Online Poker

  • PokerStars Institutes New Affiliate Policy with a Major Change

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    In an e-mail to affiliates on Friday – in some cases other businesses that have been with the site since its inception in 2001 – PokerStars announced major changes to its affiliate program that will have a seismic effect on the online poker industry. The e-mail, which was posted on several onlin [...]


  • Nevada AG Slaps SwC Founder Bryan Micon with Illegal Gambling Charge

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    Bryan Micon, founder of SwCPoker.eu, is a wanted man in the United States. First reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Nevada Attorney General’s Office has issued an arrest warrant for Micon, charging him with one count of operating an unlicensed interactive gaming system. Should he be arr [...]


  • Online Poker Bill Advances in California Legislature

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    For years, proponents of online poker in California have been trying to get something going in the state legislature, only to have every bill die before it can even get on its feet. Yesterday, though, one bill finally took its first step. The California State Assembly Governmental Organization (GO) [...]


  • Lock Poker Has No Vital Signs, Appears Closed

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    The unnecessarily long, stupid saga of Lock Poker has come to an inglorious end. While the online poker site has not issued any sort of formal statement (and we would expect nothing less), it appears that it has shut its doors for good. According to USPoker’s John Mehaffey, Lock Poker has been dow [...]


  • Full Tilt Poker Slashes Games Roster

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    Full Tilt Poker made some drastic changes Tuesday, eliminating a slew of games from its roster in order to make the game lobbies more manageable. This is the biggest culling in the online poker industry since the UIGEA was passed in 2006. Here are the games that Full Tilt Poker has purged, as listed [...]


  • Pennsylvania House Passes Anti-RAWA Resolution

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    The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed a bill yesterday urging the United States Congress to toss out Sheldon Adelson’s H.R. 707, better known as the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA). RAWA would make all online gambling in the United States effectively illegal, scuttling Pennsy [...]


  • DDoS Attacks Plague Online Poker Once Again

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    Online poker rooms were under attack again this past weekend, but it wasn’t from Sheldon Adelson and his hangers-on (well, I guess we don’t know this FOR SURE…). This time, unfortunately, a number of poker rooms were once again the targets of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, rende [...]


  • LexisNexis Approved for Player Verification Services in New Jersey

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    LexisNexis Risk Solutions announced last week that it has been approved by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) to provide age and identity verification services for the state’s online gambling industry. LexisNexis already has plenty of experience in the gaming industry, though it d [...]


  • Millionaire Month Boosting PokerStars Traffic

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    PokerStars is the king of the hill in the online poker world and will be for a long time to come, barring any unforeseen development, but that doesn’t mean the giant can’t be knocked down a peg. Over the last couple months, PokerStars has seen its cash game liquidity drop. While it still is head [...]


  • Delaware Gambling Officials Keeping Eye on RAWA

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    Not that it should come as any surprise, but Delaware gaming officials are monitoring the progress of H.R. 707, the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA), very closely, according to a report in the Wilmington, Delaware news outlet, the News Journal. Though Nevada and New Jersey have garnered mo [...]


  • PokerScout Report: Overall Traffic Up, Nevada/Delaware Merger Underwhelming

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    A miracle has happened in the online poker industry. No, Senator Harry Reid didn’t yell “April Fools!” No, Sheldon Adelson wasn’t thrown into the Death Star’s reactor shaft by Darth Vader. Nothing that miraculous. For the first time in two months, online poker cash game traffic actually ro [...]


  • Québec Budget Plan Looks to Make ISPs Block Online Gambling Sites

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    Combing through hundreds of pages of government budget minutiae can be a chore, but if you look hard enough, you might just find something fun and amusing. Now, I am not about to take credit for this because I most certainly did not comb through hundreds of pages of minutiae (but I did spell the [&h [...]


  • Morgan Stanley Lowers Estimate on U. S. Online Gaming Market

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    At a time when the industry is still trying to get on its feet, the financial services corporation Morgan Stanley has lowered its previous revenue estimates regarding the United States’ online gaming and poker market. According to Wayne Parry of the Associated Press, the analysis of online gaming [...]


  • Amaya Gaming CEO Expects PokerStars in New Jersey this Fall

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    We hope this is not an April Fool’s joke. If it is, don’t blame us, we’re just the messenger. In this week’s earnings call, Amaya Gaming CEO David Baazov said that he “expects” PokerStars to finally launch in New Jersey in the third quarter of 2015. There have been many guesses during th [...]


  • Nevada, Delaware Launch Shared Player Pools

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    In what is another milestone in United States online poker history, Delaware and Nevada have combined their player pools, marking the first time there has ever been legal, regulated interstate internet poker in the country. The merge occurred last night in what is being termed a “soft launch” of [...]


  • Nevada Bill to Limit Interstate Gaming to Poker

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    A new bill was introduced into the Nevada state legislature on Thursday, aiming to clarify some of the rules surrounding interstate gaming compacts. Assembly Bill No. 414 (AB 414) was referred to the Committee on Judiciary on March 19th, 2015 and, if passed, would restrict any interstate agreements [...]


  • Another Round of Full Tilt Payments Imminent

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    I think I once wrote something like, “The long Full Tilt Poker frozen funds nightmare is almost over.” Something like that. I suppose, though, that by “almost,” I meant “your guess is as good as mine.” But now, NOW maybe I can say that the four year (FOUR YEAR!) ordeal is coming to an en [...]


  • Partypoker Releases Draft Schedule for NJCOP II

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    A representative from partypoker released a preliminary draft of the schedule for the second New Jersey Championship of Online Poker (NJCOP II) on Two Plus Two this week in order to seek feedback an everything from buy-in levels to game types to tournament structures. NJCOP II will run April 16th th [...]


  • PokerScout Report: Adjarabet Drop Pulls Market Down

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    According to PokerScout’s Weekly Online Poker Traffic Update, online poker cash game traffic fell the slightest of amounts last week, declining just one-tenth of one percent. It was still a loss, though, marking the fourth consecutive week that internet poker counts have fallen. On the bright side [...]


  • PalaPoker On Hold in New Jersey

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    In November 2014, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) granted conditional approval to an online gaming partnership between Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa (via its parent company, Marina District Development Company LLC) and Pala Interactive LLC. It was a fairly mome [...]


  • Bitcoin Poker Site SwCPoker Launches

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    Bitcoin online poker room SealswithClubs.com is no more. SwCPoker.eu has risen in its place. As Seals chairman Bryan Micon promised in February, his poker site was down but not out, re-launching on Friday with its new brand. The SwC saga dates back to the morning of February 11th, when Micon’s Las [...]


  • PokerScout Report: February Was Not Good

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    PokerScout.com released its Weekly Online Poker Traffic Update on Saturday, reporting yet another difficult seven day stretch for the internet poker industry. Cash game traffic fell two percent last week with seven of the top ten networks and sites experiencing down weeks. There was some slight shif [...]


  • Former Lock Poker Employee Says Company “On Verge of Collapse”

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    After continuing operations for more than two years despite the fact that they were not paying out players, a former employee for the besieged online poker room Lock Poker says that the website is “on the verge of collapse.” In an interview with Pokerfuse.com’s Michael Gentile, former Lock Pok [...]


  • Picking at Old Wounds: Cole South Recalls Brian Hastings’ Thrashing of Isildur1

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    In “real life,” five years is not a particularly long time,* but in the online poker universe, it is an eternity. Therefore, to me, at least, it seems odd that a five-year old topic that affected very few people was recently drudged up, but it was, and here we are. Cole “cts687” South recent [...]


  • Nevada, Delaware to Share Online Poker Player Pools Soon

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    The combination of Nevada’s and Delaware’s online poker player pools may be around the corner. Finally. According to Steve Tetreault of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has said that the year-old interstate gaming compact between the two states will finally have its p [...]


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