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- 21 Mar, 2017
Poker Night in America's Grudge Match turned out boring, as Cate Hall and Mike Dentale failed to produce the fiery personalities they displayed on Twitter
- 20 Mar, 2017
A look back at the biggest and best moments since PokerStars returned to the United States market in New Jersey on March 21 of last year.
- 17 Mar, 2017
Pennsylvania Casino Revenue Continues To Slide; Online Gambling Sits On Sidelines As Possible Solution
The news for the Pennsylvania casino industry continues to be less-than-stellar, as total gaming revenue dropped year-over-year in February.
- 16 Mar, 2017
Seven states are considering legalizing online gambling. But Americans are gambling online whether state lawmakers think they are or not.
- 16 Mar, 2017
Opponents of online gambling are propping up a baseless claim about online gambling's low tax rate cannibalizing land-based gambling.
- 15 Mar, 2017
With progressive minded lawmakers and officials, Massachusetts has jumped into the top tier of candidates for online gambling legalization in the US.
- 15 Mar, 2017
Concerns that online gambling will cannibalize land-based casinos overlook a simple truth: Online gamblers are different than their land-based counterparts.
- 14 Mar, 2017
February's short length apparently wasn't a strong enough force to prevent the NJ online gambling industry from breaking more revenue records.
- 13 Mar, 2017
A new bill surfaced in Pennsylvania that would prohibit and criminalize online poker and gambling as the state considers regulation, taxation of iGaming.
- 10 Mar, 2017
John Boehner and Harry Reid retired from politics, but the two politicians now have new gigs working for a newly formed think tank created by MGM and UNLV.
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.