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Poker News | Gambling and the Law

Poker and Table Games Legalized by Pennsylvania Legislature

At the insistence of Governor Ed Rendell and the popular demand of the people of the state, Pennsylvania’s legislature has passed a law legalizing poker and other table games at casinos. The revenue is sorely needed by the state, as is the...

State Attorney General to Appeal S.C. Poker Skill Game Case

The case had its rough spots but found favorable rulings as it progressed through the South Carolina court system, but when the Circuit Court ruled that Texas hold’em poker was a game of skill and would withstand any legal tests to that effect, it...

Poker and Politics in 2010: Possibilities for the Year Ahead

The poker industry has become more embroiled in U.S. politics than most people ever anticipated, but the sharp increase in the game’s popularity over the past decade made it inevitable. Each year, more cases seem to come to the fore on the local and...

Citizen Defendants Not Named by Kentucky in Pending Gaming Case

The case that began in 2008, courtesy of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, continues in limbo until the Supreme Court makes its ruling in a matter of weeks. And as both sides await a decision on the status of online domain names that the Commonwealth...

Pennsylvania Gambles With Poker and Table Games in Legislature

Pennsylvania and poker have not had an illustrious history. Most recently, in August of 2009, a court case resulted in a 65-year old man being found guilty of hosting poker tournaments in 2007, and the judge refuted the argument that poker was a...

Kentucky Looks to Add US Citizens to Illegal Gambling Complaint

The case was thought to be awaiting one final ruling, that of the Kentucky Supreme Court. The Commonwealth of Kentucky already spent well over a year trying to seize domain names of 141 gambling websites deemed to relate to online gambling and...

California to Revisit Intrastate Online Gaming in February

A subject that seemed to be indefinitely on hold is scheduled to be revisited by the California state legislature in February of 2010. The idea of intrastate online poker was first introduced in early 2008 and experienced a roller coaster ride in...

Frank Holds Hearing for Two Online Gaming Bills

After months of Rep. Barney Frank’s two online gaming related bills put on the back burner in lieu of America’s financial crisis and pending health care reform, a hearing was finally scheduled to bring the pieces of legislation up for serious...

UIGEA Compliance Delayed Six Months by Bernanke and Geithner

The deadline was coming so close that the poker industry, normally a cool and collected bunch, was getting nervous. The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) of 2006 was on the verge of its December 1st compliance date that would...

FirePay Settles With US Dept of Justice for 19.2 Million

The Department of Justice seems to have no complaint about the current status of U.S. online gaming law, as it has been accumulating quite the bankroll from companies targeted on the shaky ground upon which their efforts are based. The latest score...

Congressional Report Confirms Billions Await US in Online Gaming Revenue

One of the arguments for legalizing online poker in the United States has long been that it would generate much-needed revenue for the U.S. government through a regulation and licensing structure. Studies have shown that tens of billions of dollars...

KY Supreme Court Hears Online Poker Case

On October 22, a case involving the domain names of 141 internet gaming sites went before the highest court in Kentucky. Eyes and ears were focused on the Commonwealth of Kentucky v. IMEGA et al as it came before the Kentucky Supreme Court on an...

Official Request Sent to Postpone UIGEA Regulations Until December 2010

As the summer turns to autumn and thoughts of passing pro-online poker legislation in the halls of the United States Congress in 2009 begin to fade, there is one thing that Representatives can - and must - do before December 1, 2009. In order to...

South Carolina Court Finds Players Guilty but Poker a Game of Skill

Sensible regulation of the online poker industry in the United States seems that it may still be a long time in the making, despite the common sense aspects of it that ring true with most poker players. But favorable state laws and pertinent rulings...

Kentucky Domain Case Goes to State Supreme Court

The case started with a shocking announcement that left the poker community a bit overwhelmed, but it will end with the highest court in the state of Kentucky hearing the Commonwealth’s own appeal in the case. And the Internet Media Entertainment &...

U.S. Appeals Court Rejects iMEGA Claims and Upholds UIGEA

The Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Association (iMEGA) first brought its case in September of 2007, and the intent was to overturn the UIGEA on the basis of its infringement upon privacy rights and several other complaints. But after...

Seized Online Poker Funds May Not Be Returned for Years

The case that began in June of 2009 looks as if it may go unresolved for years. When more than $30 million in online poker funds were seized in June 2009 by the Southern District Court of New York on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice, there...

More Online Sites Join Lobbying Efforts in D.C.

The poker community has become well aware of the importance of politics in the game, as the passage of the UIGEA in 2006 showed the powerful effect that a law can have on nearly every aspect of the poker world. Since then, several members of...

Pennsylvania Court Rules Poker a Game of Chance

Another state took poker to court, and this time it won in the first round of action. The Pennsylvania case ended in a guilty verdict for 65-year old Larry Burns of Derry County in a decision that rejected the game of skill argument for poker and...

DoJ Indictment Warrant Names PokerStars and Full Tilt

The water gets murkier the deeper the case sinks. When it started in June of 2009, it seemed as if the Department of Justice, working through the Southern District of New York, intended to go after the online poker sites like Full Tilt and...

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