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US ONLINE POKER NEWS
- 29 Sep, 2015
As the fate of Pennsylvania online gambling remains up in the air, the state looks into sports betting and daily fantasy sports.
- 28 Sep, 2015
As hopes for a federal online poker bill grow dimmer, the path forward for iPoker could be through state initiatives like in Washington state and Florida.
- 27 Sep, 2015
Poker entrepreneur Alex Dreyfus takes to Huffington Post to sell his vision to "sportify" poker. Can he succeed?
- 25 Sep, 2015
The Center for Freedom and Prosperity led a coalition of interest groups in sending a letter to Congress opposing the Restoration of America's Wire Act.
- 24 Sep, 2015
A legal sports betting market in the United States could generated $12 billion in revenue, according to a recent report.
- 23 Sep, 2015
An article at ESPN raised questions about daily fantasy sports and its link to gambling, as the author wrote candidly about introducing his child to DFS.
- 22 Sep, 2015
Golden Nugget announced on Monday that its free-play poker site will cease operations, another sign that it has likely given up on real-money online poker.
- 18 Sep, 2015
Daily fantasy sports companies and industry advocates love to claim their DFS contests are 100% legal in the U.S. But is that really the case?
- 18 Sep, 2015
August was a merciful one for the New Jersey online poker industry, with revenue on the upswing for the second month in a row despite seasonal challenges.
- 16 Sep, 2015
The finalists for the 2015 Poker Hall of Fame have been revealed, and the list is full of deserving nominees, which hasn't always been the case recently.
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.