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UConn Poker Addict Balks at Proposed Legalization of Internet Poker in State

A UConn graduate claims that Internet poker nearly destroyed his life and balks at the idea that Connecticut and other states might consider legalizing the activity.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Jan/05/2012

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Submitted by Carrie Stroup on, Jan/05/2012

How Internet Poker in the US Might Look in Next 12 Months: Think Powerball Model

With the US Department of Justice changing its stance on applying The Wire Act to Internet poker, individual states now have the green light to begin offering real money play to their citizens.

The vast majority of states do not have the population necessary to support a viable player pool, however. 

Case in point:  Nevada has already passed a law that would allow real money intrastate play but its under 4 million residents will only allow for a handful of profitable businesses, and that is being somewhat overly optimistic. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Jan/05/2012

Lesniak Working With Governor Christie to Bring Internet Gambling to New Jersey

New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak is wasting little time in getting a bill drafted that would legalize Internet gambling in the Garden State and he may have a very powerful ally. 

Lesniak advised that he met with Governor Chris Christie and the two seem to be in agreement:  Internet gambling in New Jersey could prove lucrative for the state’s stagnant economy.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Jan/05/2012

Politico: DOJ New Stance on Internet Gambling Splits Tribes

A new ruling by the Department of Justice stipulating that The Wire Act no longer applies to online poker has caused a split between the Indian tribes in the US.  The tribes have long resisted legalized Internet gambling. 


Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Jan/05/2012

Lock Poker POY to Kick Off With CardPlayer: Duhamel Ex Pleads Not Guilty, More

Big news as, not only is Lock Poker sponsoring’s Player Of The Year for 2012, they will also be presenting their own Lock Pro Player Of The Year.

“These are exciting times and we will be announcing a few new Pros signing very shortly,” said Jennifer Larson, CEO of the popular Lock Poker

The Card Player Player Of The Year was started in 1997 and is considered the industry standard. 

Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/04/2012

Would You Play at South Point Poker in US for Real Money?

The poker community in the US is excited about the prospects of South Point Poker eventually opening its doors to real money play, quite possibly in early 2012. 

South Point Poker, a proud sponsor of the website, is the first Las Vegas based casino to offer an online poker site, albeit for free play only at the present time (note:  this could change if you happen to be reading this article post-January 2012). 

Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/04/2012

Duhamel Wouldn’t Have Been Sitting Duck in USA

In a tongue-in-cheek essay earlier this month about New Year's resolutions we'd like to see from poker players, joked that 2010 WSOP Main Event champ Jonathan Duhamel, who was recently beaten and robbed in a home invasion, should resolve to buy a home security system and some guns.

In all reality, however, Duhamel, who lives in suburban Montreal, really can't buy a handgun to protect himself or his home, because under strict Canadian anti-gun laws, it's almost impossible for a private Canadian citizen to legally get a handgun!

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Jan/04/2012

UK Online Gambling Tax Could Backfire

The United Kingdom is proposing a point of consumption tax on online gambling of 10 percent that could force current operators offshore. 

In anticipation of this tax, William Hill conducted its own study and found the following, a la the Telegraph:

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Jan/04/2012

Suspects in Jonathan Dahamel Home Invasion to Appear in Court Today

Four individuals charged in a brazen home invasion outside of Montreal, Quebec will appear in court today.  They are alleged to have forced their way into the home of 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event winner Jonathan Duhamel just days before Christmas.  One of the suspects is a former girlfriend who accompanied the pro to this year’s WSOP in Las Vegas.  Duhamel was badly beaten during the attack. 

Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/04/2012

Action Poker Network Now Chico Poker Network: Players Still May Be Leery

Following an announcement that PlaySafe had sold its Action Poker Network to Seychelles-based Julian International Holdings Limited, players were hopeful they may start to see their payouts in a more expedient fashion. 

For the past several months, the Action Poker Network has taken weeks – if not months – to pay players despite not allowing US customers.  Poker players in the US have come to expect intermittent longer delays due to the lack of payment processing ventures available.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jan/04/2012

No Political Betting For Nadex… For Now

If last night was any indication, the political betting arena should be an exciting one.  Too bad the North American Derivatives Exchange (Nadex) won’t be able to take part, at least for the time being.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jan/04/2012

Three-Man Race in Iowa Caucus Overnight

It was Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul winning in the Iowa caucus overnight.  All three were essentially favorites to win coming into Tuesday.

As of 10:30 pm EST, Santorum was winning by a very slight margin.  Mitt Romney came in second.  Ron Paul came in two percentage points behind but was still very much in the race.  By 11 pm EST, Paul was determined to have finished in third place. 

On Tuesday, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum were engaging in a nasty little tift.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jan/03/2012

New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak Not Wasting Time With Online Gambling Move

Following his success at getting a referendum to pass legalizing sports betting in the state this past November, State Senator Raymond Lesniak was quick to jump on the Internet gambling bandwagon even before most of us were through nursing our New Year’s Eve hangovers.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Jan/03/2012

More Stars Defections: Online Poker Traffic Up 0.1 Percent

British star John Duthie decided against extending his contract with the world’s biggest online poker room, PokerStars.  He is the latest in a series of pros who have either decided not to stick around with Stars or have otherwise been cut.

PokerStars, while being named in an infamous April 15 indictment by the US Government, has managed to continue running without a hitch.  All US players were paid in a timely fashion after the company was forced to flee that market. 

Duthie was the European Poker Tour (EPT) 2004 winner.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/03/2012

Online Gambling Fight Now About Who, When….Not If

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The fight to fully legalize online gambling in the U.S. is now less about whether Americans will be able to play and more about who will bring the action to them — and when.

A recent U.S. Justice Department opinion opened the door for cash-strapped states and their lotteries to bring online gambling to their residents, as long as it does not involve sports betting.

Submitted by Guest on, Jan/03/2012

Iowa Caucus Odds of Winning Have Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney in Dead Heat

Rick Santorum has become the “new flavor of the week” at just the right time with the Iowa Republican Caucus taking place Tuesday evening.  The former Pennsylvania Senator is in a dead heat among the oddsmakers with Ron Paul and Mitt Romney to win it.  This promises to be one of the most exciting Caucuses to watch the results flow in.  Paddy Power, which does not accept bets from US citizens, had Santorum and Paul at 15/8 odds while Romney was listed at 5/4. 

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Jan/03/2012

Nothing New With Groupe Tappie Full Tilt Poker Talks With US Government spoke this week to the US-based attorney representing Groupe Tappie’s interest in Full Tilt Poker, stating that there was nothing new in regard to any attempts at reaching a settlement with the US Justice Department.  The DOJ seized millions of dollars from Full Tilt Poker on April 15, indicted two of the company’s executives and FTP has failed to pay US players since. 

Attorney Behnam Dayanim told

Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/02/2012

American Tribal Casino Industry: DOJ Stance No Big Deal

The US Department of Justice decision not to apply online poker to The Wire Act had the Indian Tribes greeting the news with a shrug of the shoulders, claims Gail Courey Toensing of the Indian Country News.   

Toensing referenced Indian gaming expert Joe Valandra.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jan/02/2012

Bookmaker Denise Coates Receives Queen’s New Year’s Honors for Good Deeds

Bookies can be good people too.  Denise Coates, founder of Bet365 in Great Britain, has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s New Year’s Honors for 2012.

Ms. Coates was honored for her community service work.

Her father, Peter, had this to say about Denise and what she has meant to the Bet365 firm, which is currently the biggest private sector employer in Stoke-on-Trent:

"We are all delighted and all proud of her.

"She has done an absolutely amazing job for bet365, building it up from scratch.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Jan/01/2012

Phil Ivey Ex Not Happy With Divorce Settlement

Despite receiving millions of dollars and a $1.2 million purse collection, Phil Ivey’s ex-wife Luciaetta Ivey does not believe the couple’s divorce settlement to be fair. 

A court document filed Tuesday with the Nevada Supreme Court, Luciaetta Ivey "has attempted only to secure information to confirm that she received a fair settlement."

"That Phil has refused to voluntarily provide the information that Luciaetta seeks only supports her belief that the settlement was not fair," her attorney, Bruce Shapiro, wrote.

Submitted by Ace King on, Dec/31/2011

Las Vegas Hotel Rates January 2012: South Point $51 Per Night

It’s a little nippy in Las Vegas this time of year, but the Las Vegas hotel rates for January 2012 are super hot.  Case in point, the four-star South Point Hotel has slashed its average night rate from $64 to $51 during the first two weeks of the month. 

Most of the four-star Strip hotels were running $59 and up.  The Hard Rock was at $60 per night while the MGM was $109 per night.

Submitted by Payton on, Dec/31/2011

Jonathan Duhamel Speaks About Home Invasion: “They Threatened My Parents Lives”

A terrified Jonathan Duhamel spoke to the media just one week after a harrowing home invasion left him badly beaten and robbed of his 2010 World Series of Poker bracelet.  The suspects, four in total, have been arrested.  One of those charged is a former girlfriend of Duhamel’s, Bianca Rojas-Latraverse, who we are learning actually accompanied Duhamel to the WSOP Main Event this past year.

"I've played hockey all my life, so I've had some fights -- but not one like this one," Duhamel, 24, said in an interview Friday.

Submitted by Ace King on, Dec/31/2011

888 Holdings Among Biggest Surging Stocks on London Exchange Thursday

888 Holdings ranked among the biggest moving shocks on Thursday in the wake of a US Justice Department decision whereby the Wire Act will no longer be applied to online poker.  The new stance opens the door for individual US states to begin legalizing Web card rooms.  888 Holdings currently operates the world’s 4th largest online poker site and has entered into a partnership agreement with Caesars Entertainment.  The state of Nevada has already approved intrastate Web poker. 

888 saw its shares rise 4.15 percent by 4 pm Thursday and was now listed at 40.88. 

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Dec/30/2011

ABC, CNN Talk Sweeping Changes for Internet Poker in 2012 With DOJ New Stance

The Department of Justice (DOJ) last week announced that it will no longer apply The Wire Act to online poker, thus placing the gambling sector into a frenzy during what would normally be a slow holiday season.  Essentially, the new stance allows individual states to begin allowing legalized regulated Internet poker for real money without the threat of federal intervention provided the activity takes place within that state’s borders.  Nevertheless, pooling of players from multiple states may become an option similar to what we see with Powerball. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Dec/30/2011

Jonathan Duhamel Suddenly Becomes Relevant: Opens Up About Home Invasion

Nothing against Jonathan Duhamel.  We know he’s a great poker player.  But up until last weekend he was one of many World Series of Poker Main Event champions who were – let’s just say – forgettable.

Duhamel was best known for becoming the first Canadian to win the Main Event. 

Submitted by Ace King on, Dec/30/2011

Kelly Clarkson Twitter Endorsement of Ron Paul

GOP candidate Ron Paul got an unusual endorsement from none other than American Idol Season One winner Kelly Clarkson.

She tweeted on Thursday: 

"I love Ron Paul. I liked him a lot during the last Republican nomination and no one gave him a chance. If he wins the nomination for the Republican party in 2012 he's got my vote. Too bad he probably won't."

Clarkson fans don’t appear to be Ron Paul fans.  She came under their wrath for her endorsement.

Submitted by Carrie Stroup on, Dec/29/2011

Michele Bachmann Calls Former Iowa Campaign Chairman “Sell Out” to Ron Paul

GOP Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann called her former Iowa campaign chairman, Kent Sorenson, a “sell out” after he jumped ship Wednesday and headed over to the Ron Paul campaign.  She accused Sorenson of essentially being paid off by the Paul camp.  Texas Congressman, Ron Paul, is leading in some Iowa caucus polls while Bachmann trails far behind. 

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Dec/29/2011

Caesars IPO in 2012 Includes Provision for Legalized Internet Poker in US

Caesars is preparing an IPO for the upcoming year 2012 and, in it, there is a provision for legalized Internet poker in the United States, which the casino giant obviously believes will be bountiful to its future business. 


Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Dec/29/2011

Gambling News: Bill Will Allow Pari-mutuels to Become Casinos in South Florida

Revisions to a bill that would bring destination casinos to South Florida would now allow for existing pari-mutuels like racetracks and jai-alai frontons to become full fledged casinos.

Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, sent fellow Florida legislators a draft of tweaks to her bill, based on feedback gleaned from two major workshops held on the issue in Tallahassee, she said.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Dec/29/2011

Breaking News

NJ June Gambling Revenue Down 65.6% Amid Virus Closure

NJ June Gambling Revenue Down 65.6% Amid Virus Closure

The final month of coronavirus-mandated closures for New Jersey’s casinos and racetracks was predictably bad.

Mouth to Kid Poker: 'We Might Have to Examine Your Mental Health'

It was an epic rant from Daniel Negreanu (AKA Kid Poker) after a disconnection on the website mid-hand.

Colorado Sports Betting Revenues Hit $946,741, Even With Few Sports

Colorado Sports Betting Revenues Hit $946,741, Even With Few Sports

May was a banner month for sports betting in Colorado.  It was the first full month of this offering after voters narrowly leaned in favor of the activity last November.