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Feb 2018 | Players online

Florida Seminole Tribe Promotes New Gambling Deal With 30s Commercial

The Seminole Tribe of Florida is ready to make a gambling deal with the state, but state lawmakers have more important matters to address. The tribe created a 30-second commercial that promotes all the benefits a renewed compact has for Florida residents with the tagline, “let’s keep it going.” The ad reminds voters of the

  • February 23, 2018
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Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Invalidates Sands’ $9.9M Mini-Casino Bid

Sands will have to double down on due diligence next time if they want to win the bid for a mini-casino in Pennsylvania. Sands Bethworks Gaming, operators of Sands Bethlehem Casino, placed the winning bid of $9.9 million, but the proposal was invalidated on Wednesday by the Gaming Control Board. Pennsylvania is auctioning off ten

  • February 22, 2018
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Cincinnati Poker Open Kicks Off with $1M Opener at JACK Casino

The 2018 Cincinnati Poker Open kicks off March 1 with a $350 buy-in, $250,000 guaranteed Kickoff event at JACK Casino. The series runs through March 11 and includes eight separate events and multiple satellite events. JACK is backing more than $1 million in guaranteed prize pools for the series. After the $25K guaranteed opener comes

  • February 21, 2018
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Online poker players now have a chance at WSOP gold ring

Since 2015, online poker players have been able to compete in the WSOP for a bracelet. This year, there’s a new option, with players being to win a WSOP Circuit gold ring in an online tournament. The addition is the WSOP’s continued integration of online poker into its umbrella. There have typically been 12 ring

  • February 20, 2018
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Grizzly Games shatters guarantee

After a month of tough action at the felt, the Grizzly Games came to a close last week. It was the second year for the popular poker series of tournaments lead by Global Poker, and this year saw an even greater turnout than last year. Offering an initial guaranteed prize pool of SC$1.5 million, the

  • February 19, 2018
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Massachusetts DFS Regulation Could Usher in Online Gambling

Temporary regulations that allowed daily fantasy sports gaming in Massachusetts are set to expire this summer. State lawmakers are preparing to introduce a permanent solution that could usher in an online lottery and other forms of online gambling. Senator Eileen Donoghue called DFS a “home-grown industry” in her proposal that would require Boston-based DraftKings and

  • February 16, 2018
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Patrik Antonius might join up with partypoker

Patrik Antonius hasn’t been seen in poker circles as often as before, only occasionally participating in a Super High roller event or in a tournament close to his home in Monaco. This reclusive position looks like it’s set to change, though, as he’s spent more time on Instagram and Twitter, posting about his tournament schedule,

  • February 15, 2018
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Mike Leah wins WPT Fallsview Classic

Perhaps it’s because of a home-field advantage, but Mike Leah has won a title at the Fallsview Classic three times in the last four years. All three wins came at the CAD$1,100 (US$870) preliminary event. This year, he upped the ante by participating in the WPT Fallsview Poker Classic CAD$5,000 (USD$3,955) NLHE Main Event, taking

  • February 14, 2018
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Online Poker Player Keven ‘Stamdogg’ Stammen Wins Milwaukee WSOPC Event

Keven “Stamdogg” Stammen, a successful online and tournament poker player from Coldwater, Ohio, won the World Series of Poker Circuit Milwaukee Main Event for $190,256. The win boosted Stammen’s total live earnings over $5.5 million. Stammen is the second successful online poker player to win a WSOP Circuit Main Event so far this year. Last

  • February 13, 2018
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Poker dealer and player arrested in attempted scam at casino

Casinos are usually pretty good at protecting themselves against cheaters and con artists. They have decades of practice and know how to spot the signs of nefarious activity. A Louisiana casino recently found itself doing a double take after a poker game ended with strange results, and almost lost tens of thousands of dollars. Before

  • February 12, 2018
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PokerStars removes Chile from Latin America Poker Tour circuit

The PokerStars Latin America Poker Tour (LAPT) has been a popular series, but a recent decision is causing consternation and anger among players. In a not-so-welcome decision, PokerStars has taken a stop in Chile out of the lineup. The result has been a severe backlash among players, especially for those that had already purchased airfare

  • February 9, 2018
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Bear Bitcoin market could impact WSOP attendance

It may seem like there’s not much of a connection between poker and cryptocurrency. As they say, though, there’s more than meets the eye. The recent upheaval in the world of Bitcoin and Ethereum could result in more than a few millionaire poker players skipping major tournaments due to a lack of money. Many poker

  • February 8, 2018
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Online poker in the United States

Click your state to find everything you needed to know about the online poker laws of 2017.

usop-puntoPoker players residing in these states are not accepted at offshore poker sites. Not Shown: American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands.

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

One of the most asked questions we receive is: Can you play online poker in the US? In a word: Yes.

No American citizen pre-UIGEA or since its passage has been charged with a crime for gambling online. Similar to laws on bookmaking, the bookie who takes the bets from players is liable to prosecution, not the individual bettor who decides to bet on a sporting event.

The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act
After several attempts to criminalize internet gambling operators through legislation, Congress attached a provision onto a SAFE Port Act which regulated port security. The legislation was called the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA) and was signed into law by President George W. Bush on October 13th, 2006.

The UIGEA does not criminalize online poker players or the act of gambling online, but instead goes after gambling site operators and payment processors that process online gambling transactions.

The passage of the UIGEA quickly eliminated some of the larger online poker rooms from the US market. Many companies, such as Party Gaming, are publicly traded. Since their shareholders could be charged criminally for crimes committed by the company, they immediately withdrew from the US market. The law changed the online poker landscape and gave more power to rooms that stayed in the US market.

With that said, poker sites today have to be more careful than ever with their payment processing and financial transactions as many are facing legal threats from the US government. We’d like to point out that you should take this as legal advice and if you are interested in learning more about if online poker is legal in your state, please consult a lawyer.

Several legislators believe online poker in the United States is illegal and many other players think it is entirely legal. The 100% truth is in fact online poker is a grey area and has more to do with what state you are currently living in than anything else.

This is why several US online poker rooms don’t provide access to players living in some states over others.

Another common question is: Where can I play poker in the US? We could easily just provide a link to some poker rooms and leave it up to you to decide where you want to play. But we actually try to take it one more step and provide recommendations on where you should play poker in the US.

In effect, we’ve attempted to become both a resource and a guide on the US poker industry. Fully aware that many other US poker portals exist, we appreciate every visitor we receive and we feel we owe you the respect to always provide the most up today information.

Online poker allows players the ability to play poker 24 hours a day from the safety of their own home by simply logging on their computer. Players can wake up and play in their underwear. They will not have to waste gas money or put their name on a waiting list and wait even longer at the casino for their favorite game.

The online game differs from live poker in many ways and offers players clear advantages from their local brick n’ mortar casinos. Below, we have listed several reasons to begin playing online vs playing at a live casino.

In brick n’ mortar casinos, players are limited to one poker table and a measly 20-35 hands an hour–online poker dwarfs that amount two-fold. Online players can multi-table large amounts of tables, increasing their win rate and rewards.

Also, when playing in a brick n’ mortar casino, players will contribute a much larger amount of rake than they would when playing online. Most land based casinos will take up to $5 out of the pot and may take extra money out for promotions, such as a bad beat jackpot. These numbers can be even higher depending on the casino.

Online casino rake is much smaller. The vast majority of online sites will not rake pots more than $3 and offer promotions such as a bonuses and rakeback, which will offset the cost of an already low rake amount.

Also, it is vital to note that players will have to tip dealers if they play live. This is an added expense which can total thousands of dollars a year, depending on how much time players spend playing. Online poker offers no such expense, due to the automated software and lack of a need for dealers.

Online poker rooms offer players much more in game variety than their brick n’ mortar counterparts. Even in the largest live poker rooms around the world do not offer as many games as even the most basic of online rooms.

Heads-up and 6-max games are not readily available in most live rooms. The same goes for tournaments. Online rooms offer round the clock sit n’ go tournaments and large field tournaments with hundreds of thousands of dollars on the line. Live casinos have these events as well, but for the vast majority of poker players they are inaccessible.

Especially in recent years, online poker in the United States has been in the news for the wrong reasons. Facing a number of legal actions by the US Department of Justice, the industry seems to have a bit of a black mark in the minds of some players. In this article, we will examine the existing laws affecting online poker and its legality in the United States.

The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act

After several attempts to criminalize internet gambling operators through legislation, Congress attached a provision onto a SAFE Port Act which regulated port security. The legislation was called the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA) and was signed into law by President George W. Bush on October 13th, 2006.

The UIGEA does not criminalize online poker players or the act of gambling online, but instead goes after gambling site operators and payment processors that process online gambling transactions.

The passage of the UIGEA quickly eliminated some of the larger online poker rooms from the US market. Many companies, such as Party Gaming, are publicly traded. Since their shareholders could be charged criminally for crimes committed by the company, they immediately withdrew from the US market. The law changed the online poker landscape and gave more power to rooms that stayed in the US market.

Black Friday

On April 15th, 2011, the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York unsealed an indictment implicating PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet, along with several payment processors. They seized domain names, froze bank accounts and charged 11 defendants with violation of the UIGEA. Full Tilt and PokerStars were given their .com domain names back after they agreed to leave the US market. Still, even after all these indictments came down, many online poker sites still continued to service US players.