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- 20 Oct, 2016
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said he doesn't "plan" to push for the federal online gambling ban that Sheldon Adelson desires.
- 19 Oct, 2016
Follow US Poker for live updates of today's online gambling and daily fantasy sports hearing in the Pennsylvania House Gaming Oversight Committee.
- 18 Oct, 2016
The Pennsylvania House Gaming Oversight Committee will hold an online gaming hearing on Wednesday. Here's the list of witnesses and what to expect.
- 17 Oct, 2016
The end of summer was a lucrative time for Pennsylvania's casinos, as gambling revenue in the state was up three percent year over year in September.
- 14 Oct, 2016
New Jersey online poker revenue may have dipped somewhat in September, but there's plenty of reason to believe that the industry is in a favorable spot.
- 13 Oct, 2016
The Trump Taj Mahal closed its doors on Monday, but could Carl Icahn reopen the property in a few months? That's one possible future for the property.
- 13 Oct, 2016
The Poker Hall of Fame Class of 2016 includes Todd Brunson and Carlos Mortensen. The pair will be inducted in a ceremony on October 26 at Binion's.
- 12 Oct, 2016
Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby has been a staunch advocate of taking an omnibus approach to online gambling in the Bay State.
- 11 Oct, 2016
The potential merger of William Hill and Amaya would be a game changer in the gambling industry and for PokerStars. Here's what poker players need to know.
- 10 Oct, 2016
The iconic Atlantic City casino, Trump Taj Mahal, closed its doors on Monday. The casino embodied the good and the bad of Atlantic City's gambling industry.
Legal US Poker Sites 2016
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.
Pennsylvania legislature is considering legalizing us poker sites and the consensus among experts is that a bill will be passed in spring 2016.
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.