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Mar 2018 | Players online

Notable Twitch gamer jumps to poker, becomes Unibet Ambassador

As a teenager, she wasn’t exactly accepted by her peers. She was seen as an outsider, an oddball who was regularly bullied. Now, though, Sophia White has morphed into one of eGames most valuable players and is taking her popularity to the poker felt. White, AKA “Djarii” in online gaming, has been tapped to be

  • April 24, 2018
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Gambling Divides Connecticut’s Democratic Candidates for Governor

The six leading candidates for governor of Connecticut attended a debate on Sunday. The entire group said they support Bridgeport’s bid for an MGM casino, but they were divided over the moral and ethical questions a new casino raises. The debate was held in New Haven, the Democratic capital of Connecticut. Janis Underwood, Assistant Secretary

  • April 23, 2018
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CPPT Choctaw Main Event kicks off today

The CPPT action at the Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant, OK is about to wrap up. In total, 62 events comprise the series of tournaments, with the most anticipated being the main event with a prize pool of $1 million. The main event gets underway today, with the finalists meeting at the final table

  • April 20, 2018
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WSOP site traffic could skyrocket from liquidity sharing

In less than two weeks, Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware will begin player liquidity sharing. It’s a long time coming, after Nevada and New Jersey signed an agreement in 2016, and the move should be a huge boost for the WSOP poker portal. One analyst predicts that the traffic will be driven to “unprecedented levels.”

  • April 19, 2018
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Carl Icahn to Sell Atlantic City Tropicana to Eldorado Resorts

This week investor Carl Icahn announced plans to sell Tropicana Entertainment, a group of properties that includes the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City. Icahn claims he has entered a definitive agreement with Eldorado Resorts to purchase the properties for $1.85 billion. Casinos in the Tropicana Entertainment group includes seven properties: Tropicana Atlantic City, the belle

  • April 18, 2018
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3-State Online Poker Player Pool Sharing to Launch May 1

It’s official: regulated online poker in the United States is about to get a lot more interesting. After six months of waiting with no news what so ever, New Jersey gaming correspondent Wayne Parry broke the news on April 16 that player pool sharing between three states is set to launch on May 1. In

  • April 17, 2018
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Run It Once poker site finally set to launch this summer

“I want a fair, honest, transparent poker site that believes in the dream that I have lived.” These are the words of poker pro Phil Galfond who, for almost two years, has been trying to bring a new breed of online poker to the world. Now, after more than a few setbacks, the site could

  • April 16, 2018
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Former Mohegan Sun Pocono VP Charged With Felony Theft

Robert Pellegrini, former vice president of player development for the Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs Casino in Pennsylvania, faces new felony charges this week. Pellegrini, 53, is currently serving a 32-month sentence for a previous federal money charge from his time working at the casino. The new charges relate to an event from April 2014, when

  • April 13, 2018
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All Four Ohio Racinos Post Revenue Increases in March

Racino revenue has been in decline in Ohio for the past four years. The fall began after the opening of Hard Rock Rocksino in December 2013, the largest racino in the state. However, based on the latest report from the state Casino Control Commission, the market may be entering a period of recovery. All four

  • April 13, 2018
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San Greenwood, from 1 big blind to $1 million prize

Sam Greenwood has had an incredible year at the felt. After winning $1.3 million at the Caribbean Poker Party festival, he has now won $1.2 million at the LIVE MILLIONS Grand Final in Barcelona. He overcame incredible odds at the Super High Roller (SHR) tournament to win first place, bouncing back from holding only one

  • April 11, 2018
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Poker Player Michael Borovetz Arrested for $200 Airport Scam

Michael Borovetz admits to being locked in a cycle of scamming travelers to fuel his gambling addiction after his arrest by the New Jersey Port Authority last week. Borovets was charged with theft by deception for bluffing a man at the Newark Airport into giving him $200 for a hotel room. Borovetz, 43, is an

  • April 10, 2018
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Spring Poker Tournaments Kick off This Week in Atlantic City and North Carolina

Spring is in the air and in the poker community that means live tournament action. Two major east coast poker tournament series kick off this week, one in Atlantic City and another in North Carolina. Millions of dollars in guaranteed prize pools are up for grabs in both locations. Borgata Spring Poker Open Atlantic City’s

  • April 9, 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.