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  1. [caption width="640"] Massachusetts has a lot of online gaming discussion on the table for next year[/caption] A number of states will be looking into legalizing and regulating different versions of online gaming in 2017. Some will look into legalizing and regulating online casino and/or online poker. Others will continue to look into legalizing, and in some cases prohibiting, daily fantasy sports. And still others will take a look at adding online lottery sales. One state will be dealing with each and every one of these online gaming matters, Massachusetts. Massachusetts will try to
  2. [caption width="640"] Pennsylvania and Michigan could still find a way to regulate online gaming in 2016[/caption] The future of online gambling in the United States could very well be decided between now and the end of the year. The country isn't at a make-or-break point, but with no state legalizing online gaming in over three years, any chance at widespread online gambling legalization by 2020 is slowly slipping away. On the other hand, if one or both of the states where online gambling legalization is still very much in play can get a bill passed this year, we could see several ot
  3. [caption width="640"] Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas is the man leading the latest attempt to revisit RAWA[/caption] On the online gaming front, September raised more questions than answers, as two states continue to consider online gambling legalization and a new federal online gambling prohibition bill has surfaced in Congress. The Pennsylvania Senate's unwillingness to act on the gaming reform bill the House passed back in July has created a cloud of uncertainty when it comes to online gambling legalization in the Keystone State. A reworked online gaming bill could be introduce
  4. As more and more states are considering legislating and regulating online poker, PokerStars and the Poker Players Alliance are teaming up to galvanize the poker playing community to help get the word to lawmakers in key states. With New York, Michigan, California and Pennsylvania all considering bills that would allow their residents to legally play online poker again, there has never been a more important time for poker players to rise up and be heard. PokerStars Vice President of Corporate Communications Eric Hollreiser wrote a blog post this week asking poker players to do their
  5. As Pennsylvania continues to discuss the specifics of an online gaming framework in the state, a new bill and continued debate over proposed tax rates have taken center stage. On April 4, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passedH 271, which legalizes tablet gaming in airports. Although this bill only authorizes tablet gaming, legislators see this as their path to becoming the fourth state to legalize online gaming since 2013. Pennsylvania Rep. George Dunbar recently told PocketFives that the ball was in the Senate’s court when it comes to finalizing the deal for online gaming
  6. [caption width="640"] Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering a ban on online gaming.[/caption] During his confirmation hearing in early January, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he’d be open to revisiting the Justice Department’s interpretation of the Wire Act, which allowed states the opportunity to legalize online gaming. Just three months later, it appears Sessions may be following through with that intention. Within the past two weeks, the National Governors Association and the Poker Players Alliance have publicly expressed their opposition to any move from Sessions
  7. [caption width="640"] New York Senator John Bonacic (foreground) and Assemblyman Gary Pretlow (background) have teamed up to push online poker legislation in New York State.[/caption] While no state has legalized iGaming since 2013, New York joins Pennsylvania as a state prepared to do so in 2017. New York Sen. John Bonacic and Assemblyman Gary Pretlow have introduced identical legislation – S03898 and A05250 – in the New York Senate and Assembly that would redefine poker as a game of skill rather than a game of chance. By doing so, state lawmakers would allow the state’s gaming co
  8. The political watchdog group Campaign for Accountability (CfA) has requested that the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs along with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) investigate Sheldon Adelson's Las Vegas Sands (LVS) for potentially filtering foreign laundered money to American politicians. The CfA sent letters to the two government organizations this week after evidence was unearthed that LVS casinos in Macau had strong links to Chinese organized crime groups known as triads. The revelation came during what was supposed to be a relatively mundane wrongful
  9. The "conservative educational foundation" Judicial Watch, which is heavily supported by Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson (pictured), is doing its part by suing the US federal government for access to documents pertaining to the Department of Justice's 2011 reinterpretation of the Wire Act. In 2006, Congress passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), which made it illegal for some online gaming businesses to accept bets from customers in the US. While some online poker sites decided to pull the plug on their operations in America, others remained open for business.
  10. The Restoration of America's Wire Act has now been introduced in both the US Senateand House of Representatives, causing at least a little bit of concern in the poker world, but that does not mean that efforts to legalize online poker in individual states has stopped. Californiaheld another poker hearing last week, perhaps inching ever so slightly closer to creating a regulated internet poker market in the state. It is still a ways off and there are still several points of disagreement among stakeholders, but the hearings at least indicate that the process isn't moving backwards. One thi
  11. Members of the Pennsylvania Senate Community, Economic, and Recreational Development Committee (CERD) heard testimony from several of the state's regulators on Wednesday to assess the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board's (PGCB) ability to police the online gambling industry. That would, of course, only happen if iGaming were legalized in the Commonwealth. Some information for this article was taken from a hearing summary on USPoker. PGCB Executive Director Kevin O'Toole was the first to offer testimony in the hearing. He expressed confidence that internet gambling could be safely regulated,
  12. Those of you rooting for the demise of Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson (pictured) might have finally gotten your wish. On Friday, the Guardian published an articlesaying that Adelson will soon face graft accusations in a US court of law. If you have no idea what graft is, we'll let a dictionary fill you in: "practices, especially bribery, used to secure illicit gains in politics or business; corruption." According to the Guardian, the charges stem from allegedly nefarious actions at Adelson's all-important casinos in Macau and, if prosecutors are successful, could spell the end of hi
  13. A week ago, a hearing in a House Subcommitteediscussed the merits of the Sheldon Adelson-backed Restoring America's Wire Act, or RAWA, which would ban online gambling in the US, including in the three states where it's already regulated. There have been several legislation-related headlines in recent days, so to get caught up on them and discuss the possibility of RAWA advancing, we sat down with Poker Players AllianceVice President Rich TheEngineer Muny. Adelson is pictured. PocketFives: In recent days, RAWA Senate sponsor Lindsey Graham has said he's open to a carve-out in RAWA for online
  14. This just in! PokerStars got some good news on Thursday after a judge dismissed a long-running lawsuit leveled against it by an Illinois woman who claimed to represent thousands of gamblers who had lost money while playing poker on the site. Judge David R. Herndon granted a motion to dismiss an amended complaint filed by Kelly Sonnenberg to put the lawsuit to bed for good. "This is a major victory for PokerStars and instructive for other online gaming providers facing similar attacks from plaintiffs seeking unjust windfalls," said PokerStars attorney Jeff Ifrah. "Through three amended fili
  15. If you were hiding under a rock, you missed the two-hour-long fear-mongering fest that was a House Judiciary Subcommittee's hearing on Restoring America's Wire Act, a bill that comes at the behest of Sheldon Adelson. It ended with a threat for a markup and among those in the room on Capitol Hill during the hearing was Poker Players AllianceExecutive Director John Pappas (pictured). "Today's hearing was about one thing – checking the box to advance Mr. Adelson's bill," said Pappas in a press release. "While the PPA has always encouraged a national discussion on the value of regulating onli
  16. In a Tweet posted on Friday, Gambling Compliance's Chris Krafcik confirmed that Caesars Entertainment, which was historically opposed to companies like PokerStars entering the regulated US market due to their acceptance of real money players after 2006, has started humming a new tune. Krafcik Tweeted: The Tweet brought a few responses on social media, including one from the Poker Players Alliance that said, "Can we get some work done!? Fighting over pieces of a pie that is not even baked has hurt iPoker progress. Let's all eat!" The PPA added, "Cheers to CZR for putting out the we
  17. [caption width="640"] Online poker took center stage in California in February[/caption] California is the largest state in the US at 38.8 million people. If it were its own country, California would be the 35th largest in the world, sandwiched in between Sudan and Poland. In February, all eyes were on the Golden State's deliberate, contentious march towards legalized online poker. The newest online poker bill in California is AB 2863, introduced at the end of February by Assemblymen Adam Gray and Reggie Jones-Sawyer. The bill licenses and regulates online poker, allows sites to team
  18. [caption width="640"] Online poker players in California have reason to be concerned about the latest regulation efforts[/caption] A new bill in California that would license and regulate online poker would also make it a felony for players to play on an offshore online poker site - even before regulated sites are up and running. AB 2863, introduced last Friday by Assemblymen Adam Gray and Reggie Jones-Sawyer, establishes a framework to legalize and regulate online poker in California, considered the "Holy Grail" of markets in the US due to its population. The bill would allow for shared l
  19. A Kentuckyjudge has ordered that PokerStarspay a minimum of $250 million in damages to the state for offering online poker in the Commonwealth after the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) was put into effect. The state's action was ostensibly brought on behalf of Kentucky poker players who lost money on the site between 2006 and 2011, yet it doesn't stand to benefit those players in any way. The suit is predicated on an arcane law that allows third parties to recover up to three times the amount of money lost through illegal gambling. "If the loser or his creditor d
  20. Following the introduction of legislation last week from South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham and Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz to ban online gambling and poker in the United States, a key organization responsible for implementing laws came out against their efforts. In an op/ed on The Hill's website, the President of the National Fraternal Order of Police, Chuck Canterbury (pictured), detailed what his organization looks at when certain legislation is proposed. "As an organization, we are always looking for opportunities to make citizens safer while improving officer safety," Canterb
  21. New Yorkcould soon be hopping into the online poker scene, as a bill to legalize and regulate the game was introduced in the state's Senate in recent days. It's numbered S 6913 and allows "Omaha Hold'em and Texas Hold'em poker as well as any other poker game that the Commission determines is the material equivalent of either of those, whether in a cash game or tournament." Read the legislation here. Poker Players Alliance Executive Director John Pappas, whose group is a primary voice for poker players on Capitol Hill and in areas across the US, acknowledged that although the bill was encour
  22. More powerful names in the world of politics are joining the side of Sheldon Adelson in the fight against online poker. Texas Governor Rick Perry (pictured) and former Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln have taken up the cause rather vocally, lending their weight in the escalating struggle. Lincoln, a Democrat, served in the Senate from 1999 to 2011 and founded the Lincoln Policy Group, a lobbying organization, in 2013. Her company has been hired by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, of which Adelson is the CEO, to further the cause of Adelson's Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling. The Coalitio
  23. In late 2008, the Commonwealth of Kentuckyattempted to seize the domains of well over 100 internet gambling sites, including PokerStars.com, FullTiltPoker.com, and DoylesRoom.com. Although several of the sites in the original group no longer exist or have migrated to different URLs, the case rages on after six years. Last week, an appeals court ruled against the Commonwealth of Kentucky and in favor of the Interactive Gaming Council, or IGC. In October 2008, Judge Thomas Wingate upheld the Commonwealth's seizure. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshearsaid at the time, "Unlike casinos that operate
  24. In recent weeks, the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling - backed with money from Las Vegas Sands Corporation Chairman and CEOSheldon Adelson (pictured) - has been able to draw significant support. Besides the former politicians who have sided with the Coalition as lobbyists, last week saw at least 39 organizations firmly announce their support for the Coalition and its pursuit. There is some dispute over how encompassing the organizations that have joined the Coalition are. The organization has stated that its new supporters represent a "broad-based coalition" of organizations. In last wee
  25. A group of political and industry heavyweights have come together to create an organization that aims to combat the anti-online gambling crusade being waged by billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson. The Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection (C4COP) was created in direct response to Adelson's campaign and will push for online gaming regulation as a means to safeguard online gamblers from the dangers of offshore sites that operate outside of US law. The newly founded coalition has hired a crack team of well-known politicians and political operatives to ensure its message is heard
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