• Gambling News

    • 01 August 2011

      FairPlayUSA - New Coalition for U.S. Online Poker Players

      There is a new grassroots coalition formed who’s purpose is to try and persuade the U.S. Government to regulate online poker. In doing so FairPlayUSA has gotten some well know advisors to help with the cause. Advisors including U.S. lawyer and child advocate Parry Aftab, former Homeland Security and ex-Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, and WSOP bracelet winner, Greg Raymer.

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    • 28 July 2011

      Bodog Leaving U.S. Online Gambling Market

      In a statement earlier this week, the Bodog Brand announced that as of December 2011, when their licensing agreement with Morris Mohawk Gaming to expires, they will no longer offer their services to the U.S. online gambling market. In their statement they mentioned that as the brand grows into new markets they didn’t want to be affected by “negative perceptions”.  A reference perhaps to the online poker rooms that are being labeled by the U.S.

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    • 27 July 2011

      888 Gets Italian License and Launches 888.it

      888.it was announced today by 888 Holding group after it was awarded an operator’s license in Italy.This will be the first online casino in Italy to offer live casino tables that allow players to interact with professional dealers using a live stream. This live casino experience will be included in games such as baccarat, roulette and blackjack.According to Pier Francesco Geraci, CEO of 888.

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    • 25 July 2011

      Senator 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.

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    • 18 July 2011

      Senator'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.

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    • 15 July 2011

      Bodog 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.

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    • 13 July 2011

      American 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.

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    • 11 July 2011

      U.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.

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    • 07 July 2011

      Betfair 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.

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    • 05 July 2011

      ARJEL 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.

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    • 01 July 2011

      European 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.

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    • 29 June 2011

      Full 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.

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    • 27 June 2011

      Rep. 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.

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    • 23 June 2011

      COPA 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.

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    • 20 June 2011

      The Internet Gambling Regulation and Tax Enforcement Act

      In a letter after our Constitution was established Ben Franklin wrote”… in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Well over 200 years later, this still seems to be the standard. The Internet Gambling Regulation and Tax Enforcement Act, H.R. 2230 was introduced Thursday that will require online gambling companies to withhold taxes from net winnings. Which is acceptable except online gambling is still illegal in the United States.

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    • 13 June 2011

      Nevada 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.

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    • 08 June 2011

      $470,00 of Seized Online Gambling Funds Go to Police Department

      “The cooperation between our department and [ICE HIS] investigation goes far beyond normal law enforcement task forces,” County Police Chief James Teare Sr. of the Anne Arundel County Police Department said. Ice being the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s and HIS being the Homeland Security Investigations division. How far beyond “normal law enforcement task forces”? $470,407.62 worth.

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    • 06 June 2011

      Professor 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.

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    • 01 June 2011

      Phil 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.

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    • 27 May 2011

      Full 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.

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    • 25 May 2011

      QuickTender Payment Processor Discontinues Service

      Just a few days ago Quicktender issued a statement which in it they said: “We have operated a reputable & reliable payment mechanism for US customers since 2006. Our reputation is important to us, & until recently there has never been any question that players & merchants would be paid.” Today when you go to Quicktender.com you get a one sentence web site: “With regret, the Quicktender service has been discontinued.

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    • 24 May 2011

      Bradley 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.

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    • 23 May 2011

      New 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 LAUNDERING

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    • 19 May 2011

      Quicktender Issues Statement About Withdrawals

      The management of Quicktender would like to make the following statement regarding the current situation with UseMyWallet/Quicktender withdrawals:’ “We have operated a reputable & reliable payment mechanism for US customers since 2006. Our reputation is important to us, & until recently there has never been any question that players & merchants would be paid.

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    • 18 May 2011

      PokerStars Returns $100 Million to U.S. Poker Players

      There were 4 online poker sites named in the FBI indictment on April 15th and an agreement was reached on April 20th by two of those sites, Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars to be able to use their domains again to process U.S. poker players request for withdrawal. So far PokerStars is the only site that has publically commented on those withdrawals. Since the very beginning, PokerStars has had this on the FAQ page about U.S. players. Your account balance is completely safe.

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    • 16 May 2011

      Doyle Brunson Leaves DoylesRoom.com

      Collateral damage? Maybe, but it has been announced that Doyle Brunson will be leaving the online poker site that bears his name, DoylesRoom.com. It seems in the wake of the FBI indictments and “Black Friday”; Brunson is leaving the site but has mentioned a possible return when the United States fully legalizes online poker.According to a DoylesRoom representative, “Doyle Brunson was a sponsored pro of DoylesRoom and he has left his endorsement contract.

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    • 12 May 2011

      Absolute Poker Signs Agreement to Return U.S. Players Funds

      Now it seems that Absolute Poker will be paying back U.S. poker players according to prosecutors on New York City. Wednesday the announcement was made that Absolute Poker signed an agreement with the U.S. government to allow withdrawals to U.S. players and to continue operations to all foreign players. According to U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara;

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    • 09 May 2011

      Costa Rica Agents Raid Absolute Poker Offices and Residents

      April 15th 2011, known as “Black Friday” in online poker circles, is when Federal indictments were handed down and the U.S. government shut down Absolute Poker, UB Poker, PokerStars and Full Tilt poker. Since then PokerStars and Full Tilt reached agreement with the U.S. to regain usage of their websites for the sole purpose of letting U.S. online poker players withdraw their money.

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    • 05 May 2011

      Absolute Poker and UB Poker Heading Towards Bankruptcy

      It seems as though the U.S. indictment of at least one of the three online poker companies will leave poker players the possibility of never getting their money back. This will go for all their players and not just those in the United States. Blanca Gaming of Antigua which is the parent company of Absolute Poker and UB poker (formerly Ultimate Bet) told shareholders in an email that it planned to file for bankruptcy protection in Norway.

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    • 02 May 2011

      New Dutch Government Wants Online Gambling

      The Dutch market is set to be opened up to other parties for online gambling, lotteries, poker, sports betting and bingo by 2015 according to plans outlined by junior justice minister Fred Teeven to the Dutch parliament. According to Teeven, the aim under the new government’s plan is to provide a “responsible, safe and modern gambling policy”. On Saturday the Dutch government echoed a sentiment held by many U.S.

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