The Linq Poker Room Closes, Venetian Poker Room Downsizing

The Linq Poker Room Closes, Venetian Poker Room Downsizing

The Linq poker room permanently shuttered Saturday.  It was open less than one year in that location.  The Linq poker room temporarily closed earlier in the week.  It reopened Friday for the purpose of giving away the jackpot pool through drawings over a two-day period. The Linq poker room struggled in its second location on […]

Weekly Roundup July 15 2016

Weekly Roundup July 15 2016

Pennsylvania Online Poker Chances Increase A $100 million increase in tax revenues is a part of a Pennsylvania budget.  This includes money generated from online gambling sites potentially regulated by the state.  Online poker and casino games have not yet passed the legislature but that did not stop the proposal of these funds in the […]

Weekly Roundup July 8 2016

Weekly Roundup July 8 2016

World Series of Poker Online Event Deemed Success The World Series of Poker Event #66 started Friday.  It is the Second Annual Online Bracelet Event.  The buy-in was $1,000.  The tournament drew 927 entries.  This included players that were able to reenter or late register for the first four hours.  There were 320 rebuys.  Any […]

Weekly Roundup July 1 2016

Weekly Roundup July 1 2016

California Online Poker Gridlock Continues A coalition of California tribal gaming interests submitted a letter to Assemblyman Adam Gray this week related to online poker regulation.  The group opposed language in bill AB 2863 that would permit online poker companies that accepted Californians after December 31, 2006, a way into the regulated market. The current […]

Weekly Roundup June 17 2016

Weekly Roundup June 17 2016

Delaware Shatters Online Lottery Revenues Record The Delaware Lottery’s internet gaming products broke a revenue record in May.  Casino and poker games won a combined $282,112.  Poker rake was $40,337, the highest number in more than one year.  Slots and video poker set a record.  Blackjack and roulette posted the lowest win since January. New […]

Weekly Roundup June 3 2016

Weekly Roundup June 3 2016

Merge Gaming Stops Accepting New U.S. Players Merge Gaming no longer accepts new U.S. players.  This applies to poker, casino and sports betting.  Carbon Poker, SuperBook, PlayersOnly and Sportsbook.ag are the sites affected.  Players that already have accounts at these sites are not affected.  Deposits and withdrawals will continue as normal. This is not the […]

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 […]