.com and 888 on it, and the third is made up solely of PokerStars NJ. All networks are about equal in overall size at any given point in time.
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.
Pennsylvania legislature is considering legalizing us poker sites and the consensus among experts is that a bill may be passed in spring 2017.
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 2016 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.