25 July 2011Senator Lesniak Response to Reid/Kyle Letter
One good letter deserves another it seems and though it at least keeps online gambling in the forefront in Washington it seems the war between state and federal politicians about the topic is heating up. New Jersey Senator Ray Lesniak sent his own letter to Attorney General Holder last week disputing some of the facts from the Senator Reid and Kyle letter that was sent earlier last week.Read full article
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18 July 2011Senator's Reid and Kyl Send Open Letter to AG
U.S. Senator Harry Reid was one part of a strongly worded letter sent to Attorney General Eric Holder asking the Department of Justice (DoJ) to clear up its position on online gambling. That really would come as no surprise if it wasn’t for the co-author of the letter, U.S. Senator Jon Kyl. To many online players Senator Kyl is the ultimate villain as he orchestrated the last minute addition and of the UIGEA to the Port Security bill.Read full article
15 July 2011Bodog Gets First License Under New U.K. Requirements
The U.K. government announced yesterday that overseas bookmakers offering online gaming in the UK will need a license from the Gambling Commission, currently licenses obtained in certain jurisdictions were treated as if they were licensed in Britain. According to John Penrose, the minister responsible for gambling policy, the regulations would be based on the “point of consumption rather than production”. There is also hint of a tax being involved in the new legislation.Read full article
13 July 2011American Gaming Association (AGA) to Propose Online Poker Bill
The American Gaming Association (AGA) publically showed a cool response to Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) federal online poker bill last week. In an address last week AGA chief Frank Fahrenkopf said his group was “not opposing [Barton’s bill], but we are not supporting it.” He said the AGA would throw its entire wait into a mystery bill.Fahrenkopf then said this mystery bill would differ from Barton’s proposal mainly in the way states are involved.Read full article
11 July 2011U.K. Online Gambling Reforms Coming
The dominoes are still falling after the 51 page indictment by the U.S. Department of Justice and now the British government is taking notice. It is Full Tilt Poker again at the center as they have left hundreds of British poker players, just like other online poker players who played there, left without being able to get a hold of their funds. This has prompted Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt to make a major overhaul to the UK online gambling licensing rules.Read full article
07 July 2011Betfair Complains to EU About Germany's Gambling Treaty
A draft over Germany’s gambling rules, which is still being considered by German authorities has Betfair Group Plc, a British online gambling site, already calling foul. According to Betfair, the draft will force it to pay over 16% on all stakes and it will also restrict licenses for private betting companies to seven. According to Betfair these new rules would be “discriminatory and protectionist.” Betfair complained to the European Union this week over this draft proposal.Read full article
05 July 2011ARJEL Suspends Full Tilt Poker License in France
It has seem to go from bad to worse for Full Tilt poker since the April 15th indictments from the U.S. government. Their U.S. business cut off, do repayments to U.S. players, European license revoked and now it seems Full Tilt Poker in France no longer has a license either.The French site is run by a company named Rekop Limited.Read full article
01 July 2011European Investors to Buy Full Tilt Poker
About 2 months ago Full Tilt Poker was dealing cards as one the top three internet poker sites. How quickly things can turn. April 15th brought down FBI indictments and a loss of their domain along with Pokerstars, Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet. Shortly after they reached a deal with prosecutors to get their domain back only to process withdrawals along with Pokerstars, since then Pokerstars has paid back over $120 million to players and the other sites…zero.Read full article
29 June 2011Full Tilt Poker European License Suspended
In a major online poker development today, Alderney Gambling Control Commission has suspended the operations license of Full Tilt Poker. This requires the online poker room to suspend operations immediately and currently the servers are down. Full Tilt Poker was one of the largest online poker rooms in operation up until the U.S. crackdown on April 15th.Read full article
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27 June 2011Rep. Joe Barton Proposes State's Control Online Poker
On Friday Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, introduced online poker legislation that would allow individual states to choose whether online poker should be allowed or not within their borders. Barton who claims to have bipartisan support, would require poker websites to obtain a license in at least one state and the U.S. Department of Commerce to be able to operate legally.Read full article
23 June 2011COPA Signs Deal with Playtech
There are currently two bills that have been proposed to California lawmakers in recent months and currently both seem to be stalled. Senator Lou Correa has a bill that would basically authorize intrastate poker on a set number of platforms while Senator Rod Wright has a broader based platform and includes an emergency clause that gives it a high priority to be heard.Read full article
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20 June 2011The Internet Gambling Regulation and Tax Enforcement Act
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13 June 2011Nevada Passes Online Gambling Bill
It looks like Nevada is poised and can now start getting ready for online poker. All we need now, as usual, is federal help. Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed 36 bills into law Friday and one was AB258 which was designed to make Nevada a front runner of internet gambling.The was only one revision to the bill and that came after Black Friday on April 15th when the U.S. Justice department handed down indictments on the three major online poker sites.Read full article
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08 June 2011$470,00 of Seized Online Gambling Funds Go to Police Department
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06 June 2011Professor I. Nelson Rose Take on Black Friday
Professor I. Nelson Rose is one of the world’s leading experts on gambling in the United States. J.Todd with the APCW recently interviewed Professor Nelson at the iGaming North American Conference about the FBI indictments handed down on April 15th.Read full article
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01 June 2011Phil Ivey Boycotts WSOP Over Non-Payments
The World Series of Poker will have 58 events starting today and going through till mid-July. Fortunes will be made and legends will be born but one poker player, considered by many to be the best in the world, will not be attending. Phil Ivey is boycotting this year’s WSOP and has filed suit against Tiltware. Tiltware is the software and marketing company behind Full Tilt Poker.Read full article
27 May 2011Full Tilt Poker No Closer to Allowing Withdrawals
New about U.S. refunds has been slow in coming from Full Tilt Poker after FBI indictments shut down there site on April 15th. Even after a an agreement was made with U.S. prosecutors to release the Full Tilt domain for the purpose of allowing U.S. online poker players to withdraw their money, nothing has been coming and very little has been said from Full Tilt. With growing concerns from players and word coming that PokerStars has refunded more than $100 million to U.S.Read full article
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24 May 2011Bradley Franzen, Online Poker Payment Processor, Cuts Deal
Bradley Franzen is the first of the 11 people indicted on April 15th, which those in the online poker industry dub Black Friday, to see U.S. court. Franzen is a resident of Illinois and Costa Rica and he admitted in federal court yesterday, he was a payment processor for PokerStars, Full Tilt and absolute poker. He further admitted he helped circumvent the laws that banned processing online gambling payments and helped deceive banks as to what the transactions were really for.Read full article
23 May 2011New Indictments Coming Down for Online Poker Sites
It seems the U.S government isn’t done with its legal wrangling with online poker rooms allowing U.S players to play. 10 more domains were seized today including Doylesroom.com and Truepoker.com. Also included were two gambling businesses, three defendants and 11 more bank accounts. Here is the full indictment released today. OPERATORS OF INTERNET GAMBLING SITES AND THEIR BUSINESSES INDICTED FOR RUNNING AN ILLEGAL GAMBLING BUSINESS AND MONEY LAUNDERINGRead full article
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