Category: Poker News and Features

California Online Poker Already Done for 2017

California Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer told Online Poker Report that his bill to legalize and regulate online poker will not be moving this year. However, he will continue to work on the issue in an effort to repair the trust between gambling interests and legislators that disintegrated at the end of last session. In an interview…

Omaha Spin & Go Live on PokerStars

PokerStars has moved to expand its range of Spin & Go services with the launch of new Omaha versions of the game. Pot Limit Omaha games will feature buy-in levels of $1, $3, $7 and $15 and run under the lottery-style Sit-and-Go format. Players will start with 500 chips and enter a randomly drawn prize…

Prelim Schedule released for SCOOP 2017

The global online cardroom and casino PokerStars has announced the preliminary schedule for its Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) and has guaranteed the series for a total of $55 million USD in prize winnings. This year’s SCOOP is the biggest and longest, running across 3 weeks from 30th April to 23rd May. With a total of…

After Six Years, Absolute Poker Players to be Paid

The US Department of Justice announced on Monday that class action settlement company Garden City Group (GCG) will monitor the process for the compensation of Absolute Poker players who were not able to withdraw their funds from the online poker room after it was faced with a civil action for money laundering, illegal gambling provision,…

High Roller Poker Coming to NBC Sports

NBC Sports Group is putting down chips on the poker felt. The NBCUniversal sports media division struck an agreement with Poker Central to present Poker Central programming across its TV and digital platforms. The move comes after Poker Central in late 2016 pulled the plug on its own linear network, after garnering only limited distribution.…

Talk of New Jersey – New York – Pennsylvania Online Poker Pact

At present, playing legal online poker on a regulated New Jersey site can be a frustrating ordeal. Games do not run round the clock, tournament guarantees are on the low side (and dipping), and low-to-mid stakes No Limit Hold’em games dominate cash game lobbies. But with online poker at the forefront of the legislative conversation…

New York Online Poker “Not in Budget”

Just like last year, it appears a bid to legalize New York online poker via the state budget is not in the cards. But that does not mean online poker legislation is dead for 2017. The Senate had included online poker in its version of the state budget. But it had not appeared in the…

Online Poker in New York Faces Showdown in June

New York’s fight to legalize online poker likely won’t face its true make-or-break test until June, according to poker’s prime mover in the state Assembly. New York’s state Senate included online poker language in its budget proposal last week, but the Assembly opted not to include poker in its spending plan. According to Assemblyman Gary…

PokerStars Testing New Game

Amaya-owned PokerStars has revealed that it has begun testing of new poker game ‘PokerStars Power Up’. In a blog post, the company said that the title is mainly based on the traditional No Limit Hold’em game, with the addition of various power cards that enable the player to influence hands and change gameplay. Power cards…

Live London Series from PokerStars

Six months after PokerStars ended all of their live tours and replaced them with PokerStars Championships and Festivals, they have created a new low buy-in tour in London. PokerStars has taken the rather unusual step of partnering with the Hippodrome Casino in London to present the new PokerStars Live London Series. I use the word…

888Poker to Sponsor WSOP Again

888poker has agreed a deal to continue as lead sponsor of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) for the 2017 series. The online operator’s logo will appear at all events in the WSOP 2017 season, which is due to begin in May. The extended agreement also includes exclusive television sponsorship rights. International players hoping to…

Absolute Poker Founder Returns to US and Pleads Not Guilty

The founder of what had been one of the largest online poker websites agreed on Thursday to confront U.S. charges stemming from a long-running criminal case targeting internet firms like his operating illegally in the United States. Scott Tom, who founded Costa Rica-based Absolute Poker, pleaded not guilty in Manhattan federal court to charges he…

California Online Poker Returns for 2017

Online poker legislation has become a perennial event in California, with efforts stretching back some 10 years. Despite a decade of debate, the state still seems far away from getting a bill across the finish line. But that doesn’t mean lawmakers won’t try. California Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer introduced the state’s latest online poker legislative effort,…

PartyPoker Out of Czech Republic Amid New Regulations

Thursday was not a particularly fun day for partypoker customers in the Czech Republic. Envisioning a fun – and hopefully profitable – session of online poker, players logged into their accounts only to find out that they are no longer allowed to play. Fortunately, it was not because of anything they did wrong, but because…

New Jersey Fines PokerStars $25,000

New Jersey online gambling regulators have fined Canada’s Amaya Gaming $25k for failing to ensure that out-of-state players couldn’t play on PokerStars New Jersey site. On Wednesday, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) published a January 20 decision detailing how a “software flaw” enabled out-of-state patrons to gamble at PokerStarsNJ.com, in violation of…

PokerStars First to Enter Czech Market

PokerStars has become the first online gambling operator to obtain a live games licence in the Czech Republic. The Amaya-owned company is expected to utilise the licence to launch a website in the country within the next few days, with Czech-based players able to access services via PokerStars.cz. Punters in the country will be able…

2017 World Series of Poker Expands Online Events

The World Series of Poker has announced its schedule for 2017. It will begin on May 31 and run through until July 18, with 74 total events making this one of the busiest WSOP schedules ever. Naturally, most events are returning. The recurring events include the Millionaire Maker, the Monster Stack, the Little One For…

New York State Online Poker Bill Reintroduced

New York State Senator John Bonacic has reintroduced his online poker bill that was passed by the Senate last year. The bill, S 3898, was introduced on Jan. 27 and referred to the New York Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee. The committee is chaired by Bonacic. The bill is expected to sail through the…

The Fight for Online Poker in Australia

Online poker supporters created the “Australian Online Poker Alliance (AOPA)” in order to exhort authorities to legalise the sector. The group is gathering the opponents against the latest amendment that prohibits online poker activities in the country. AOPA proposes a complete framework to regulate the sector and bring benefits to the Australian government as well.…

Playing Online Poker in the USA

Times are changing and online poker is back in the spotlight in the United States. Online poker was extremely popular in the USA up until 2006, which is the year the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) was passed into law. Since then, online poker has struggled to attract players and that’s largely because of…