Weekly Roundup January 23 2015

Weekly Roundup January 23 2015

New California Online Poker Bill Introduced

Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer introduced AB 167 this week in California.  The bill would legalize and regulated online poker.  It has some differences from AB 9, previously introduced by Assemblyman Mike Gatto.

AB 167 would allow racetracks to participate in California online poker, in addition to the card clubs and tribes allowed under AB 9.  AB 167 does not include a bad actor clause that would automatically exclude PokerStars.  Instead, it leaves much of the discretion up to the gaming regulators.  AB 9, the previously released online poker bill, automatically excluded sites that operated in the U.S. without proper licensing after December 31, 2006.

The text of AB 167 may be found here.

BetOnline Reload Bonus

BetOnline is offering a 200% up to $1,000 reload bonus, as reported by Profrb.com.  Players must deposit at least $50 to receive the bonus.  The terms are exactly the same as the first deposit bonus.  To claim the offer, email support@betonline.ag with the subject line “I AM PREPARED FOR FEBRUARY”.  Players have until 11:59pm on January 25, 2015 to claim the bonus offer.

Two More $1 Million PokerStars Spin & Gos Hit

The second and third $1 million winners in the PokerStars Spin & Go tournaments hit this week.  This popular 3-handed lottery sit and go format has created three $1 million winners in about two weeks time.  The other two players in each of these tournaments took home a $100,000 consolation prize.

Winning Poker Network Bitcoin Withdrawals Processed in Minutes

The Winning Poker Network now processes Bitcoin withdrawals in just minutes to players in all countries.  This is the fastest way to withdraw from any U.S.-facing poker site.  Deposits are also accepted.  There is a 24-hour delay for Bitcoin deposits to account for currency exchanges and price fluctuations.

Full Tilt Error Teases New Jersey Players

Some players discovered that the Fulltilt.net app in New Jersey had a nice surprise this week.  A pop up message made it appear that the company was ready to launch for real money poker in New Jersey.  It turns out that the message was in error.  There is still no time frame for a New Jersey approval and launch of Full Tilt or its sister site PokerStars.