Texas congressman contemplating new federal move to legalise online poker?

June 28, 2018

Texas congressman Joe Barton is a name well known in the industry for his determined efforts to legalise online poker at federal level, and his name has surfaced again this week in a report in the publication Roll Call dealing with horseracing. Apparently Congress is mulling a bill in the Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection […]

New York assembly gaming chair reportedly pushing for legalised online poker

May 20, 2018

Renewing hopes for legalised online poker in the populous state of New York this week, the chairman of the state Assembly Committee on Racing and Wagering, Gary Pretlow, said that there is still a chance to get Assembly bill A 5250 passed before the current legislative session ends. Pro-legalisation lawmakers have been trying to get […]

New York online poker proposal gains more support

April 20, 2018

Gary Pretlow, chair of the New York House of Assembly Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee, commented this week on the sudden surge of political interest that has seen support for online poker legalisation bill A5250 jump from 13 to 44. Pretlow remained cautious, acknowledging the additional support, observing that it could grow to 60, but […]

New York lawmaker keen to push online poker bill again

January 27, 2018

With online poker legalisation bill S3898 making good progress through the committee stages in the New York Senate (see previous reports), attention turned this week to companion bill A5250 in the state House of Assembly. InfoPowa readers may recall that for the past two years both initiatives have been fruitless; the Senate has approved bills […]

2018 iteration of online poker legalisation bill moves in New York

January 24, 2018

For the third year running an online poker legalisation bill has passed the first hurdle – the Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee, which advanced the measure to the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday on a 10 vs. 1 vote. In previous years, and particularly last year, similar legislation made it all the way through the […]

Legalised online poker in New York this year?

January 6, 2018

Online poker observers report from New York that lawmakers are already gearing up to take another run at legalising online poker after two prior years of failure. InfoPowa readers will recall that last year bills sponsored by Rep. Gary Pretlow and Sen. John Bonacic came close but did not ultimately succeed; in the Senate Bonacic’s […]

Poker Players Alliance reacts to latest political attack on online gambling

December 4, 2017

The Poker Players Alliance has reacted to the latest attempt by Sens. Lindsey Graham and Diane Feinstein to discredit the Office of Legal Counsel’s 2011 opinion that the Wire Act of 1961 applies only to sports betting (see previous report). In a public statement the Alliance’s executive director John Pappas commented: “If they were handing […]

U.S. Department of Justice clears second round of Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet pay-outs

October 27, 2017

UltimateBet and Absolute Poker players left unpaid following the Black Friday debacle six years ago (see previous reports) may finally see their money following a US Department of Justice advisory earlier this week that a second round of payments totalling $3.7 million is to be made to 4,600 players through claims administrator Garden City. The […]

Online poker legalisation dead this year in California

September 26, 2017

For the tenth year running it appears that the legalisation of online poker in California remains a dream unlikely to be realised. The state Legislature ended its 2017 season on September 15 with no progress or apparent interest on Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer’s bill AB 1677, introduced in February this year and still languishing in the […]

New york online poker back to the drawing board

June 22, 2017

Predictably, no further action was taken by the State of New York’s Assembly on Senator John Bonacic’s online poker proposal S3898 during the dying days of the current session. The proposal which passed the New York Senate earlier this month was referred to the Assembly’s Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committeeduring the last week of the […]