It was a bittersweet victory for the “little guy” last week as a trio of gaming equipment developers and distributors won a lawsuit against gaming giant Scientific Games. A Chicago jury awarded the group $105 million, but because it was an antitrust case, federal regulations trebled the damages to $315 million. Shuffle Tech Takes On… Read more »

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks have unfortunately become a fact of life in online poker. While they are not a regular occurrence in the industry, they do happen often enough where they are expected. How they affect the poker sites all depends on the intensity of the attack and the effectiveness of the site’s… Read more »

French online poker site Winamax has concluded an investigation into alleged bot play by banning two accounts, seizing the funds of one of them. In an interesting decision, the poker room’s management made the results of their investigation public. The controversy started about two months ago, when players on ClubPoker, a French-language poker message board,… Read more »

PokerStars announced Wednesday that it has become the first online gaming company to feature live dealer games on a social gaming mobile app. The app is PokerStars Play, a free-to-play gambling app (featuring primarily poker) with optional chip purchases for real money. The two new games, War of Bets and Bet on Poker, were developed… Read more »

Brandon Eisen nabbed his first recorded live tournament win since 2013 on Monday, emerging victorious in the $5,250 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship Event. He began as the chip leader at the final table and ended up defeating Jeremy Ausmus heads-up to win $771,444. Here is a look at the chip counts to begin… Read more »

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Phil Galfond Addresses Table Caps at Run It Once

Late last week, professional poker player Phil Galfond posted another update as to the progress of his upcoming real money online poker room, Run It Once. This time, the main topic was table caps, that is, the maximum number of tables a player is allowed to have open and active at once. It seems like… Read more »

MPN Launches New Prima Poker Client

On Thursday, the Microgaming Poker Network (MPN) introduced a new version of its poker client to several of its skins, hopefully allowing the network to be able to roll out updates and feature additions much more smoothly in the future. The new client is named “Prima,” in reference to the original name of the network,… Read more »

MGM Strikes Online Gaming Deals with GVC, Boyd Gaming

MGM Resorts International announced two big partnerships Monday, setting the stage for it to potentially become a major player in the online gaming arena. In two separate press releases, MGM revealed deals with both GVC Holdings and brick-and-mortar gambling rival, Boyd Gaming. GVC Holdings GVC Holdings, though not exactly a household name in internet gambling… Read more »

PokerStars Ends Showtime Hold’em, Teases “Unfold”

In a move that likely came as a disappointment to some, but hopefully a surprise to nobody, PokerStars removed the specialty game Showtime Hold’em from its cash game lobby on Monday. This was a scheduled change and is something that PokerStars has done before. The more interesting thing is that the online poker room has… Read more »

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Nine Pennsylvania Casinos Apply for Online Poker Licenses

Pennsylvania finally legalized online poker last fall and now the industry is finally, slowly starting to ramp up. The first deadline for casinos to apply for interactive gaming licenses was early last week and though for a while it looked like very few or even none of them would file petitions, in the end, nine… Read more »

Kentucky Sports Betting Bill Penned With Bonkers Tax Rate

The good news: Kentucky state Senators are trying to legalize sports betting in the state next year. The bad news: the taxes they propose will kill the industry before it starts. Senator Julian Carroll (D – Dist. 7) pre-filed BR 29, essentially getting it all set to go so that he can quickly introduce it… Read more »

Netherlands Fine Tuning Gambling Regulations, Moving Toward Open Market

Last week, Sander Dekker, Minister for Legal Protection of the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security posted a statement outlining his Ministry’s plans for changes to the Netherlands’ Remote Gambling Act in an effort to open up the country for online gambling while at the same time offering protections to players. Not that long ago,… Read more »

Portland Meadows Poker Room Loses to Oregon Lottery Once Again

Last fall, the Oregon Lottery terminated its contract with Portland Meadows, revoking the racetrack’s license to house ten video lottery terminals because the venue has engaged in what the Oregon Lottery considers illegal gambling. Portland Meadows appealed the decision, but recently, the Lottery responded, denying the appeal and confirming its own ruling from last year.… Read more »

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Player of the Year Wars Heating Up After Conclusion of WSOP

With the 78 tournaments that made up the 2018 World Series of Poker, it had to be expected that there would be some major shifts atop the different Player of the Year races. And while many may think that the run by Justin Bonomo – winning before the start of the WSOP the Super High… Read more »

Joe Cada Continues to Roll, Wins Fourth WSOP Bracelet

Joe Cada scoffs at fatigue. Fatigue isn’t even a word in Joe Cada’s vocabulary. On Friday night, he was eliminated in fifth place in the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event. One would think someone would want at least a short break after that, but no, Cada proceeded to enter the Event #75: The… Read more »

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Responses Pour In On Full Tilt Poker License Revocation

The shockwaves of yesterday’s decision by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC) to revoke the e-gaming license of Full Tilt Poker continue to be felt across the poker world. Following the announcement of the decision by the AGCC – where the executive director of the organization, Andre Wilsenach, said that Full Tilt Poker “fundamentally misled… Read more »

PokerStars WCOOP 2011 Schedule Announced

As the saying goes, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”  While the online poker industry has been attempting to weather a serious storm over the last few months, one constant still remains: the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP).  The world’s largest online poker room (smaller, but still the largest)… Read more »

Tom Dwan Addresses $1 Million Promise

On April 19, four days after the U.S. Department of Justice seized the three major online poker rooms, Tom “durrrr” Dwan and Phil Galfond turned to Twitter to try and calm the storm. The two poker superstars each guaranteed $1 million from their own pockets if PokerStars and Full Tilt didn’t pay back players, and… Read more »

Phil Gordon Dismissed from Full Tilt Poker Class-Action Lawsuit

After being included in a class-action lawsuit filed against Full Tilt Poker last month, Phil Gordon immediately went to work to clear his name from any illegal activity involving the embattled company. He hired Maurice Suh of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher of Los Angeles to press a civil suit filed by a group of poker… Read more »

Class-Action Lawsuit Filed Against Full Tilt Poker

A class action lawsuit was filed against Full Tilt Poker in the Southern District of New York on Thursday, a move that could potentially delay the return of player funds following the tentative sale of the company to European investors. Plaintiffs Steve Segal, Nick Hammer, Robin Hougdahl, and Todd Terry filed the lawsuit against the… Read more »

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