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26 Mar, 2015
Supporters of legal Internet gambling in the United States are calling Wednesday's RAWA hearing a victory for their side. Here, we look at what each of the five witnesses called had to say and what impact this hearing had on the ongoing debate over regulated iGaming.
25 Mar, 2015
At a series of technology demonstrations held today by the PPA ahead of a hearing focusing on the anti-online gambling legislation RAWA, members of the media, congressional staff, and others were shown the realities of the regulated online gambling industry in the United States.
24 Mar, 2015
Today marked the first day that Nevada online poker players and those from Delaware can play against one another on platforms operated by WSOP.com and 888. This long-anticipated move will greatly increase access to games - and in the case of Delaware, opponents - for internet poker players from both states.
24 Mar, 2015
Given his company's long and well-documented history of fighting unionized labor, advocates of legal online gambling in the United States are once again questioning Sheldon Adelson's motives in the wake of remarks by his lobbying group, CSIG, that the legalization of internet poker and other games harms union jobs.
23 Mar, 2015
With the closure of a medium-sized handful of Las Vegas poker rooms in the last couple of years, a look at how land-based casino properties both on the Strip and off have chosen to repurpose the vacated space. While some have simply brought in more slot and video poker machines, others have taken a different tack.
23 Mar, 2015
The official witness list for Wednesday's hearing on RAWA has been released and now includes Andrew Moylan, a fierce supporter of states' rights who is expected to temper the tone of the other witnesses, all of whom strongly oppose regulated online gambling in the United States.
23 Mar, 2015
As Pennsylvania ponders what lies ahead for its land-based casinos - and the regulation of legal internet gambling - two key lawmakers remain far apart on what the roadmap for the state should look like and who should get a slice of the pie.
20 Mar, 2015
The Poker Player's Alliance will, just hours before next Wednesday's subcommittee hearing on the anti-online gambling bill RAWA, be giving a presentation on how various technologies work within the legal U.S. online poker and internet gambling industries. Set to appear are representatives from Caesars Entertainment and GeoComply.
19 Mar, 2015
Tie-ins between the live World Series of Poker and its online poker room WSOP.com will be stronger than ever this year. A look at how joining forces with its New Jersey online poker component will bring positive changes to this summer's live events.
18 Mar, 2015
A bevy of state lawmakers, lottery officials, and others are coming out against the Sheldon Adelson-backed RAWA legislation, asserting that the regulation of online poker and other forms of internet gambling should be left up to state legislators.
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.