Articles by: Steve Ruddock

The Fight … A Look Back at a Year of Legal Online Gambling

Steve Ruddock | February 15, 2015

New Jersey has given us a lot to look at On November 26, 2014, New Jersey’s online gambling industry celebrated its first birthday. It was an important milestone for online gaming in the United States. Analysts and pundits could now turn to facts on the ground, instead of relying on hypothetical scenarios and what if’s. [...]

The Fight … Regulations Matter

Steve Ruddock | November 15, 2014

The rules are in place and working For more than a decade, U.S. online poker players were at the mercy of the foreign companies operating online poker sites and the regulatory bodies of varying credibility that provided oversight. The lack of real regulations and consumer protections became evident following the passage of UIGEA in 2006, [...]

The Fight: How the AGA Let Down the Online Gaming Industry

Steve Ruddock | October 15, 2014

‘No position’ is a bad position The American Gaming Association is the voice of the casino and gaming industry. They rely on the AGA to present legislators and the general public with a unified message detailing the benefits of the gaming industry. As its mission statement reads, the AGA has the “fundamental goal of creating [...]

How 888 and CEO Brian Mattingley Found Success While Rivals Struggled

Steve Ruddock | September 15, 2014

In 2010, poker’s star was fading. The Poker Boom’s peak had come and gone and with very few exceptions, online poker profits and markets were on the decline around the globe. Then in April of 2011 things got even worse. The Department of Justice’s crackdown on online poker sites, dubbed Black Friday, effectively stamped out [...]

Getting to Know Amaya Gaming: The New King of Online Poker

Steve Ruddock | August 15, 2014

Thrust in the spotlight following its purchase of PokerStars, Amaya Gaming suddenly became a household name in the poker community, but very little is known about the Canadian-based company. Let’s see if we can shed a little light on the new owner of the world’s largest online poker site by looking into its past, present, [...]

The Fight … 10 States for ’15

Steve Ruddock | July 15, 2014

Potential Candidates for Online Legalization We still have roughly a half a year to go before 2015 is upon us, but legislative bodies around the country are starting to fold their hands when it comes to online gambling expansion this year. The best shot for online gaming expansion in 2014 was in California, but that [...]

Big News … Game Changer

Steve Ruddock | June 15, 2014

Online Poker Industry Turned on Its Head Following Sale of PokerStars In the 16-year history of online poker, there are only a handful of events that have been significant enough that they are worthy enough of being written down in the annals of online poker history. That short-list has now grown by one after the [...]