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Week in Review: January 15 - 21

This Weekend’s Big Tournament Is The Lucky Hearts Poker Open Main Event

The Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood is currently knee-deep in the Lucky Hearts Poker Open. The tournament began on January 12 with the record-breaking WPT DeepStacks event. This weekend’s biggest poker tournament is the LHPO Main Event, which features a $1 million guarantee. The tournament has a $1,100 buy-in with three starting flights, the first of

  • January 17, 2017
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Betty White: Hollywood’s Longest-Living Actress Plans To Play Poker For Her Birthday

Betty White, the Golden Girl, social media meme and Hollywood’s longest-living actress, is about to celebrate her 95th birthday. In her typical too-cool-for-her-age fashion, White says she plans to play poker and drink vodka with her friends to celebrate. A close friend of the actress says that White would like to celebrate her 95th journey

  • January 16, 2017
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WSOP Releases More Summer Schedule Details

In a press release yesterday issued by the WSOP, the organizers of world poker’s flagship annual tournament at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas gave us more details of the 2017 extravaganza set to run from May 30th to July 17th. The full schedule won’t be released until sometime next month, but

  • January 13, 2017
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GPI Introduces New System Plus Dates For Beverly Hills Awards Show

The Global Poker Index (GPI) has amended its ranking system for 2017 to make smaller tournaments with higher buy-ins less important than larger tournaments with smaller buy-ins. The aim is to open up the GPI ranks to more than just a relatively small pool of super high rollers. From now on players in tournaments with

  • January 12, 2017
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Michael Phelps, Jamie Gold Host Celebrity Poker Tournament Before The Super Bowl

Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps and professional poker player Jamie Gold will host an all-star afterparty including a celebrity poker tournament on the night before the Super Bowl. The event is part of the Big Game Big Give party, which will be hosted by Phelps and Josh Brolin. Now in its eighth year running, the

  • January 11, 2017
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Mobile Gambling To Surpass $100B In 2017

The mobile gambling market is growing at unprecedented rates. According to a recent report from H2 Gambling Capital, the global mobile gambling market is set to be worth $100 billion before the end of the year. This includes all forms of online gambling on smartphones and tablet mobile devices. Though projections for growth in the

  • January 10, 2017
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Borgata Winter Poker Open Includes Over $6M Guaranteed

The Borgata is setting the poker tournament bar high for 2017 with over $6 million guaranteed at the Borgata Winter Poker Open. The tournaments begins on January 17 with the $2 million guaranteed, $560 buy-in Deepstack Kick-off. A variety of qualifiers and satellites will be held to win a seat into the kick-off event, both

  • January 9, 2017
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MSPT Season 8 Kicks Off This Weekend

The Mid-States Poker Tour is back for Season 8 and the action kicks off this weekend. The first stop is set for the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where the guaranteed prize pool starts at $100,000. Last year the Potawatomi more than tripled the guarantee for a $350,700 prize pool at the main

  • January 6, 2017
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PPC Charged With Racketeering, Fraud After Aruba Main Event

Not long after news broke that winners of the Aruba Main Event claimed the Players Poker Championship (PPC Poker Tour) had failed to pay them in full, a lawsuit was launched. Poker attorney Maurice VerStandig filed the complaint on Tuesday which accuses the tour operation of 13 counts including racketeering and fraud. The complaint was

  • January 5, 2017
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Minnesota Man Becomes N.Dakota State Poker Champ

The 13th annual North Dakota State Texas Hold’em Championship took place over the New Year weekend just now and for the first time ever, a Minnesotan player ended up winning it. Jon Wurden, from Fischer, Minnesota ended up beating 1,023 other players to claim the glory of first place plus, of course, a decent $30,000

  • January 4, 2017
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First Annual “Poker Bowl” Scheduled For Next Month At The Venetian

According to a press release that was issued yesterday, next month we can expect to see a new fixture in the Las Vegas poker tournament world get going to coincide with the NFL Super Bowl that takes place around the same time, called – quite fittingly – the Poker Bowl. The Poker Bowl is the

  • January 3, 2017
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First Tournament On WSOP Circuit Of 2017 Soon To Get Underway

It’s a brand new year and after a short break for the Christmas Holidays and New Year festivities, the 2016/17 WSOP Circuit will be back on the road next week where it will pitch up at the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Oklahoma for almost two weeks of nonstop action starting from January 11th. When

  • January 2, 2017
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Playing online poker in the United States

Click your state to find everything you needed to know about the online poker laws of 2016.

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.