PokerStars Ends Free-to-Play Poker in Washington State

Acting with an abundance of caution, PokerStars is blocking Washington State residents from accessing its free-to-play poker products. The move comes just days after a US Federal Appeals Court ruled that social casinos do, in fact, constitute real gambling. PokerStars made the announcement last week after Big Fish Social Casino was informed that its virtual…

Michigan Lawmaker Introduces Online Gambling Bill

Michigan lawmakers are debating a bill this week that would legalize online gambling in the state. It's not their first attempt at regulating the business and it's one that could be in trouble before it ever really gets off the ground. Representative Brandt Iden (R) introduced HB4926 earlier this week and lawmakers are set to…

Australian Government Bans Online Poker

Australian lawmakers passed the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016 in to law this week and, in doing so, also effectively banned online poker in the Land Down Under. The move was terrible news for Aussie poker players, who immediately compared Tuesday to the infamous American Black Friday. It's also likely to accelerate the pace of…

California Lawmakers Take Another Stab at Online Poker

California lawmakers are taking another stab at legalizing online poker with the introduction of The Internet Consumer Protection Act (AB 1677). The proposed legislation would establish a licensing scheme for the state; address the thorny issue of compensation for race tracks for not being allowed to participate in online gambling; and lays out the basics…

Survey Says: Californians Oppose Online Poker

Nearly 52% of California residents are opposed to regulated online poker. That's the startling finding of a recent survey conducted by a group of California Indian tribes. This new information comes on the eve of a key vote by California lawmakers on a long-delayed bill to legalize online poker in the Golden State. It's worth…

California Online Poker Update: Let's Talk About Bad Actors

California lawmakers are meeting this week to take another stab at AB2863. their long-delayed online poker bill. Once again, the assembled politicians will be attempting to appease a galaxy of competing stakeholders that are all looking to grab their own piece of the California online gambling dream, while keeping their competitors from getting a taste.…

California Online Poker Bill Offers Carrot to Horse Tracks

The latest attempt at bringing regulated online poker to California involves a $60 million incentive for the Golden State horse racing industry. That $60 million offer is part of a group of amendments California Assemblyman Adam Gray added to his version of an online poker bill that's been kicking around the state house for quite…

Nebraska Legislature Kills Online Poker Bill

The State of Nebraska has weighed in on whether it thinks online poker is a game of skill or a game of chance and their decision is not good news for rounders. Last week, the Nebraska State Legislature voted down a bill that would have legalized online poker by redefining poker as a game of…

Stakeholders Debate New York Online Poker Proposal

A new New York online poker proposal has put Empire State gambling stakeholders at odds with one another. On its face, bringing online poker to New York state seems like a no-brainer; online gambling creates tax revenue and New York State desperately needs tax revenue. Unfortunately things in the gaming industry are never that simple.…

Wisconsin Judge Ruling: 'Poker is a Game of Chance'

A Wisconsin judge is the latest official to weigh in on whether poker is a game of skill or a game of chance, and he's fallen squarely on the side of chance. Circuit Judge Richard G. Nice issued his ruling in a Dane County, Wisconsin courtroom in response to a case filed by the Poker…