Poker Legislation

  • New York Online Poker Bill Passes Through Senate Committee

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    Good news for poker players out of New York Tuesday as Senate Bill S5302 passed through the Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering by a unanimous 9-0 vote. The bill aims to legalize and regulate “certain interactive poker games that are considered to be games of skill” (read: online pok [...]


  • Washington State Online Poker Bill Introduced

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    The year 2006 was notable in the poker world for how up and down it was. On the one hand, you had the largest World Series of Poker Main Event of all time, when Jamie Gold jawed his way to the championship and an incredible $12 million. But on the other hand, the Unlawful Internet […] [...]


  • Online Poker Bill Removed from Last Week’s California Gaming Hearing

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    The California State Assembly Governmental Organization (GO) Committee was expected to hold a hearing on three internet gambling bills last Wednesday and the hearing did go off as planned. To the disappointment of online poker supporters, though, only the daily fantasy sports (DFS) bill was discusse [...]


  • California Legislature Starts Off 2016 With Hearing About Online Gaming Bills

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    For most of 2015, California was at the forefront of the movement to regulate online gaming and/or poker in the United States. The problem was that was the furthest it ever got in the Golden State – discussion – as only one bill passed out of committee and it was little more than a placeholder [ [...]


  • New Jersey Lawmakers Pondering Casino Expansion

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    New Jersey casinos outside of Atlantic City are unthinkable, aren’t they? Maybe not. According to an Associated Press article, state lawmakers are currently trying to put together a plan to make exactly this happen. State Senator Ray Lesniak, perhaps the biggest supporter of online poker in the en [...]


  • 2015 – The Year in Poker, Part 1: Poker and Politics

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    As we approach the final week of the year 2015, it is time to take a look back at some of the great moments of the year and some of the less popular times. Arguably the dominant story throughout the calendar year was the continued fight in the political spectrum over online poker. The fight [&hellip [...]


  • Pennsylvania House Online Gambling Vote Delayed

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    The poker community was anticipating a vote on the legalization of online gambling in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives last week, but it never came and looks like it will be delayed for several more days at the very least. House Bill 649, introduced by Gaming Oversight Committee Chairman Re [...]


  • Pennsylvania House to Vote on Online Gambling Bill Thursday

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    It looks like Thursday will be the day that we find out if a future for online poker is still alive in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Today was supposed to see a vote on HB 649, a bill which would legalize and regulate online gambling, but the vote was pushed to tomorrow, as lawmakers in [&hellip [...]


  • Attorney General RAWA Petition Going Down in Flames

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    Remember when a couple Attorneys General tried to get their colleagues to sign a petition in support of the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA)? If you read my other article today, you do. At first, it may have seemed a little scary, what with a whole lot of top law enforcement officials pote [...]


  • Nevada Attorney General Refines Stance on RAWA

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    Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt attempted to appease some of his critics this week by penning his own letter to leaders of the United States House and Senate Judiciary Committees, a sort of supplement to the letter sent by several state Attorneys General supporting the Restoration of America’s [...]


  • PPA Executive Director Pens Op-Ed for Morning Consult

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    The website Morning Consult published an op-ed piece by Poker Players Alliance executive director John Pappas on Monday in which he railed against the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA) and the upcoming hearing on online poker scheduled for Wednesday in front of the House Oversight & Gov [...]


  • Evidence Supports Push from Sheldon Adelson in Nevada AG’s Decision to Support RAWA

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    The news two days ago that Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt would be signing a letter from other AG’s in support of the federal ban regarding online gaming and poker came as a stunner. Not only did it surprise the online gaming and poker communities – and the casinos that support online gamin [...]


  • Nevada Attorney General Supports RAWA

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    Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt told Politico magazine’s contributing editor Jon Ralston that he will sign a letter with other Attorneys General supporting Sheldon Adelson’s Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA). Laxalt explained his position on Ralston’s show, “Ralston Live,” whi [...]


  • Online Gambling Bill Passes Through PA House Committee

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    Online poker took a huge step forward in Pennsylvania Tuesday as H.B. 649 passed through the state’s House Gaming Oversight Committee. The bill, introduced by Committee Chairman Rep. John Payne in February, would legalize and regulate online gambling in the Commonwealth. In a press release, the Po [...]


  • Another RAWA Hearing Expected in House of Representatives in December

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    According to statements out of the Poker Players Alliance, Washington, D. C. might not be done with its tango with online gaming and poker. The PPA tweeted yesterday that “the on again/off again iGaming hearing in Congress is now on again.” According to the PPA, the chairman of the House Oversig [...]


  • Rep. Chaffetz Not Adding DFS to RAWA

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    Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R – Utah) is not planning to try to kill daily fantasy sports (DFS) along with online poker in his anti-online gambling bill, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Last week, the Review-Journal reported that Chaffetz, Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government [...]


  • Pennsylvania Online Gaming Hearing Postponed Amid Budget Debates

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    After postponing a hearing on the subject of online gaming and poker last week due to the uproar over daily fantasy sports (DFS), Pennsylvania legislators once again postponed a planned hearing on the subject on Tuesday, this time due to movement in their logjam over the state budget. Although there [...]


  • Florida Senator Marco Rubio Might Support RAWA Poker Carve-Out

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    As a gaggle of Republican presidential hopefuls prepare to likely embarrass themselves in tonight’s debate, one actually displayed a smidgeon of reason recently, commenting on a topic that is never brought up in any of these campaigns: online poker. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Flori [...]


  • New House Speaker Nominee Paul Ryan’s Choice of Chief of Staff? An Anti-Online Gaming Lobbyist

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    If you’ve been living under a rock as of late, the U. S. House of Representatives – one-half of the legislative branch of United States government – has been in a state of disarray (and that may be an understatement). Speaker of the House John Boehner, perhaps finally disgusted with the backst [...]


  • State Attorneys General Petitioning for RAWA

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    In a letter dated October 19th, 2015, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster and South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson urged fellow Attorneys General to sign-on to a letter asking Congressional Judiciary Committee Leadership to support Sheldon Adelson’s Restoration of America’s Wire Act (R [...]


  • Conservative Political Group Publicly Denounces RAWA

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    United States Representative Bob Goodlatte hates, hates, hates online poker. Wishes it would die. And in the U.S., thanks to his efforts to get the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA) passed, it almost did. Yet despite all that, Rep. Goodlatte is currently one of the poker ind [...]


  • New York State Senator to Revise Online Poker Legislation

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    After receiving feedback from industry members and regulatory organizations, a New York State Senator is looking to revise some segments of his online poker legislation. New York State Senator John Bonacic, who is the driving force behind online poker legislation in the Empire State (he has filed so [...]


  • Appellate Court Rules Against New Jersey, Kills Potential Sports Betting Industry

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    Americans who want to bet on sports are going to have to travel to Nevada or play daily fantasy sports for the time being, as a three-judge appellate court panel ruled against the state of New Jersey Tuesday in its efforts to legalize sports betting. It is a little strange to think of Atlantic City [...]


  • Georgia State Government to Launch Casino Study

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    Could talks about legalizing casino gambling in the state of Georgia be getting at least semi-serious? On Friday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that two meetings have been scheduled for state lawmakers to discuss the possibility of a land-based casino industry. The meetings will be held [...]


  • NY State Senator to Hold Online Poker Hearing

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    It is not necessarily a huge step, but it is a step nonetheless: New York State Senator John Bonacic, who serves as the chairman of the state’s Senate Racing, Gaming, and Wagering Committee, recently told Gambling Compliance that he will hold an online poker hearing in September. Right now, it app [...]


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