Author: John Mehaffey

Online Poker

Future Catalysts for Online Poker Growth

It is no secret that online poker is on the decline. The main reason for this is the lack of U.S. players in the system. Another reason for the decline is that regulation in other countries separate players from the international player pools. These are not the only issues affecting online poker traffic throughout the […]

Regulated Online Poker

Best Model for Regulated Online Poker

Online poker regulation started last decade. It started with minor, mostly benign offshore gaming commissions. These groups were often based in small countries with little other industry outside of tourism. Some had no bricks-and-mortar gaming industry. Some governments did not approve of this lax control of gaming that accepted customers from their country and took […]

Online Poker affected by Black Friday

What if Black Friday Never Happened?

Black Friday occurred on April 15, 2011.  It changed online poker forever, especially in the United States.  That is because PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, Absolute Poker and UltimateBet were indicted for violating the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.  This blemished the impeccable reputation of PokerStars.  It also put an end to Full Tilt, Absolute Poker […]

November 2017 US Offshore Online Poker Payment Processing Report

November 2017 US Offshore Online Poker Payment Processing Report

Online poker payout speeds remained quick over the past month. The sports betting season has not slowed down poker withdrawals at all, except at one site that was already having trouble. The October 2017 US Offshore Online Poker Payment Processing Report may be found here. Last month’s grades are in parenthesis. BetOnline A+ (A+) BetOnline […]

Black Friday Online Poker Sites

Could Another Black Friday Happen?

Black Friday occurred on April 15, 2011.  It was the day that indictments were unsealed that charged PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker with illegal online gambling.  The prosecuting U.S. Attorney’s Office was in the Southern District of New York.  Preet Bharara led the investigation. PokerStars left the U.S. market immediately after Black Friday […]

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Low Limit Las Vegas Poker Tournaments

I played my first live poker tournament in years this week at Sam’s Town. It was a $40 tournament that drew about 30 people and ended up with 50 buy-ins. First place was $600. The competition was soft, and it got me thinking that maybe smaller poker tournaments may be worth paying the excessive rake. […]

Weekly Roundup October 27 2017

Weekly Roundup October 27 2017

Online Poker and Casino Legalization Passes Pennsylvania Legislature The Pennsylvania Legislature passed a bill this week that would legalize and regulate online poker and casino games. Language in the bill also licenses daily fantasy sports sites and includes the possibility of sports betting should the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act get nullified by the […]

October 2017 US Offshore Online Poker Payment Processing Report

October 2017 US Offshore Online Poker Payment Processing Report

Football season has not hurt withdrawal speeds at US-facing poker sites. All remained in the same range as last month. This is a great sign as this is the busiest time of the year for US sportsbooks. This can overwhelm payment processing. Most US online poker sites are related to sports betting sites. Last month’s […]

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Why Free Poker Sites Are Waste of Time for Players

There are hundreds of places to play online poker. Some are real money poker sites where players can win cash. Others are social media sites where players can play for free or spend money for rewards. Others are just outright free with no ability to spend money. There are play money tables at nearly all […]

September 2017 US Offshore Online Poker Payment Processing Report

September 2017 US Offshore Online Poker Payment Processing Report

It is the busiest time of the year for offshore poker sites. Football season generates significant demand on the payment processing systems. It does not seem that there have been any slowdowns in payments due to this. Most sites hung around last month’s levels or slightly improved. August grades are in parenthesis. The full August […]