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Like many of you, I watched Attorney General William Barr’s deceptive testimony at the recent Senate hearings on the Mueller Report and also gained some insight into the current dysfunction in our DOJ (Department of Justice).

Depending on your viewpoint, you might say the whole debacle is terrible (or not) for the state of our union, but what does it have to do with poker? Well, we’ve written previously regarding the recent reversal of the “1961 Interstate Wire Act” and its potentially negative impact on the future of legalized online poker. Basically, the DOJ’s OLC (Office of Legal Counsel) issued a new opinion in January in which they reversed their 2011 opinion (that the Wire Act only applied to sports betting) and stated that it applies to online poker as well.

At the time, we took solace in the fact that this was not law but only opinion and would be fought out in the courts. Retired New Jersey state senator Raymond Lesniak, who had successfully spearheaded New Jersey’s online poker legislation in the past, readied for battle, saying “It looks like I will have to go to court again to straighten out the Justice Department’s overreaching on states’ rights.”

Unfortunately, that was before I’d fully grasped the “politics” and the primary “players” involved in this battle. From what I’ve observed, the DOJ and its head honchos are there to do Trump’s bidding, are not too concerned with laws vs. opinions, and big money is the deciding factor in most decisions. In fact, an Op-Ed published in USA Today called the Wire Act reversal “corrupt, unethical, and legally bankrupt.” That was because many industry observers believed the reversal was strongly influenced by anti-online gambling billionaire and Las Vegas Sands casino owner Sheldon Adelson, a long-time patron of the Republican Party and major contributor to Trump’s presidential campaign.

The bottom line is that no one knows for certain how the DOJ’s opinion will play out . . .  and uncertainty can be a momentum crusher. The president of the Poker Alliance, Mark Brenner, was quoted as saying: “Make no mistake, DOJ’s Wire Act reversal was a well-coordinated attack against the regulated iGaming, sports wagering, and poker industries, carried out by Las Vegas special interests seeking to protect their own bottom line,” he said. “In doing so, they are trampling on states’ rights and individual rights, while undermining a growing bipartisan coalition of Governors and legislators across the country who are responsibly modernizing gaming in their respective states. Perhaps worst of all, this move will expose more innocent consumers to a gambling black market that is beyond the reach of law enforcement and regulators.”

The Lumen Poker Table

Whatever the outcome, it will be a long time coming and we’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, sit back at your poker table, relax and wait for the dealer; your next hand may be quads!

 

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The majority of the world’s poker fans are looking forward with great anticipation to the 50th Annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) set to begin on May 28 and run through July 16.

But for online poker enthusiasts and fans, there is some exciting WSOP action beginning this month!

World Series of Poker Online

The World Series of Poker’s website (WSOP.com) has launched its annual Spring Online Championships which consist of more than forty online poker events.

The online poker WSOP also has a Main Event. The buy-in is $525, which guarantees a very tidy $200,000 in prize money. And, there is a special bonus prize that makes it stand apart from other WSOP events.

Instead of winning a ring or a traditional bracelet, the winner will be given a wrestling-style championship belt, a somewhat more flamboyant prize befitting the online poker crowd.

Just in case the Department of Justice over-reaches as it reviews the Federal Wire Act, the WSOP is pulling out all the stops for online players, so hurry up and join the fun at the Online Poker Tables!

Until then send me your thoughts and or comments here!

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There was a time when we thought it would be a good idea to keep our faithful fans up-to-date on which states would be next to vote to legalize and regulate online poker. We assumed it would happen on a fairly regular basis after the success of Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware. After all, is there really a state that wouldn’t benefit from the potential multi-millions of dollars in additional revenue?

Turned out that passing the legislation necessary to offer its citizens the right to enjoy online poker was a heckuvva lot more difficult for states to make happen than we imagined. It seems crazy, but nothing much has changed since 2013 (sorry, Pennsylvania, but you haven’t gone live yet!) except that more states have legalized marijuana than online gambling!

So, it’s our pleasure to announce that Virginia has become the fifth state ready to launch online gambling. Governor Ralph Northam signed SB 1126 today (March 26) after both houses of the legislature overwhelmingly supported it. However, don’t get too excited quite yet, poker players of Virginia. There are some very stringent rules for setting up casinos so you probably won’t be playing online until at least next year.

Unfortunately for those of you who were following Kentucky’s bid to join the online gambling states, their once promising H 175 has been shelved until 2020. Also on the cusp are West Virginia and Michigan, all hoping to become the sixth state to embrace online poker.

Until your state manages to pass the legislation needed for you to enjoy online poker, it looks like y’all will have to be satisfied playing in your home games, sitting at the poker tables! One thing is for sure; it is definitely a better way to meet people and find new poker buddies!

Any thoughts??