Weekly Roundup May 27 2016

Weekly Roundup May 27 2016

Treasure Island Launches Subscription Poker Site Treasure Island launched a subscription online poker room this week.  Players have the option of entering the pool for free or paying $9.99 or $14.99 per month.  The more players invest, the higher the potential prize pools.  Prizes are awarded to players that compete in tournaments.  These include cash […]

Weekly Roundup May 20 2016

Weekly Roundup May 20 2016

PokerStars and Full Tilt Merge Player Pools Full Tilt’s poker software is officially retired.  Its player pool merged into the PokerStars platform this week.  The Full Tilt brand is still being used.  The PokerStars software was skinned with Full Tilt logos and branding.  Otherwise, it is essentially identical to PokerStars.   The effect on PokerStars […]

Weekly Roundup May 13 2016

Weekly Roundup May 13 2016

New Jersey Breaks Another Online Gaming Revenue Record The New Jersey regulated iGaming industry broke another revenue record in April.  The state’s legal poker and casino sites took in a combined $17 million. Poker was up 30 percent over April 2015.  This is due to the opening of PokerStars, which raked nearly $1.2 million last […]

Weekly Roundup May 6 2016

Weekly Roundup May 6 2016

Positive Michigan Online Gambling Hearing A public hearing by the Michigan Senate Regulatory Reform Committee discussed SB 889 on Wednesday.  The bill would legalize and regulate online poker and casino games in the state.  SB 889 would permit eight licensees to spread the games.  Nobody spoke out in opposition to the bill, however, there was […]

Weekly Roundup April 29 2016

Weekly Roundup April 29 2016

California Online Poker Bill Passes Committee For the second year in a row, a bill that would legalize and regulate online poker in California passed its first hurdle.  The Governmental Organization Committee by a 19-0 margin.  The bill is AB 2863.  It would permit tribes and card clubs to offer online poker to anybody in […]

Weekly Roundup April 22 2016

Weekly Roundup April 22 2016

Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma Plans to Launch Online Gambling August 1 The first legal tribal online gaming site in the U.S. will open August 1, according to the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma.  The site will use the Pokertribe.org.  An arbitrator recently ruled that the tribe was within its rights to spread online gaming.  The site […]

Weekly Roundup April 8 2016

Weekly Roundup April 8 2016

Quebec May Block Unlicensed Sites A bill before Quebec lawmakers would require internet service providers to block online gambling sites that are not licensed.  This would remove access for every online poker and casino site available in Quebec except for ones operated by the provincial lottery.  The move would be unprecedented in Canada.  Critics charge […]

Weekly Roundup March 25 2016

Weekly Roundup March 25 2016

Amaya Gaming CEO Charged With Insider Trading Amaya Gaming’s CEO David Baazov was charged with five counts related to insider trading this week by Quebec financial market regulators.  Amaya Gaming is the parent company of PokerStars.  The charges are related to the $4.9 billion acquisition of PokerStars in 2014.  Baazov and Amaya Gaming deny any […]

Weekly Roundup March 18 2016

Weekly Roundup March 18 2016

PokerStars New Jersey Launches PokerStars New Jersey launched this week.  Players report few issues with the testing phase.  The most popular games this week have been Spin & Gos.  Those are jackpot sit and gos where the prize pool is determined by a random number generator.  This is the first introduction of this type of […]

Weekly Roundup March 11 2016

Weekly Roundup March 11 2016

PokerStars New Jersey Launching Next Week PokerStars New Jersey announced its schedule for the beta and testing period.  The site will operate from 4pm to midnight on March 16 and 17.  It will then reopen at 8am on March 18 and remain open permanently.  This schedule is dependent on on the stability of the site […]

Weekly Roundup February 26 2016

Weekly Roundup February 26 2016

PokerStars Announces New Jersey Launch Date PokerStars New Jersey announced that it will launch on March 21.  Players that had an account on the .com site before Black Friday can log in with the old username and password.  New players can complete the new account creation process in a couple of minutes. PokerStars will offer […]

Weekly Roundup February 19 2016

Weekly Roundup February 19 2016

Western Union Says Federal Government Probing Company Western Union stated in a company filing this week that the federal government is probing whether it was known that illegal gambling companies were using its service. Costa Rica, Panama, Peru and the Dominican Republic were among the countries involved in these transactions, according to the Denver Post.  […]

Weekly Roundup February 12 2016

Weekly Roundup February 12 2016

Partypoker Dumps Withdrawal Fees Partypoker announced this week that it would end withdrawal fees on ewallet withdrawals effective immediately.  All Neteller, Skrill and Webmoney cashouts will be processed without Partypoker taking a cut.  The decision was made based on player feedback.  This is part of its “Poker for the People” campaign. Partypoker Reenters Gray Markets […]

Partypoker Ends eWallet Withdrawal Fees

Partypoker Ends eWallet Withdrawal Fees

Partypoker announced today that it reversed a 2013 decision to charge for withdrawals to ewallets.  Effective immediately, payouts to Neteller, Skrill and Webmoney will carry no fee.  All cashouts from partypoker are now free. The concept of charging a fee to withdraw from partypoker drew the ire of professional players at the time.  It was […]

Weekly Roundup February 5 2016

Weekly Roundup February 5 2016

Euro Club Poker Bans UK Players Last week, we first reported that Win Cake shuttered.  Players in the UK were moved to Euro Club Poker.  All other players were moved to Juicy Stakes, which is not licensed in the UK. Euro Club Poker banned all UK players this week without explanation.  The site appears to […]