Why are sites restricting U.S. play?
Many online gaming sites decided to stop accepting bets when the U.S. Congress passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. Although the measure does nothing to change the players' right to bet online, it will eventually force American banks and credit card companies to block some types of electronic transactions to Internet gambling businesses. Other gaming sites stopped accepting U.S.-based bets in anticipation of the bill’s passage. And some never accepted U.S. bets because of the uncertain regulatory climate.
I have money in an account with one of these sites. Can I still get it out?Each site is setting its own rules for withdrawing money. Please check with your casino to find out their policy. Some sites, like CelebPoker, have set a deadline for making withdrawals. Others, like PartyPoker, will allow all current U.S. account holders to log on and withdraw money. And some, like Betfred, may ask you to call a special phone number to make payment arrangements. Please check with the individual site to see what their policy is.
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U.S. Restriction News
US Attorney announces compensation program for Absolute Poker victim players
Garden City Group has been authorized by the Southern District of New York to accept and process claims for former Absolute Poker players and announces payments of more than $118 Million to date.
APCW Perspectives: Trouble down under
Some online gambling news breaks out of Australia, where its own version of UIGEA is taking shape. Additional stories include New Jersey's last attempt to change the sports betting laws in America, and some news from former Amaya CEO David Baazov.
New York Senate overwhelmingly approves online poker bill
The bill to license and regulate internet poker in the Empire State passed by a vote of 53-5 on Tuesday.
Amaya CEO pleads not guilty to securities charges
Amaya CEO David Baazov and his associates have filed written pleas of not guilty to the insider trader charges levied against them in March.
Amaya CEO charged with insider trading
CEO David Baazov denied any wrong doing regarding his company's purchase of PokerStars and Full Tilt back in 2014 and said he believes today's charges are without merit.
PokerStars goes live in New Jersey on Monday
The free PokerStars New Jersey software is now available for download; players can create a new account using the log-in details from their previously held account, and are eligible to receive their last held VIP status, Play Money Chips, and StarsCoin.
PokerStars to officially launch in New Jersey in March
The world's largest poker site will make its entry into the U.S. regulated online gaming market on Monday, March 21.
New Jersey sports betting case goes back to court
A decision by the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals isn't expected until late spring, but early indications are that the Garden State will once again fall short in its bid to legalize sports betting.
Inside Gaming: Wire Act hearing a disaster for online gambling opponents
The recent congressional hearing into legislation that would ban online gaming couldn't have gone worse for backers of the bill even if they attempted to sabotage the three-hour meeting themselves.
RAWA hearing a disaster for Chaffetz, online gambling ban supporters
The only supporters of the online gambling prohibition appeared to be House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz and two of his invited witnesses.
Top 10 similarities in the rise and potential fall of DFS and poker
If you've been covering the online gambling industry since the UIGEA was a twinkle in Bill Frist's eye, the parallels between the rise and potential fall of the daily fantasy sports industry is like déjà vu all over again.
This Week in Gambling: Another cheating scandal rocks industry
J Todd recaps the continuing daily fantasy sports soap opera and also reports on a Bovada Casino player hitting a slot machine jackpot worth more than $103,000.
Proponents of online gambling ban serve "demon rum" at House hearing
Two simple words uttered by Rep. Ted Poe (R-Tex.) perfectly summed up the farcical testimony offered by proponents of federal legislation to ban online gaming in front the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations on Wednesday.
Casino City Gang: Legalize it edition
In the wake of ESPN The Magazine's recent story, Casino City's Dan Podheiser and Aaron Todd discuss NBA commissioner Adam Silver's stance on sports betting and what it could mean for states that wish to regulate the industry. They also dissect the 2015 World Series of Poker schedule, talk about Dan's recent experience playing a tournament on PokerStars Home Games, and with the Super Bowl now over, make their best bets.
Bill to outlaw online gaming resurfaces in Congress
A Utah congressman on Wednesday reintroduced a bill that would reimpose a federal ban on wagering over the Internet, reigniting a debate that has split the gaming industry and sparked a broader discussion over the spread of gambling.
Report: U.S. authories seeking to extradite Bodog founder Calvin Ayre
Bodog founder Calvin Ayre, who for years allowed U.S. gamblers the ability to bet on sports, casino games and poker on Bodog.com, despite the fact that U.S. authorities maintained his actions were illegal, has reportedly been targeted for extradition.
Casino City Gang: Marketing the Main edition
Aaron Todd, Dan Podheiser and Vin Narayanan discuss the WSOP's November Nine, how the WSOP can better market itself, and a California tribe's plan to launch PrivateTable.com, an online poker room, despite the lack of a regulatory structure to do so. They'll end the show with the results of their World Cup bets, and of course, make their best bets for the week, as well.
Santa Ysabel Tribe launches online poker site in California
The Tribe’s I-gaming poker website, PrivateTable, accessible to adult California residents who register through the website, will be an alternative to gambling sites operated from off-shore locations.
N.J. sends cease and desist letter to affiliates promoting sites not licensed by the state
The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) has warned six online poker affiliate websites to cease and desist from promoting online gaming sites that are not licensed and regulated by the state of New Jersey.
Delaware to go live with online gambling on Oct. 31
Delaware will launch real-money online gaming on Oct. 31. The Halloween treat for casino players was confirmed Tuesday at the World Regulatory Briefing in Philadelphia by Dover Downs Hotel and Casino President and CEO Ed Sutor.
American Full Tilt Poker players can now make claims
On Wednesday, 887 days after Black Friday, American players were finally able to submit a claim for their Full Tilt Poker balances.
Casino City Gang: Red pros drawing dead edition
Casino City's Vin Narayanan, Aaron Todd and Dan Podheiser discuss the rumor that former U.S. Full Tilt Poker employees -- including pros -- won't be paid their balances, the contentious "first card off the deck" rule, and whether casinos should issue markers to high rollers. They also make their picks in this week's NFL action in the most degenerate half hour in podcasting.
Casino City Gang: The Mouth strikes back edition
Vin Narayanan and Aaron Todd discuss Mike Matusow's win at the World Series of Poker and Twitter debates over the WSOP schedule. They also talk about the political mess surrounding federal online gaming legislation, casino related gifts for Father's Day, and they make their best bets in the five most degenerate minutes in podcasting.
Federal legislation introduced to regulate iGaming
The bill, dubbed the “Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection and Enforcement Act of 2013,” was introduced by Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y. and goes beyond online poker.
Casino City Gang: Live from GiGSE edition
In this week's edition of The Gang, Vin Narayanan joins host Aaron Todd live from the Global iGaming Summit and Expo in San Francisco. They discuss a testy exchange between Jan Jones of Caesars and John Pappas from the Poker Players Alliance at the conference. They also examine Foxwoods' new partnership with GameAccount and New Jersey governor Chris Christie's administration's overly-rosy revenue expectations for online gaming revenues.
Casino City Gang: How big is your jackpot edition
Casino City's Vin Narayanan and Aaron Todd discuss when is a jackpot "big enough" for them to start playing games or making wagers they ordinarily wouldn't make, online sports betting coming to Nevada and Aaron's top-10 moments in online poker history. They also report on their Olympic wagers and make their best bets for the week.