Jun 9, 2014 |

Adelson-Backed RAWA Online Gambling Bills Stall in Congress

Since their introduction back in March 26, 2014 the Restoration of Americas Wire Act (RAWA) bills introduced in the Senate by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and the US House of Representatives by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) the legislation has failed to gain any serious momentum, and by and large has been mostly forgotten outside of […]

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May 29, 2014 |

Newly Proposed Federal Bill Contains Online Poker Carveout

According to Nevada journalist Jon Ralston, a new bill is “being floated around DC” that would ban online gambling with the notable exception of online poker. Ralston posted a draft of the legislation, dubbed the Internet Gambling Prohibition and Control Act of 2014 on his RalstonReports.com website. The bill has not been introduced at this […]

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Sep 17, 2013 |

THE FIGHT: Caesars Moves the Ball Forward

Caesars announced yesterday that WSOP.com will go live for real-money poker in Nevada on Thursday morning. The launch, which was expected over the summer, makes Caesars the second company to offer legal, licensed online gambling in the United States. “I think this is the beginning of the domino effect, the same way the state of […]

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Sep 10, 2013 |

THE FIGHT: The State of the States

The failure to pass online poker in the state of California – again! – will become official this Friday. When it does, Pennsylvania will become the only state in the nation with an active online gambling bill. That bill has been tabled by a Pennsylvania House committee chair pending the outcome of online gaming in […]

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Jul 26, 2013 |

THE FIGHT: Titus Toes the Nevada Line

Summer continues to be a slow season for movement in THE FIGHT to legalize online poker. After last week’s double feature in Congress, the only notable development in Washington this week was a call from Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV) for a hearing on online gambling in the House. “Previous efforts in Congress to create a […]

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Jul 19, 2013 |

THE FIGHT: Hot Air Emanates from Capitol Hill

The poker regulatory action centered on Washington this week. Both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate got in on the fun, but by the end of the week many people were scratching their heads and wondering what, if anything, had been accomplished. Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) and the Poker Players Alliance got things […]

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Jul 16, 2013 |

Barton Hasn’t Spoken to Reid About Internet Poker Legalization

During a media call today to promote his online poker bill, Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) disclosed that he hasn’t spoken to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) or Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) at all this legislative session about coordinating efforts in Congress to legalize online poker. Barton, talking about the Internet Poker Freedom Act he […]

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Jul 12, 2013 |

THE FIGHT: Barton Bill is a False Hope

Yesterday Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) introduced the provocatively titled Internet Poker Freedom Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill, like a similar measure that Barton introduced in 2011, seeks to legalize online poker on the federal level and was greeted with a muted cheer by U.S. poker players. Muted, because they have learned […]

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Jun 14, 2013 |

THE FIGHT: Pennsylvania Moves to a Back Burner

Special interests in Washington continue to try to peddle the federal online gaming bill introduced by Rep. Peter King (R-NY) last week to anyone who will buy. By this round of THE FIGHT, however, veteran industry observers know better than to put too much hope in the bill. Senate Majority Leader and lukewarm internet poker […]

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Jun 7, 2013 |

THE FIGHT: Are the Feds Really Back in the Game?

Yesterday produced some seemingly big developments on the federal legislative beat. Rep. Peter King (R-NY) introduced a federal online gaming bill called the Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection and Enforcement Act of 2013 in the House of Representatives. It’s the first online gaming bill to be introduced in Congress since the current Congress began in […]

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May 3, 2013 |

THE FIGHT: Will California or the Feds Kickstart U.S. Online Poker?

This week online poker finally returned to the U.S. (hooray!) and Rational Group’s deal to purchase a casino in New Jersey died a curious death (boo!). THE FIGHT to legalize online poker played out with similiarly mixed results, as California began to circulate an online gaming bill with tribal support (hooray!) but Massachusetts failed to […]

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Feb 22, 2013 |

THE FIGHT: Nevada Lines Up for Interstate Poker

It was a week of expected developments in THE FIGHT to legalize online poker, with one unexpected development thrown into the mix. Let’s start with the expected. Yesterday, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signed an amendment to Nevada’s intrastate online poker law that allows Nevada to enter into online poker agreements with other states without waiting […]

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