• Gambling News

    • 27 February 2013

      Governor Christie Autographs NJ Online Gambling Bill

      It’s official: New Jersey is open for online gambling.After months of deliberation, negotiation, and compromise with the NJ Assembly and Senate, Governor Chris Christie signed a bill on Tuesday that makes online gambling in New Jersey absolutely legal within its borders.His decision to sign the bill was based on many factors, some of which were a complete reversal from his views two years ago when he vetoed a similar bill.

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    • 27 February 2013

      Zynga Aims For Social Gamblers

      The expression is: “If you can’t run with the big dogs, stay on the porch”. Social gaming icon, Zynga, is perfectly happy to do that. Instead entering the race for the existing hardcore gambling market in the United Kingdom, Zynga is ratcheting up its popular social gaming platform to allow for real money exchanges. This “social porch” may be right up Zynga’s alley.

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    • 27 February 2013

      Will California Be The Next State To Legalize Online Poker?

      Everyone seems to have an opinion about online poker these days. Some, as we’re hearing about in California, can even vote about it. Last Friday, Senator Lou Correa introduced Senate Bill 678, the latest effort to throw weight behind an online poker bill in California.

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    • 22 February 2013

      Nevada Beats New Jersey to the Punch in legalizing online gambling.

      If there was a race to legalize online gambling in the United States, Nevada may have just won it. Governor Brian Sandoval signed AB114 on Thursday, putting the final approval on legislation that legalizes online gambling in Nevada and allows the state to enter into compacts with other states for online poker. “This is an historic day for the great state of Nevada,” Sandoval said in a Washington Post article.

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    • 21 February 2013

      Federal Poker Bill May Still Be Breathing

      A comprehensive federal bill that legalizes online poker for any state wishing to include it might still have some strength left in it, at least that is what Frank Fahrenkopf believes. Fahrenkopf is the current president and CEO of the American Gaming Association, a lobbying agency that supports the gaming entertainment industry.At the age of 73, Fahrenkopf is scheduled to step down from his position on June 30th of this year after nearly 20 years at the helm.

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    • 21 February 2013

      Christie on iGaming Bill: "No Reason Not To Sign It Quickly"

      New Jersey could see signed Internet gaming legislation in as few as five days, if New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, keeps his word.While Gov. Christie was in Lavallete, New Jersey on Tuesday he addressed questions regarding the online gaming bill. He went on to say that as long as the state Assembly and Senate approve a bill with his recommended changes to the legislation, “There’s no reason not to sign it quickly.

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    • 19 February 2013

      2013 WSOP Schedule Announced

      For those of you unfamiliar with WSOP, or for those who know it predominately as the World Series of Poker, this series of poker tournaments held annually in Las Vegas is in its 8th year running with Caesars Entertainment at the helm.

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    • 15 February 2013

      Nevada Politicians Ready To Make Money With Online Gambling

      It seems Nevada is ready to start making money with Internet gambling. At least if its politicians have anything to do with it. Majority Leader William Horne is pushing a bill through the Nevada Legislature that would double the online gaming license fee up to $1,000,000. While that point seems to be garnering the most press (and the most criticism), the bill also includes language that is otherwise very well received. The bill includes the following:

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    • 14 February 2013

      Stratosphere Launches Free Online Poker

      American Casino and Entertainment Properties, the owner of the Stratosphere and Arizona Charlie’s casinos in Las Vegas, have officially launched their own free-to-play online poker site, acePLAYpoker.com. This move is a common one performed by gaming companies in anticipation of legislation that will eventually allow real-money poker playing online. Once players register at the new online poker room, they can immediately start playing for real prizes.

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    • 14 February 2013

      New Jersey Lawmakers Push To Pass Online Gambling Bill

      Press of Atlantic City reports that lawmakers have fully incorporated all of Governor Chris Christie’s recommendations for an online gambling bill that is due to return to his desk by February 26th. While the New Jersey Senate is not scheduled to meet until March, its lawmakers are determined to move on the Internet Gambling Bill. A February 26th meeting would allow for a vote to be taken prior to a scheduled budget address by Gov. Christie.

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    • 14 February 2013

      Delaware: The First State of Online Gambling?

      Delaware hopes to take its First State status to a whole new level as it pushes to be the First State to offer online gambling.With Nevada only offering online poker licenses and New Jersey scrambling to pull together a bill that Governor Chris Christie will approve, Delaware is forging ahead, requesting proposals from vendors to operate the state’s centralized Internet gambling system. Those bidding on the project would have to guarantee everything would be up and running by September 30, 2013.

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    • 08 February 2013

      Gov. Christie Supports Internet Gambling in NJ With Few Changes To Bill

      New Jersey Governor Chris Christie issued a conditional veto on Thursday on the hot Internet Gambling bill for his state. In a press release, Governor Christie stated: “This bill represents an important policy decision for the residents of New Jersey, and a historic opportunity to continue the State’s leadership as a premiere destination for tourism and entertainment.

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    • 01 February 2013

      Three Days Left: Atlantic City Casino Union Urges Gov. Christie To Sign Online Gambling Bill

      Bob McDevitt, president of the Local 54 arm of Atlantic City’s largest casino union, UNITE HERE, is urging New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to sign the state’s proposed Internet Gambling law. According to its website, UNITE HERE is the largest union of gaming workers in the world, and represents 48% of employees in the commercial gaming industry throughout the United States, including the top three gambling companies, Harrah’s Entertainment, MGM Mirage, and Boyd Gaming.

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    • 30 January 2013

      European Trade Associations Call Action Plan "Meaningless" Against Illegal Operators

      Commissioner Michel Barnier received a letter on January 23, 2013 that he’s not likely to soon forget.The Authors, Friedrich Stickler (President of The European Lotteries), Philippe Germond (President, European Pari Mutuel Association) and Ron Goudsmit (President of the European Casino Association), center their letter around the Communication and the Action Plan proposed by the European Commission in late October of 2012.

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    • 30 January 2013

      New Jersey Approves Mobile Betting at Racetracks

      Horseracing fans in New Jersey will soon be able to give mobile wagering a standing ovation, and then sit right back down and make a bet at the tracks.Governor Chris Christie signed legislation on Monday that will allow New Jersey racetrack customers the ability to place bets using their smartphones and tablets. The bill aims to help the state’s horse racing industry in its goal to attract a younger, tech-immersed fan base.

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    • 24 January 2013

      Nebraska Gambling Proposal Seeks To Bolster Revenue

      Nebraska may dominate Iowa in the ways of college football, but when it comes to their gambling money, Iowa is happy to take it and run. That all may change if a group of Nebraska senators get their way. This group, led by Senator Paul Schumacher, is introducing a bill that could allow gambling in the great state of Nebraska if approved by voters this November.

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    • 24 January 2013

      Pennsylvania Senators and Governor could be at odds over online gambling

      Some Pennsylvania senators are seeking clarification from Governor Tom Corbett regarding the Pennsylvania Lottery and the ability for its private-run firm to possibly compete with state casinos through online gambling. The Lottery contract with the private firm, Camelot Global Services, was finalized last week for a 20- to 30- year term. While the agreement prohibits video poker, video poker-like games, and video lottery terminals, it is less clear on Internet gaming.

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    • 12 January 2013

      Bwin.party Wants Clarity on German Gambling

      According to a Reuters article, bwin.party, the world’s largested listed online gambling conglomerate, is seeking clarification from the country of Germany as to why it is unable to compete in a fair and open market with local gaming operators. Bwin.party is one of 12 online gaming operators that won six-year licenses in December to operate online poker and online casino gaming in the state of Schleswig-Holstein. Bwin.

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    • 10 January 2013

      National Heads-Up Poker Tournament returns to NBC

      It won’t be long before spring will be hitting the airways, and soon, thanks to NBC, so will televised poker tournaments. The NBC Sports Group announced it’s reviving its relationship with the National Heads-Up Poker Championship with the first episode scheduled to air on March 19, 2013. The National Heads-Up Poker Championship is a $20,000 buy-in, invitation-only tournament played as a series of one-on-one no limit Texas Hold’em.

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    • 08 January 2013

      Nevada's Online Gaming Could Reach Out To Other States

      A draft bill has been submitted to the Nevada Legislature that would make it possible for Nevada-based online poker domains to accept wagers from gamblers in other authorized states. The bill, officially named Assembly Bill 5, has been introduced in the Nevada General Assembly on behalf of the Nevada Gaming Control Board and Governor Brian Sandoval. Read the Nevada Intrastate Gambling Bill here as it was introduced.

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    • 03 January 2013

      New Jersey Gambling Bill Awaits Governor's Autograph

      The holiday is over, and the new year has begun, which opens a whole host of possibilities, including the opportunity for New Jersey to develop its own online gambling initiative. The bill that’s currently on the table, S1565, has passed overwhelmingly in the New Jersey houses is now on Governor Chris Christie’s desk, waiting for his final approval.

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    • 26 December 2012

      Nevada Awards Online Poker License to Caesars

      On Thursday, the Nevada Gaming Control Board approved Caesars Interactive Entertainment for as the 12th such company to be awarded online poker license. Caesars, the new face and persona of Harrah’s, will be partnering with European gambling powerhouse 888 Holdings to bring online poker to Nevada-based residents. The two companies already have a working relationship in the UK, where they have been offering the World Series of Poker brand for the last three years.

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    • 20 December 2012

      Schleswig-Holsteins Approves 12 New Licenses

      Schleswig-Holstein, the northernmost state in Germany, has authorized 12 companies to offer a range of online casino games as well as online poker. Included on the list of newly licensed operators is 888 Germany Limited, Cashpoint Malta Limited, Tipico Company Limited and bet365’s Hillside Limited out of Gibraltar.

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    • 18 December 2012

      New Jersey Votes YES to Online Gambling

      Bill A2578, the official name of the proposed New Jersey legislation legalizing online casino gambling for its residents, has been passed by the state’s General Assembly. There is good potential that the bill could be placed before the Senate and signed by Republican Governor Christie by the end of the month.

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    • 15 December 2012

      New Jersey Votes on Online Gaming Bill; Outcome a Gamble

      According to an article on NorthJersey.com, New Jersey could be the first state in the US to offer online casino gambling–as long as its State Assembly and Governor Christie agree it’s a good move.The bill, sponsored by New Jersey Assemblymen Burzichelli, Prieto, and Ramos, would legalize nearly all forms of online gambling in New Jersey.

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    • 13 December 2012

      Zynga launches Elite Slots; Could Be Real Money Lifeline

      What could be better than a social media game that weaves a complex story element throughout? A social media story game that’s laced with online slot games. Today, Zynga announced its plans to release “Elite Slots”, which highlights role playing and mini game features as a players progress through the game’s various levels, treasures, and adventures.

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    • 12 December 2012

      AGA Weighs In on Internet Gambling Prohibition, Poker Consumer Protection, and Strengthening UIGEA Act of 2012

      Frank Fahrenkopf, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association, wrote a recent opinion piece on politico.com, pleading the case for federal regulation. This piece was a basic reiteration of what AGA has been proclaiming from their online rooftops since the first draft of the Reid-Kyl bill was leaked on the Internet. Looking at the proposed bill, there is more at stake than just whether or not states choose to participate in the federally regulated poker program.

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    • 11 December 2012

      Discussion Revs Up Over Online Gambling Bill

      Efforts heat up on all sides of the proposed Redi-Kyl online gambling bill this week as lobbyists from the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries and the National Association of Convenience Stores descend upon the capital. Says Bryan Preston of the PJ Tatler in his article, Harry Reid Launches Online Gambling Power Grab, “Sen. Reid will work harder to hand a sop to the gaming industry in Nevada than he will work to pass federal budget.

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    • 10 December 2012

      PokerStars Attempting To Regain Foothold in US

      A month after resurrecting Full Tilt poker amidst several Herculean barriers, PokerStars is in the news again. News is surfacing that the online poker giant is in acquisition talks with the Atlantic Club casino. And just like that, PokerStars could be back in the United States. Writes a Forbes article: “Twenty months ago, PokerStars, the biggest online poker company in the world, essentially got kicked out of America. The U.S.

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    • 10 December 2012

      Zynga Bets On Itself; Applies for Nevada Gaming License

      Zynga, one of the world’s leading providers of social game services, has filed an application for an interactive gambling license with the state of Nevada. Zynga has previously entered into a partnership with bwin.party to offer real-money poker and casino games in the United Kingdom starting in 2014. The ability to pull those games into a US market could be just the lifeline the struggling company needs to pull itself out of turbulent waters. “The broader U.S.

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