New Jersey's Senator Raymond Lesniak is waiting with open arms to embrace the lawsuit filed against the State of New Jersey by the NCAA and pro sports for legalizing sports betting. Lesniak wants to get it out of the way and feels 'they took the bait' when they filed the suit. The Kahnawake Gaming Commission has jumped back into the spotlight of gaming commissions that need another 'trip through the dip' to get out all of the infestations (in our humble opinion). "Mad" Marvin Rettenmaier croons with a WPT Royal Flush Girl as his fingers do the light fantastic down the neck of the guitar...and he's final tabled his second back-to-back WPT event. There's more...keep reading.
Lesniak on Sports Betting Lawsuit: 'Bring It On'
A bill to legalize sports betting was co-sponsored by New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak in 2010. Lesniak's vision was to have New Jersey become the East Coast center of online poker which would include other states and possibly other nations looking to New Jersey's gambling experience and New Jersey would serve as a regulating body.
Internet gambling is on track in New Jersey and a recent lawsuit filed by the NCAA and four major sports leagues against New Jersey have Lesniak right where he wants them. He's applauding the lawsuit.
"They took the bait," Lesniak said. "This is what we were expecting and hoping for. The sooner we get into court, the sooner New Jersey residents are going to be able to enjoy sports betting at our casinos and racetracks."
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South Point Casino Sliding into Home
South Point has received preliminary approval to offer real money poker online - as an operator, manufacturer, and service provider - as a result of a hearing with the Nevada Gaming Control Board today.
Final license approval will be decided by the Nevada Gaming Commission on August 23rd but it appears that South Point's aim of becoming the first legalized intrastate online Nevada poker room is going as planned.
Read about it PokerNews.com.
"Mad" Marvin Rettenmaier Strums, WPT Royal Flush Girl Sings
"Mad" Marvin kicks it into gear and puts more than just strumming into it as he sings Emeli Sande's "Next to Me" with WPT Royal Flush Girl Sonia Yasmin Ali. We wanted to treat you to a little music and fun - performed by people in poker. Enjoy!
On the Cinderella side of poker life, Marvin is in the final six at the WPT Cyprus. The question now is; he's made two WPT back-to-back final table appearances on the tour, can he win this? Obvious answer, if he can stack the deck and make everyone's hand only play to 4th street, yes. That's a Joke, OK?
Of course he can win it! Go Marvin!
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The Kahnawake Gaming Commission is Back in the News!
An Advisory Notice was released by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission (KGC). The notice addressed the declaration of support filed by the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, (SDNY).
In a nutshell, the SDNY, according to the Stipulation and Order of Settlement with respect to Absolute Poker, requires the group to forfeit all rights and properties to the United States without admitting "culpability, liability, or guilt on behalf of the Absolute Poker Group.”
This would allow the civil money laundering claims against Absolute and its companies to be dismissed with prejudice - except the civil money laundering claims against Blue Water Services Ltd., Trust Services Ltd., SGS Systems Inc. and Fiducia Exchange Ltd.
Does your head ache yet? Ours does. We can't even find the nutshell.
How does this tie into the KGC? Remember them? They licensed Ultimate Bet and Absolute Poker through Blanca Games, Inc., after the UB Scandal.
The Advisory Note:
(MOHAWK TERRITORY OF KAHNAWAKE- August 7, 2012) - The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York (Manhattan) recently announced that he has reached a settlement of the civil proceedings that were initiated by the government on April 15, 2011 against Blanca Games, Inc. (“Blanca”) and related companies. He now seeks court approval of the settlement.
The proposed settlement requires all of Blanca’s assets to be forfeited to the United States. The US Marshalls’ office will be mandated to liquidate Blanca’s assets. However, there will be no distribution of the net proceeds from the liquidation pending the resolution of claims filed by other parties who have asserted an ownership interest in Blanca’s assets.
If the court approves the settlement, and if there are Blanca assets remaining after the resolution of the claims by other parties, it is anticipated that the court will provide a process for players to make claims against those assets. At present the Commission has no information as to how players should make such a claim. However, the general victim information number provided by the US Attorney in Manhattan is 1-866-874-8900.
Blanca operated the Absolute Poker and UB.com online gaming sites and was previously licensed by the Commission. Their Client Provider Authorization expired on June 2, 2012 and was not renewed. The Commission no longer regulates Blanca.
Read more about it at PokerNews.com.
The curious afterthought: We are jaded, our hearts are black and cold, we are suspicious - it's the nature of a poker player trying to figure out if a bluff is afoot, color us paranoid but we keep wondering who appointed the Kahnawake Gaming Commission and the Alderney Gambling Commission to the position of awarding licenses?
Let's just set up an Interplanetary Gaming Commission and make our own rules. If it doesn't go as planned, we'll have the easy out by saying we no longer regulate them or we dropped them because they didn't renew their license, not because they mishandled player's funds and still do not make it mandatory that online poker sites licensed through them have enough on hand to cover all player's accounts. We're safe!
We'll charge exorbitant licensing fees too and everyone will pay because we control the licenses for the universe.