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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. One of the biggest headlines in the history of online poker came down on Thursday night, when it was announced that Amaya Gaming had purchased the parent company of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, the Rational Group, for $4.9 billion. Whether PokerStarsor Full Tilt Poker is able to return to the United States in some capacity remains to be seen, but what we do know is that the largest publicly traded online gambling company in the world has been created. Commenting on the sale late Thursday night was the Poker Players Alliance, whose Executive Director, John Pappas (pictured), said the tran
  5. [caption width="640"] California Assemblyman Adam Gray's online poker bill is on its way to the Assembly[/caption] It's probably a little too early to get super excited just yet, but Wednesday afternoon saw a California legislative committee pass a bill that would regulate online poker in the Golden State with some suggesting the law could pass in 2016. The Assembly Governmental Organization Committee passed the bill unanimously on Wednesday. The bill - AB 2863 - came with two important caveats that could signal progress as the state deals with multiple stakeholders all looking for thei
  6. You'll recall that, late last month, the Poker Players Alliance(PPA) issued a letter to Lock Poker's "owners, officers, and managers" asking for the reasons behind prolonged player cashouts, whether Lock Poker segregates player funds, what logic the room uses when processing withdrawals, and its timeline for paying out. Two weeks later, the site has not responded. PPA Vice President of Player Relations Rich TheEngineerMuny told PocketFives, "The letter wasn't sent simply to communicate with Lock Poker. To the contrary, it's an open letter specifically to warn potential players and to inform
  7. We're four months into 2014, a year that has been a mixed bag on the legislative front. While a bill proposed by Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX) would lay the groundwork for regulated online poker in the US, bills from Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) would ban the game, including the legal markets in Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware. However, there has been little to no movement on any bill thus far. PocketFives sat down with Poker Players AllianceExecutive Director John Pappas (pictured) to get caught up on the state of online poker in the US and talk about whether we
  8. Last week, PocketFives brought you an article about a hearing scheduled for March 5in the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations to discuss a bill from Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) that would ban internet gambling in the US. The bill, called Restoring America's Wire Act, reportedly comes at the behest of Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson. While the hearing has yet to be posted on the Subcommittee's website and no witness list has been leaked, the Poker Players Alliance, the main lobbying voice for poker players on Capitol Hill in the US, is alre
  9. On Thursday, the Poker Players Alliance, the primary lobbying voice for poker players in the US, called legislation from Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) "misguided" and launched a national call to action campaign to encourage Americans to fight back. The organization has launched a detailed, informative web page allowing players to e-mail, meet, and call their lawmakers as well as send Tweets to Congress. PPA Executive Director John Pappas commented in a press release, "We have learned time and time again throughout history that prohibition is not the sol
  10. According to the Poker Players Alliance (PPA), the main lobbying voice for poker players on Capitol Hill in the United States, US players with disputed Full Tilt Poker account balances should have a clearer indication on what their next steps will be within the next two to three weeks. Players with undisputed claims were paid out last Friday, with many of them already being reunited with their bankrolls. PPA Executive Director John Pappas told PocketFives that further indication of when players with disputed balances will be paid back could be coming by the end of March: "We haven't heard t
  11. One of the major headlines of November was the departure of Ultimate Gaming from the Nevada market. The company, which left New Jersey in September, said of shuttering its Nevada site, "The state-by-state approach to online gaming has created an extremely cost-prohibitive and challenging operating environment. These factors have combined to make the path to profitability very difficult and uncertain. Consequently, we have decided to cease operations." --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the largest skins on the
  12. According to the Poker Players Alliance, the main lobbying voice for poker players on Capitol Hill, a bill could be introduced in the US Congress that "would block new states from licensing online poker while a federal study is conducted." That's different than the Sheldon Adelson-backed Restoring America's Wire Act, or RAWA, which bans online gambling and online poker in the US altogether, including in the three states where it's regulated: New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware. As Rich TheEngineerMuny from the PPA explained, "While the news is good in that it we are taking the fight to
  13. In a thread on PocketFives, the Poker Players Alliancehas confirmed that the first round of disputed Full Tilt payments for US players "is on track" to be sent by the end of March. PPA Executive Director John Pappas broke the news and relayed, "This will include payments to about 3,500 FTP customers totaling nearly $3 million in remission. The vast majority of these customers (approximately 3,100) are people who confirmed inaccurate information to Garden City, such as a Social Security Number or bank account information." Pappas said that the other 400 recipients of funds are players wit
  14. This week, Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson hijacked the critical Attorney General confirmation proceedingsin the House Judiciary Committee. One of his minions, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who is "testing the waters" for a 2016 Presidential bid, took time during the hearing to ask Attorney General candidate Loretta Lynch about the 2011 clarification of the Wire Act, which says that the law only applies to sports betting. Rather than listening to Lynch's responses, thinking critically, and responding, Graham cut her off multiple times and seemed disinterested in what she had to say. In
  15. We closed the 2014 calendar year focusing on legislation spearheaded by Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson called Restoring America's Wire Act. The bill, which would have banned internet gambling and online poker in the US, ended up being stunted in the waning moments of Congress, but according to Poker Players AllianceExecutive Director John Pappas (pictured), a bill like it will soon resurface in Congress. PocketFives: When do you foresee legislation like RAWA resurfacing? John Pappas: It's difficult to predict the timing, but I have no doubt that RAWA-type legislation will be introdu
  16. The internet gambling world can breathe a collective sigh of relief, as, after a couple days' sweat, Sheldon Adelson's (pictured) pet project, Restoring America's Wire Act, did not make it into the final Congressional spending bill. The $1.1 trillion budget measure was agreed to on Tuesday and language banning internet gambling was not included. The bill weighed in at over 1,600 pages, according to the Associated Press, and is "salted with GOP policy proposals." One of them, fortunately, is not the prohibition of internet gambling in the United States, including in the three states where th
  17. According to a Tweet from the Poker Players Alliance(PPA), there will not be a hearing during the lame duck session of Congress to ban internet gambling in the United States. This should be welcome news for our community. The Tweet, which was posted by PPA Executive Director John Pappas on Monday, read in part, "Internet poker hearing in House Judiciary cmte has been pulled." The hearing would have discussed the merits of a bill by Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) called Restoring America's Wire Act. The measure bans internet gambling in the US, including in the three states where it's cur
  18. It's almost election time in the United States, which means one-third of the Senate and the entire House of Representatives will be up for grabs. Voters will head to the polls on the first Tuesday in November and, when they do, the Poker Players Alliance(PPA) wants to remind them who has sided with Sheldon Adelson and his crusade to outlaw online poker in the US. "Unfortunately, all of these lawmakers have decided to put politics before their constituents by siding with Sheldon Adelson in supporting an online poker ban that would deny consumers of the meaningful protections that can only be
  19. The Garden City Group, the firm appointed by the Department of Justice to serve as the Claims Administrator for US Full Tilt Poker fund reimbursements, posted a notice on its website, FullTiltPokerClaims.com, that the final deadline for claims is imminent. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsafe, one of the leading suppliers of online gaming products worldwide and a major sponsor of Gumball 3000. Sign up now for great bonuses, €3,000,000 guaranteed monthly, and plenty of live events! --- The site read, "Please note that the final deadline for all petitio
  20. On the cover of Newsweek Magazine's August 22 edition will be a child in a white t-shirt holding a tablet with playing cards on it. Below him in big black letters are the words "Poker Face," which accompany an article from Leah McGrath Goodman entitled, "How Washington Opened the Floodgates to Online Poker, Dealing Parents a Bad Hand." --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsafe, one of the leading suppliers of online gaming products worldwide and a major sponsor of Gumball 3000. Sign up now for great bonuses, €3,000,000 guaranteed monthly, and plenty of live events!
  21. Late last week, PocketFives brought you an article about the bills regulating online poker in California being shelved for 2014. The reason, according to bill author and State Senator Lou Correa: "Internet poker is an important public policy. We need to make sure it's done right." --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsson Poker, a leading global online gaming provider. Betsson Poker is available on Mobile and offers regular promotions to live events around the world along with great bonuses and competitions. P
  22. This week, the official claims website for former US Full Tilt Poker players was updated to reveal that a new round of payments will be sent in mid-June. Totaling $15 million, the latest round of funding will be sent to players who "submitted complete, timely, or late petitions confirming their FTP account balance. Also included in this round of payments are affiliates who submitted petitions confirming their FTP account balances." Garden City Group, the designated Claims Administrator in the case, did not mention what would happen to players with disputed claims and, as such, PocketFives s
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