Category: Poker News and Features

Former Absolute Poker President Takes Plea Deal

Scott Tom, former Absolute Poker president and Black Friday defendant, apparently has reached a plea deal with US prosecutors that will see him facing minimal jail time, if any at all. Tom stood accused by federal authorities of multiple felonies related to online gambling, and by the poker community of facilitating a major cheating scandal.…

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New Jersey Wants Cross-Border Poker Compacts

In an interview with Roger Gros, the publisher of Global Gaming Business, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement Director David Rebuck discussed a number of topics affecting the state’s gambling industry in a podcast. The interview hinted at the possibility of compacting for online poker with other states. A compact with the UK, however, is…

Absolute Poker Founder Pays Fine & Avoids Prison

Scott Tom, former Absolute Poker president and Black Friday defendant, apparently has reached a plea deal with US prosecutors that will see him facing minimal jail time, if any at all. Tom stood accused by federal authorities of multiple felonies related to online gambling, and by the poker community of facilitating a major cheating scandal.…

PKR Players to be Paid by PokerStars

PokerStars has agreed a deal to reimburse players who lost money as a result of the recent closure of rival operator PKR. In May, PKR appointed administrators after confirming that both the PKR Ltd and PKR Technologies Ltd businesses were suffering from financial issues. UK-focused PKR subsequently ceased all operations and, as a result, left…

Here Comes the “Stars Group”

Amaya shareholders have voted in favour of a proposal to rebrand the company as ’The Stars Group’. Announced last month alongside its first-quarter results, the new name required approval from shareholders in order for the firm to push ahead with plans. Amaya has now said that it expects the name to come into effect from…

New York Assembly Folds Online Poker for 2017

Those hoping that New York will legalize online poker this year shouldn’t bet on it. Though the Senate recently passed the bill, Assembly Democrats, who discussed the issue behind closed doors last week, are not expected to take it up before the legislative session’s scheduled end Wednesday. “There was some opposition; we’ll pick it up…

New York Online Poker Bill Adds “Bad Actor” Clause

A bill that could lead to the legalisation of online poker in the US state of New York has been amended to include reference to so-called ‘bad actors’. Put forward by State Senator John Bonacic, Senate Bill S3898 has already been approved by the New York Senate Finance Committee and will soon go to a…

New York Online Poker Bill Heads to Senate

On Tuesday the New York Senate Finance Committee passed Sen. John Bonacic’s online poker bill, S 3898. The committee passed by a voice vote without debate or discussion. The bill now advances to the full Senate for consideration. Two Senate committees passed the proposal this year. The Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee Bonacic chairs…

Las Vegas Poker Rooms Continue to Close

Nevada poker revenue held steady in March, despite a meaningful decline in the total number of poker rooms and tables compared to 2016, according to Nevada gaming regulators. While poker rooms in Nevada may be shrinking in number and size, they also appear to be becoming more efficient. In March 2016, the Nevada Gaming Control…

AI’s triumph over a game of poker

The matter of artificial intelligence – or AI – is one that has long been an exciting topic for tech engineers and enthusiasts. Furthermore, in recent times, we have actually started to witness real developments in this field, making AI a reality instead of a science fiction fantasy. AI has been pitted against human intelligence…

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…