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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??

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Onetimepoker.com is an online poker site recently launched by OneTime Marketing Services, led by Randall Kasper, the founder of Poker Players International. Kasper’s team of poker industry veterans and executives includes Casey Jarzabek, Jeff Maxon, Anthony Taylor, Laurence Grondin and Danny Noseworthy.

As Kasper describes it, “It’s a dream team of executives and poker experts. Our goal is to be the next big name in poker, to be completely transparent to and trusted by players and to customize their experience with the absolute best practices we have learned over the years.

With OneTimePoker, he added, we’ll finally be able to build the sort of business for ourselves that we have created for clients over the past decade.” 

While transparency, trust, fairness, and providing a safe and secure playing experience are all major pillars of OneTimePoker.com, the site is also dedicated to providing its members and players the MOST fun of any site in the industry.

With that in mind, OTP is running a massive promotional campaign based on the tantalizing question:

WANT TO BE A ONETIMEPOKER PRO AMBASSADOR?

The promo is offering the opportunity for three players to become OneTimePoker Pro Ambassadors for a period of six months. Not only will they represent One Time Poker and help promote the site, but also provide their personal experience and knowledge of the online poker world.

For the rules of engagement, check out https://onetimepoker.com/promotions/become-a-pro

And while you’re at it, meet the official OTP Team of Ambassadors, among the most experienced and popular poker players from around the world. https://onetimepoker.com/ambassadors

Sounds like Kasper and friends know how to run an online poker site. Since we at TPS know how to run an online poker store, it seemed fitting to feature them in our blog. Who knows? Maybe they’ll purchase a few of our premium poker tables!

Click here to leave us your thoughts or comments!

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I doubt that many of us worry much about opinions issued by the U.S. Department of Justice, especially since the DOJ issues literally hundreds of opinions, on hundreds of topics, on a weekly basis. They are not laws, after all.

But, last week, when the DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel issued a new opinion concerning the 1961 Interstate Wire Act, the online poker industry was not only worried, but holding its collective breath. The opinion reversed the previous stance of 2011 which concluded that the Wire Act only applied to sports betting, opining this time around that the Wire Act applies to online poker as well.

Again, it’s not the law; it’s an opinion that will definitely be tested in the courts. But it’s an opinion that definitely threatens the growth of the online poker industry, hitting hardest those states currently trying to get bills introducing online poker passed in their states. It could also have a major negative impact on the future of interstate compacts like the highly profitable one that exists between New Jersey, Delaware and Nevada.

Senator Ray LesniakFormer New Jersey State Sen. Raymond Lesniak was a major player in the fight to get online poker in New Jersey and helped create the multistate online poker alliance that facilitates liquidity sharing. He’s ready to step back into the fray and do battle in the courts if necessary. As he told Online Poker Report:

“It looks like I will have to go to court again to straighten out the Justice Department’s overreaching on states’ rights, as I did with sports betting. This opinion is outrageous. It puts state lotteries at risk and state revenues. If Congress won’t fix it, I will through the judicial process.”

The burning question remains: can online poker in the U.S. survive this new Wire Act opinion? Or does it muddy the waters even more concerning which forms of online gaming are legal and which are not. It certainly will make those states that have yet to introduce gaming legislation proceed with caution, if at all.

Send me your thoughts or questions on this!!