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Poker News | Gambling and the Law

Defendant Ira Rubin Arrested in Guatemala

One of the 11 people indicted on illegal gambling, fraud, and money laundering charges by the U.S. Department of Justice, Ira Rubin, was arrested on Monday, April 25th, 2011, in Guatemala. Bloomberg.com reports that Rubin is “charged with nine...

AGCC Statement Regarding Full Tilt Poker

With the recent development of poker's Black Friday, many in the world, especially in the United States, have been glued to the media to see what would develop with the Top Three online poker sites that were indicted by the U.S. Southern District of...

Antigua Fires at U.S. Online Poker Shutdown

It's not the first time the tiny island nation of Antigua has gone to war with the United States and their controversial laws on what constitutes legal gambling, and it appears Antigua is ready to step back up to the plate to possibly seek more...

Absolute Poker’s Recent Statement on DOJ Action

During the first few days after the shock of the allegations levied in indictments against the 'Big Three' - PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker - players were trying to regroup and searched frantically for any information available on...

PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker Regain Domain Names

While online poker players in the US are still reeling from the shock of losing their jobs and income, and the freedom to play poker online from the privacy of their homes, there is a glimmer of light in knowing that Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars...

Internet Gambling Regulation Bill Passes House Committee

The path of a bill moving through Congress is typically a tough, long one, and that of the Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection and Enforcement Act has been no different. The journey began with Rep. Barney Frank’s introduction of the...

Annie Duke Highlights Online Gaming Committee Hearing

The hearing was held on Wednesday, July 21, to discuss Rep. Barney Frank’s Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection and Enforcement Act, otherwise known as H.R. 2267. And the results of the hearing, which was held in Chairman Frank’s...

Intrastate Online Gaming Bill Introduced in California Legislature

The movement to bring intrastate online gambling to California recently took a giant leap forward, courtesy of State Senator Roderick Wright. With his introduction of a marked-up SB 1485 to the California legislature with the intention of moving it...

Committee Hearing Held for McDermott Gaming Regulation Bill

When Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) introduced a new piece of online poker legislation in late March 2010, many people in the industry didn’t give it much attention because it was one in a number of bills that had been written but not pursued. However...

California Senator Wright Drafting Intrastate Online Poker Bill

The plan to introduce intrastate online poker to the California legislature has been in motion since 2008. It wasn’t until February of 2010 that a State Senate hearing was held on the issue, but nothing materialized from it. However, it seems that...

Poker Looks to Expand in Florida Due to New Gaming Laws

The state of Florida has been struggling with gaming laws for many years, but 2010 marked a new day for its casinos and an expansion of poker therein. As the state still may consider the legalization of intrastate online poker, per a bill...

Guilty Plea for Rennick in Payment Processor Case

Douglas Rennick and his payment processing company, Account Services have been at the center of an indictment by the U.S. Department of Justice since August of 2009 when charges were filed, but in February of 2010, Rennick made it known that he...

PPA to Hold Rally May 27 at Washington State Supreme Court

Poker is not a crime. That is the theme of a rally being organized by the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) on May 27 in front of the Washington Supreme Courthouse. Lee Rousso, former Democratic nominee for Governor and current Washington State director...

PPA Requests Skill Games be Removed from UIGEA

It was looking grim. The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) regulations pertaining to bank enforcement was set to go into effect on June 1, 2010, and none of the pending bills to legalize and regulate online poker were making much...

First UIGEA Arrest in Boston for Sports Betting Operation

When the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 was passed, no one could have predicted how or when the law would be used, especially since financial institutions have not been mandated to enforce UIGEA provisions, which is not...

Sen. Harry Reid Possibly Considering Online Poker Bill

One of the biggest opponents in Congress to legalized and regulated online gaming legislation has been Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, but recent speculation indicates that he may have changed his tone on the subject. According to a London-based...

Online Gaming Regulation Could Add 32K Jobs and Billions in Revenue Dollars

There have been numerous studies to demonstrate the amount of revenue that could be generated for the federal government through the legalization and regulation of online gaming. The latest study, conducted by H2 Gambling Capital, shows the most...

Australian Online Payment Processor Arrested in Las Vegas for Laundering

It was only in mid-2009 that Canadian Douglas Rennick, owner of payment processing company Account Services, was targeted by the United States Department of Justice for processing funds transfers to and from online gaming websites. Now, it seems...

Massachusetts Removes Anti-Online Gaming Provisions from Bill

A move by the Massachusetts legislature earlier in April to legalize table games in land-based casinos came with a provision that online gaming be criminalized for all residents of the state. Though it seemed like a long-shot to remove that wording...

Live Poker Wins, Online Poker Loses in Massachusetts

Residents of Massachusetts have been at odds over the subject of poker for years. Many in the state want live poker in local casinos, and others seek favorable online poker laws. In the latter category, a group of activists started a petition in...

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