Weekly Roundup June 20 2014
PokerStars Licensing Discussions Restart in New Jersey
The news of Amaya Gaming acquiring PokerStars is a week old and wheels are already turning. New Jersey regulators are already reviewing documentation that may help PokerStars launch in the state by the end of 2014. Amaya Gaming already holds an interactive gaming license in New Jersey. It supplies casino content for most New Jersey regulated online casinos. It also operates the poker platform used by Betfair.
Bovada Stops Accepting Delaware and Nevada Players
Bovada stopped accepting players from Delaware and Nevada this week. Existing players in these two states are still allowed to play but cannot make deposits anymore. Bovada currently also restricts deposits and signups from Maryland, New Jersey and New York. It is still by far the largest U.S.-facing online poker site.
Pennsylvania iGaming Bill Introduced
An online gambling bill was formerly introduced in the Pennsylvania state senate this week. The bill would allow online poker and casino games. The tax rate would be 14 percent and interstate gaming pacts would be allowed. A bad actor clause aimed at restricting PokerStars is also included in the language of the bill. The full bill may be found here.
Ultimate Poker New Jersey to Pay 100% Rakeback
Ultimate Poker is offering cash game players 100% rakeback between now and July 31. All players have to do is rake $10 to qualify. Rakeback is paid in U$ that may be used to enter multi table tournaments, sit and gos, or play slot machines at UCasino.