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- 12 Apr, 2017
A vast majority of players owed money by the now defunct Full Tilt Poker have been made whole. Now, it's Absolute Poker and UB players' turn.
- 10 Apr, 2017
The raid of the Bicycle Casino by federal agents caught many people by surprise. Here's what happened and how it could impact California online poker.
- 07 Apr, 2017
The National Governors Association didn't mince words in sending a letter to US Attorney General Jeff Sessions about online gambling.
- 06 Apr, 2017
Trump Taj Mahal was an eyesore before the property was shuttered, but new owner Hard Rock plans to remove the previous over-the-top design elements.
- 05 Apr, 2017
Once again, PokerStars NJ has proven able to attract tournament grinders to its special events. Last weekend's Big Sunday was the latest example.
- 04 Apr, 2017
After spending nearly $300 million, Tang Hao, a wealthy Hong Kong businessman, now owns over 11 percent of all Amaya stock.
- 03 Apr, 2017
The editorial team at the Boston Globe made several questionable charges in an anti-online gambling column that appeared in this Sunday's paper.
- 01 Apr, 2017
Comparing New Jersey online poker bonus offers.
- 30 Mar, 2017
Nevada's poker rooms experienced some incremental growth in February, but the forecast remains bleak as a Las Vegas Strip casino will close its poker room.
- 30 Mar, 2017
There could be yet another state with casino gambling if the New Hampshire House of Representatives follows the Senate's lead and passes legislation.
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.