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9200% up to $1,000 Intertops Poker
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August 2018 | Players online

Who’s really behind the recent spate of DDOS attacks on poker sites?

Distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks on any site are no laughing matter. They can cause extreme losses of income, hardware failures and tie up resources for days. Unfortunately, they are also a part of what the digital world has to deal with, as every space has to contend with its own problem children. The

  • August 17, 2018
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Joey Ingram makes music video over prop bet

Poker pro Joey Ingram and Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) pro Jonathan Bales decided to make a little wager. Bales challenged Ingram to create a YouTube music video that could reach 100,000 views by September 6. If it does, Ingram picks up $10,000 from the DFS star; if not, Ingram will have to fork over only

  • August 16, 2018
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Grand Traverse Bay poker run set for Saturday

Boaters are set to turn out in large numbers this Saturday for the Traverse City Invitational Poker Run. The fundraising event will provide money for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan and is expected to raise more than $30,000. More than 50 boats are preparing to participate in the event. The 110-mile poker

  • August 14, 2018
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Players Dispute PokerStars Sunday Million Payouts

PokerStars announced its entrance into the Pennsylvania online gambling market today through a partnership with Mount Airy Casino, but that news was overshadowed by the site’s failed Sunday Million tournament. Players in multiple markets are disputing their payouts after the site canceled several tournaments. Players began flooding the TwoPlusTwo poker forums around noon on Sunday,

  • August 13, 2018
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Jeff Conine and Seminole Hard Rock Host $30,000 Celebrity Poker Classic

The Seminole Hard Rock and Ex Miami Marlins player Jeff Conine hosted their annual Celebrity Poker Classic last night. Completing its seventh consecutive run, the event awarded attendees over $30,000 in cash and prizes all while improving the lives of children with medical issues and their families. Consistently one of the largest charity poker events

  • August 10, 2018
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New Melones Lake poker run set for this Saturday

This Saturday, the New Melones Lake Charity poker boat run will kick off at 8:00 AM. The Angels Camp, CA event will provide funds for a number of worthy causes, including the Mark Twain Badger boosters, Sonora High School’s leadership, New Melones Waterski Club, the Bret Harte FFA boosters and the Calaveras Tuolumne Cattlewomen. Hands

  • August 9, 2018
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Nic Manion goes on shopping spree after WSOP Main Event win

You’re used to earning around $30,000 a year – certainly a shoestring budget in today’s economy. Out of nowhere, you finish fourth in a major poker tournament, earning over $2.8 million. What do you do with the new-found cash? If you’re Nic Manion you head to the nearest car dealership and buy a little muscle.

  • August 8, 2018
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Tom Dwan thinks NLHE needs some changes

Tom Dwan is coming off a successful fifth-place finish at the Tritan Poker Super High Roller HK$500,000 NLHE Short-Deck tournament. It’s one of the few tournaments in which he has participated lately, and he said afterward that he has stepped back participation for a couple of reasons. He feels that short-deck poker is a better

  • August 7, 2018
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Mid-States Poker Tour Regional Minnesota Begins August 8

After its last successful stop at the Meskwaki Bingo Casino for the Iowa State Poker Championship, the Mid-States Poker Tour is headed to the Canterbury Park Racetrack and Card Club in Shakopee for the MSPT Regional Minnesota. The tournament series at the Shakopee Card Club actually began more than a month ago with the first

  • August 6, 2018
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CPPT Lone Star poker series heats up

The CPPT Lone Start State Poker Championship at Post Oak Poker Club in Houston, TX is getting into full swing. After Lisa Fleishman took down the lead-in $330 NLHE event for $6,800, two more winners have now been crowned. The highlight of the series, the $500 buy-in Main Event, kicks off today and will run

  • August 3, 2018
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The HPT Ameristar poker tourney finds a winner

Jeff Fielder has been running strong at the poker tables for the past couple of years. He has already secured two WSOP Circuit rings, as well as two WPTDeepStacks victories that helped him build a bankroll sitting at around $1.6 million. He has now added another title to his name, that of the winner of

  • August 1, 2018
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Seth Brown wins CPPT Ocean’s 11 Classic

He has only registered five other cashes for about $22,000 in six years according to the Hendon Mob. However, Seth Brown found his biggest pot at the CPPT Ocean’s 11 San Diego Classic, taking down the tournament and pocketing $46,870. Brown outlasted several well-known poker pros, inlcuding Veronica Daly, Mike Eskandari and Barry Seidman to

  • July 31, 2018
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Online poker in the United States

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

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.