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Poker News | Gambling and the Law

Breaking NewsChad Elie Pleads Guilty

Chad Elie has pleaded guilty to aiding offshore online poker companies accept and make payments from United States customers. Elie is one of 11 people that were charged last year when the government cracked down on internet poker. Included in the...

Laws in the makingUtah Opts Out - Gov Signs Anti-Online Gambling Bill

Governor Gary Herbert signed an anti-online gambling bill into law which makes Utah become the first state to preemptively opt out of any possible federal internet poker regulation earlier this week. The bill was passed by the state legislature at...

Black FridayAnother Extension for Full Tilt, PokerStars, and Absolute

Another extension has been granted by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York for the respondents of the amended civil complaint. The case the extension refers to is the United States of America vs. PokerStars, et al, which was filed...

Pokerworks LegalDaniel Tzvetkoff to Testify in Elie and Campos Trial

Black Friday is the wonderment of wonderments that continually jumps up to rip a new hole in the delicate fabric of online poker. And so it is, the next hole ripping episode begins in New York on April 9th when Daniel Tzvetkoff will appear as a...

Ongoing coverageAmended Complaint Response Extensions Received by FTP, PokerStars, and Absolute

Full Tilt Poker, Absolute Poker, and PokerStars “shall have until March 19, 2012, to answer or otherwise respond to the Amended Complaint.” Three separate Stipulation and Orders were filed on February 8th, 2012, notifying of the...

Pokerworks LegalDOJ Stranglehold Still on Elie and Campos

Chad Elie, John Campos, and the Department of Justice (DoJ) were ordered to submit briefings to the Court on January 26th, 2012. The briefings were "addressing the implications, if any, of the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel’s...

Laws in the makingOnline Gambling Legislation Repealed in District of Columbia

Internet gambling legislation that was passed in 2010 in the District of Columbia ended its short run by a vote of 10-2 on Tuesday according to a report from the Washington Post. The Finance and Revenue Committee voted to send the repeal to a full...

Legal NewsDoJ Opinion: Wire Act Applies Only to Sports Betting - UPDATED!

Finally!!!! A legal opinion by the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) concludes: “interstate transmissions of wire communications that do not relate to a ‘sporting event of contest’ fall outside the reach of the Wire Act.” This...

Ongoing coverageThe First US Government vs Online Poker Trial to Take Place in March

What was the biggest government operation against the online poker operators is now moving towards the first actual trial between the two sides. Although the issue of whether internet poker is in fact an illegal gambling business has been a big...

Ongoing coverageDepartment of Justice Responds to Elie's And Campos' Dispute

The United States Department of Justice (DoJ) responded to Chad Elie's and John Campos' pretrial motions by filing a 52-page response denying all of the defendant's arguments. The two Black Friday indictees – Elie, who was a payment processor for...

Two Online Poker Hearings Take Place This Week

It's a big week for poker in the United States as there are two poker-related hearings taking place which could have an impact on legalizing online poker. On Tuesday, November 15th, the Poker Player's Alliance's (PPA) vice president of player...

Is Legalized Online Poker Drawing Near?

This is great news for poker players in the USA! HR 2366, the Online Poker Act of 2011 was introduced on Friday, June 24th to the U.S. House of Representatives by the bill’s sponsor, Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX). The bill will begin in the House...

Barton’s Online Poker Bill is a Ray of Hope for Players

In the aftermath of Black Friday , millions of poker players in the USA are anxiously awaiting some good news that will give them hope that someday they can get back to the online poker tables. That ray of hope may just be in the form of...

High-Roller Jeremy D. Johnson Arrested

While not directly linked to the indictments handed down by the DOJ in April, a High Roller from Utah has been arrested and charged with mail fraud. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Salt Lake City announced on Sunday, June 12th that IRS agents had...

Ten Domain Names Including DoylesRoom Seized

More indictments were handed down yesterday to gambling websites.  The U.S. Attorney of Maryland seized 10 domains and 11 bank accounts and three people were indicted and charged with conducting money laundering and an illegal gambling...

DOJ and Absolute Poker Agree

Perhaps not on everything, but they have reached an agreement where the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York ("SDNY") has agreed to provide all the necessary assurances that Absolute poker and third parties may work...

Blanca Games Latest Statement on Costa Rican Authorities Actions

Blanca Games Inc. (“Blanca”), operator of online poker rooms Absolute Poker and UB, issued the following statement today: Blanca can confirm that Costa Rican officials visited the office of Innovative Data Solutions (“IDS”), the former customer...

National Poker Lobbying Day on May 24th

The Poker Players Alliance is hosting a Member Fly in to Washington, D.C., on May 23rd and 24th to let Congress know that it is imperative that legislation passes this year to establish U.S. regulated online poker. The Goal – License and Regulate...

Blanca Games Issues a Statement on Restructuring Absolute and UB Poker

Absolute Poker and UB Poker will be focusing on non-U.S. business according to the operator of the online poker rooms, Blanca Games Inc. ("Blanca"), in a press release issued today, May 5th, 2011: As previously stated, Absolute Poker and UB ceased...

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Doesn't Know Who Phil Ivey Is

The recent crackdown by federal prosecutors on the Big Three - PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, Absolute Poker - has been called "appropriate," by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. “We have to enforce the law as it exists and there are laws on the...

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The IRS Scores Big at 2015 WSOP ME Final Table

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