Editor’s Letter … 2014: A mixed game

Regulation outlook positive for California

Lance Bradley

As you flip through the pages of this issue of BLUFF you’ll notice we’ve taken some time to look back at the biggest newsmakers of 2014, and our friends at Wicked Chops Poker made some predictions for what they think the poker industry will see in 2015. It’s a mixture of good news and bad news.

I look back on 2014 with mixed emotions. It was supposed to be a big year for the regulation of online poker in the United States. It wasn’t. No new states joined the regulated markets list in 2014; we’re still only working with Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware. We even lost one operator, Ultimate Poker, and Harry Reid, once considered a huge supporter of regulating online gaming, nearly sold his soul to Sheldon Adelson as 2014 drew to a close.

That being said, I’m optimistic about what lies ahead for poker in 2015. It feels like California is on the cusp of regulating online poker and that could be — should be — the tipping point for more states to get on board. Once that happens, we’re going to see a slow build back to the popularity that poker enjoyed in the post-Moneymaker era.

The players that are at the top of the game right now have enough personality and charisma and great stories to help propel the game the way the generation before them did. BLUFF will continue to bring you the stories from the players you love, the players you love to hate and the ones you don’t know yet. That’s our promise for 2015.

Run good, play great.

Lance Bradley
Editor in Chief

January 2015