Rep. Iden: Michigan Online Gambling Bill ‘Close To The Finish Line’

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With three months and nine sessions left at the Michigan legislative session, Rep. Brandt Iden remains hopeful that his online gaming bill will reach the governor’s desk this year.

“We’re near the end line,” Iden told OPR,”and it is a top priority of mine to see it come through to the end.”

H 4926, the Lawful online Gaming Act, passed through the state’s House of Representatives at June, which means Iden has already done his job. No matter what hopes he has for the bill; the steps are for the most part from his hands.

All eyes on the Michigan Senate

The fate of the online gaming bill lies in the state Senate, where the situation is complex.

Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall is in his last weeks in office, unable to run for re-election under term limits. Kowall did compete as a candidate for the US House but lost in the primary.

“Sen. Kowall remains floor leader in the Senate for the remainder of the lame duck,” Iden said. “Even though he is not coming back to the legislature due to term limits, he is still quite encouraged in the Senate. He’s still an advocate for the bill, and I will use him to get it to the finish line.”

Before this session ends if the bill does not pass, it might not only lose its winner but drop off the books completely. Bills do not carry over to odd years in Michigan.

“There is urgency since Sen. Kowall is leaving,” Iden said,”and because all invoices die and need to be reintroduced, beginning the process over.”

Sen. Meekhof in the chair of dealer

Iden indicated that whether his Michigan bill keeps moving hinges on Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof.

The bill currently sits in the Senate Committee on Government Operations, which is not scheduled to meet during the lame duck. That doesn’t appear to bode well for its prospects, obviously. However, Meekhof is chair of this committee and can call a meeting at any time if he decides to move the bill.

“Being in front of the committee is a positive,” Iden said. “Having the Senate majority leader manage how these invoices are handled is very important to the legislation because getting his blessing is critical to find passage.”

Iden said he does not know Meekhof’s intent with the bill, but he was involved in fulfilling with local gaming stakeholders earlier this year to work on internet gambling.

The Michigan legislative session ends Dec. 20.

Sports betting bill postponed

H 4926 would also permit the Michigan Gaming Control Board to set parameters for online sports betting.

But, Iden indicated back in June that the next bill focusing especially on sports betting was needed to place the requirements for brick-and-mortar casinos interested in supplying sports betting. There are also some financial and technical details including the tax rate.

Iden was planning to introduce that bill in the autumn, but he now says it will be pushed into 2019 due to the midterm elections. The incumbent Republican barely edged his Democratic challenger to win a third term.

Integrity fee under consideration, but …

Since he spoke at the US Sports Betting Policy Summit a few weeks ago, much has been made about Iden’s sign that Michigan would be the first state to approve an ethics fee, providing sports leagues a percentage the action.

But, Iden told OPR that he hasn’t yet made any determination. He’s simply open to considering it:

“I did originally start from a position that there was no place for ethics fees in my head, but since then I’ve had conversations with the leagues and I do feel there is reason to keep discussion on the issue. That doesn’t mean there is any determination of what a fee would be. My comment is specific to that I have not closed the door on ethics fees. I’m open to discussing it.”

No state’s sports betting law includes such a fee.

Dark Days: Poker Player Risking $100K, Sanity to Live at Lightless Bathroom for a Month

A poker player made a crazy prop bet hoping to win a huge amount of cash. Stop us if you’ve heard it before. However, the latest nuttiness that has the poker world abuzz takes the possibility of living a physical challenge to win $100,000 to a far darker place. A much darker place.

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Poker player Rich Alati made an insane prop bet: If he buys an entire month in a darkened room, he will pocket $100,000; but if he fails, he is out $100k… and maybe whatever’s left of his sanity. (Image: thescienceexplorer.com)

Founded in Las Vegas — exactly where, few people know — poker player Rich Alati is sitting in a dark bathroom, where he is trying to live for a month to win $100,000 from fellow rounder Rory Young. It is an even-money bet. If Alati fails, then he owes Young $100k.

Anyone want to put their side bets on how this will turn out?

The bet Young is boasting about is allegedly already underway, in an undisclosed room someplace in Sin City. Young says Atlati is living under constant surveillance, to ensure he lives up to terms of the wager.

The conditions: Alati is not permitted any human interaction, can’t leave the room, and has no access to electronics, drugs, or alchohol. He can, however, eat whatever he wants and, according to Young, he is eating well. There is a bed, shower, refrigerator, and tub in his room. But he doesn’t have a clock so it’s probably hard for him to figure out how long he’s been in pitch-black darkness.

“He’s a bed in there, he’s got a shower and a tub,” Young said in an interview with Pocket Fives. “He’s pretty lavish toiletries such as Epsom salts, sugar scrubs, that sort of stuff.”

Putting Money Where Your Mouth Is?

Young stated he made the bet with Alati a few months ago during a heads-up match at the Bellagio poker room.

Young asked Alati how long he believes he could survive in a darkened room with no human interaction. When his opponent said”30 days,” he offered up the bet because he did not think anyone would last that long. So that is how the bet was a reality.

Following the session, according to Pocket Fives, the players escrowed $5,000 in cash. Alati was given six months to prepare for what would surely be a tricky task. If either of them backed out early, the other would get $10,000.

However, now that the solo self-confinement has started, it’s $100,000 at stake.

Isolation Chamber Challenge

Sitting in a darkened room for an entire month for $100,000 is easier said than done. Just ask trouble-making offenders who end up in solitary confinement.

A 2016 HBO documentary, “Solitary,” went inside a Virginia prison to experience solitary confinement. Director Kristin Jacobson, in an interview with the Daily Beast, known to locking a prisoner up in a dark, confined space as an”abuse of human rights.”

Studies have shown that extended stays in solitary confinement can cause hallucinations and severe psychological harm. Human rights groups have called such extreme isolation torture.

“Social interaction is a basic need, and when it’s withdrawn, our brains experience that in precisely the same way physical pain is experienced,” Alexis Agathocleous of the Center for Constitutional Rights told the Daily Beast.  “A prolonged period of isolation is a form of social death.”

Many prisoners have referred to the experience as being”buried alive.”

A former Alcatraz prisoner wrote a book about how he survived such for 19 days in”the hole.”

While Alati could be in more comfortable digs where he is in Las Vegas, the darkness is the same as he tries to win a hard prop bet — the kind where even if he succeeds, is he actually the winner?

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PokerStars Cleared For Launch In Pennsylvania On Early-2019 Timeline

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The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) signed off on two interactive gaming petitions during a Wednesday meeting in Harrisburg.

PokerStars received authorization to offer its full suite of internet gambling products, including a world-class internet poker platform.

Mohegan Sun Pocono is also approved for table and slots games, though it withdrew the poker portion of its application. Details remain sparse.

Approved for PA casino, online poker

PokerStars’ parent company The Stars Group (TSG) will function Pennsylvania under the permit of Mount Airy. The two first disclosed their relationship in August, also confirming plans to offer sports betting via the BetStars brand.

Mount Airy was among the first approved to offer interactive gaming, although for PA sports betting so far the casino nor the operator has applied. Regulators signed off on its paperwork just days after the venture announcement.

Now PokerStars is also accepted, by securing access into a US state clearing a big milestone. It has been trapped in New Jersey since returning to the US market in 2016.  Given the movement toward multi-state poker, PokerStars players from NJ and PA could be sitting elbow to elbow in the virtual tables in due time.

What is more, a recent deal with Eldorado Resorts could finally see TSG expand into 11 more countries. While its PokerStars NJ platform is far better than rival NJ online poker websites , it has lacked a broad market-access arrangement. Until now.

Side note: Mount Airy also has an existing relationship with 888, but it is not clear if the two will work in tandem for real-money gaming.

Mohegan Sun leaves online poker supporting

Downs Racing was first to the table for the morning assembly.

Downs initially applied for full price — $12 million after missing the deadline to get a reduction. It’s not clear what caused the change of heart, by forfeiting poker but it amended that down to $ 8 million on Wednesday.

Mohegan Sun is the third PA casino. The developers of the Stadium property also eliminated online poker from their plans, while Rivers withdrew its entire petition in October.

With detailing their operations downs executives presented their application to the Board. While the group did not name its interactive partner(s) in the open forum, it did provide some clues:

Well-known public company based in EuropeCurrent NJ gaming candidate with plans to enter PAWill work in tandem

This partner would also have no apparent interest in supplying PA online poker, which appears to exclude PokerStars and partypoker as candidates. Both have established their ventures in the Commonwealth anyhow.

Might seem at Kindred Group as the partner for Mohegan. It appears to tick the most boxes, at least, given its NJ deal with Hard Rock AC and its new relationship with Scientific Games.

Later in the meeting, the Board accepted Downs’ petition for slots and table games.

What is next for PA gaming?

With the exception of Valley Forge sports betting and its partner FanDuel Sportsbook, the PGCB has approved all pending petitions from PA casinos. You can see the internet roadmap and standing for each property here.

With Mohegan taking a pass on online poker, a total of 12 permits remain available to Qualified Gaming Entities (QGE) in other jurisdictions:

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It looks like some of these will go unclaimed at least in the short term. Only two QGE petitions are filed, one from MGM and another from Golden Nugget. Both will attempt to port their products over from New Jersey, though it is not yet clear which categories they search.

Launch is the major thing of course.

PA sports betting went at Hollywood Casino this month, but it is still limited to on-site wagering. Online/mobile sportsbooks are not yet available, nor are the online poker/casino platforms. At the moment, the timeline for rollout looks like ancient 2019.

The next people PGCB meeting is scheduled for the morning of Dec. 19.

David Peters Wins Seminole Hard Rock Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open $5K for Second Consecutive Year

Winner any poker tournament takes a rare combination of luck and skill. Doing it two years in a row, like David Peters just did in the 5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Event at the Seminole Hard Rock Rock’N’ Roll Poker Open, is a feat that few players will ever achieve.

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David Peters celebrates his Seminole Hard Rock $5K championship successes from 2017 (left) and 2018 (right). (Images: SeminoleHardRockPokerOpen.com)

Peters bested a field of 95 players to win the tournament in Hollywood, Florida for the second consecutive year, this time.

Matching Shirts Results

The Ohio poker ace noticed a lot of similarities including one that could just make him superstitious when he tries to make it three-in-a-row in 2019.

“It’s kind of crazy,” Peters told tournament blogger Steve Schult. “I’m wearing the same sweatshirt and everything. Things went fairly well at the final table early on. Then I lost a whole lot of chips and I fought and it worked out.”

With over $29.3 million in life tournament earnings, Peters is already regarded as among the finest NLHE tournament players in the world. That alone would suggest his back-to-back wins weren’t just a fluke, and the Toledo native place his skills on display many times during the final table.

Peters Outplays Givens in Pot

One of the major hands came with eight players when Peters outdueled World Series of Poker winner Will Givens to score a double-up that was crucial remaining.

Givens had increased pre-flop, then bet the flop and turn before moving. The board read A♦9♦4♣K♥J♦, with Peters holding K♦Q♥ and calling down the entire way, including on the river. Givens showed his hand — 6♠5♠ — and Peters was able to double up, giving him about a third of the chips in play.

After the tournament, Peters explained his reasoning in the hand that was critical.

“I was obstructing the nut flush and the ace, jack and nine are all out there, so there are not too many combos of flushes,” Peters said. “I thought there were lots of hands like he had that are trying to blow me off a nine. I have a lot. So I felt that he was trying to blow me. So I called. It worked out.”

By defeating Guillaume Diaz, who took home $85,738 for his second place 24, peters would win the tournament in play. The final table as a whole featured a number of notable names, including Givens (8th place), Jeff Gross (7th), Jake Schwartz (5th) and Joey Weissman (4th), among others. That level of talent meant that Peters knew he could intimidate his way.

“I guess sometimes maybe some men may not be trying to perform a lot of pots with me or may avoid marginal circumstances,” Peters said. “On the flip side, you’ve got some guys who are ready to battle. I don’t think any of these men were scared or anything like that.”

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WPT Seminole Rock’n Roll Poker Open Down MLS Star Brent Kallman, to Final Table Out in 8th

Major League Soccer star Brent Kallman, a defender for Minnesota United FC, narrowly missed the final table at the main event at the WPT Seminole Hard Rockn’ Roll Poker Open.

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Soccer star Brent Kallman missed a place in the WPT Seminole Hard Rockn’ Roll table. (Picture: mnufc.com)

Kallman finished in place while Pavel Plesuv from Moldova holds the chip lead.

The only remaining former World Poker Tour champion, ravi Raghavan, has the stack with just 16 large blinds.

Play at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, resumes Wednesday at 12 noon ET. The event was a $3,500 buy-in with re-entry plus a $2 million guarantee. After 898 entries, six players are competing for a $505,000 first-prize payout.

This tournament won’t appear on Fox Sports TV in the future. But the action is going to be streaming live tomorrow at WPT.com.

WPT Seminole Hard Rock ‘n Roll Poker Open Final Table Chip Counts

Pavel Plesuv (Moldova) 10,920,000Jim Gilbert (USA) 8,655,000Marius Gierse (Austria) 6,180,000Jeremy Joseph (USA) 5,045,000Chris Kennedy (USA) 3,800,000Ravi Raghavan (USA) 1,320,000

*Blinds having an large ante.

Wait, Who’s Still Playing?

Recreational poker fans might be unfamiliar with the remaining players. But that does not mean the final table is void of talent.

Short-stack Raghavan is the past WPT winner left. He took down the WPT Five Diamond at Bellagio in 2012 for $1.27 million, his first of today three World Poker Tour final table appearances.

Ravi has just over $3.4 million in lifetime tournament cashes. And if he overcomes a chip deficit on Wednesday to ship the Hublot trophy, he will be place by the place prize at a tick.

No one enjoys facing a tough player who is holding a big pile. Plesuv, the chip leader, might be the player at the table. He has over $3.5 million in cashes, such as an MSPT Las Vegas title ($640,000) and a runner-up end in a Bellagio Cup ($343,000), both last summer.

Everyone at the final table is guaranteed at least $103,310.

Near Miss for Pro Athlete

Minnesota United FC defender Brent Kallman narrowly missed what could have been his first tournament final table. He was removed from the WPT Seminole in place, just two spots off the cash. Roberto Bendeck was the final table bubble boy.

Kallman’s deep run was no fluke. Despite his professional attention being on soccer, he’s proven he can compete at the poker table. The Nebraska native has nearly $200,000 in tournament cashes, including a $34,000 score for fourth place at a 2013 MSPT event in Minnesota.

When he ran to a pseudo-cooler kallman was running strong in the WPT main event. With 1.78 million processors, his pocket nines were no match for Marius Gierse’s pocket 10s.

It was an impressive run — enough to have at least some people speculating becoming more of a poker once his playing days on the soccer pitch are over.

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Jake Cody Rips’Poker Night for Insulting Amateurs in America’

Poker pro Jake Cody might not be invited into a “Poker Night in America” filming any time shortly after he lashed out at the poker show for its”unnecessary” criticisms of amateur players.

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Jake Cody trashed’Poker Night in America’ for its insults towards players. (Picture: YouTube)

He explained in a tweet that ripping amateurs is”disgusting.”

Headline reads”EMBARRASSING play by AMATEUR in FINAL TABLE” the commentator mocks the man for having $374 in live cashes on Henson mob. This is an entirely unnecessary and disgusting @PokerNightTV pic.twitter.com/Ft8HtW8wHK

— Jake Cody (@JakeCody) November 23, 2018

Video Evidence

By listing two PNIA YouTube video games cody followed that tweet up he believed were offensive to amateurs. “RICH FISH Invited to Ladies Night” and”MASSIVE MISTAKE in his earliest FINAL TABLE” were, seemingly, not to his liking.

Both videos, posted according to Cody, were critical of poker players. However, the “rich fish” is movie producer Randall Emmett, a regular on PNIA. We don’t want to speak for him but he would not find the title offensive. He showed up dressed in a chipmunk costume for the session.

Emmett has also become a regular on “Live at the Bike” and “Poker After Dark.” And he made headlines this summer for his entrance.

In the movie, a call was made by an amateur participant and hit a straight. But he lost to a right.

“And that’s why you don’t play 10-4 off-suit.” the announcer said.

With eight players left in a tournament in the Playground Poker Club in Montreal, the amateur got it all-in on the turn drawing into a chop. Needing a queen on the river merely to stay alive, he got his card that was lucky. The difference between the payout and first place was almost $400,000.

Are Poker Experts Unkind to Fish Amateurs?

There’s been much debate in the poker community concerning the decrease in players nowadays. Because there were so many amateurs because most players will agree, games were softer partially.

It’s not quite as easy to feast players off today. Therefore, it’s clear why Cody needs the poker community to refrain from bashing against amateurs. They could be scared by insulting them away in the game, which is bad for poker ecosystem.

Were in agreement. Some, including the poster, felt PNIA just practiced standard headline plans.

Well done Jake. You are absolutely right that the movie title & the commentary itself are inexcusable, although I’m sure it is YouTube click-bait. This”cool experts” vs”clueless amateurs” story is bullshit & nothing but harmful for the community and game.

— Lee Jones (@leehjones) November 27, 2018

Poker tells expert and writer Zachary Elwood called the YouTube video games as”horrible.” Another poster called PNIA”f*cking clowns.”

“Poker Night in America” hasn’t yet publicly reacted to Cody’s criticisms.

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Royal Hangout Hurlingham Club Slammed for Hosting Teen Poker Night

A poker night hosted by the uber-elite Hurlingham Club in London has been called”staggeringly ill-conceived” by anti-gambling urges for allowing teenagers to enter.

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The exclusive Hurlingham Club in London has come under fire for hosting for teens. (Picture: rarearchitecture.com)

Part of the private members club parties, the Las Vegas-style poker night will take place. The West London place is regarded as a regular haunt for celebrities and members of the royal family but it will welcome.

Interesting Event Draws Serious Criticism

Tickets for the poker night will start at #22/$28 and the company helping to run the tournament has insisted no money will change hands and that it’s just for fun. Reacting to do their best James Bond impressions, critics have said the Hurlingham Club are placing acting.

Tory peer Lord Chadlington explained that children are being put at risk by events like this.

“Kids are being groomed to bet. We must pay far more attention to the serious effects of gambling-related injury and this reinforces the need for urgent care, especially to protect kids,” Chadlington told The Telegraph.

Turning Point for UK Gambling

The criticism comes at a time when the UK gaming industry is undergoing a variety of changes. Following calls to change the maximum bet for fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs), the British government has announced a new series of steps that will come into effect in 2019.

Ahead of lowering FOBT wagers from $128.50 to $2.50 in April, the government will increase remote gambling tax to 21 percent. It’s forced operators to search for new opportunities, although the move was welcomed by those wanting controls on gaming companies.

Following the demise of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), William Hill has expanded its network of partners in the Usa . Like William Hill, Paddy Power and Ladbrokes Coral have also sought to increase their offerings out the United Kingdom.

Despite the regulatory changes, critics of the UK gaming industry continue to be outspoken. In light of the Hurlingham Club poker calls for limitations have come to fore.

When asked to comment on its teenage poker night, a spokesperson for the Hurlingham Club declined to give a comment to The Telegraph.

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Frenchman Jerome L’Hostis Wins GUKPT Grand Final for $180K

The 2018 GUKPT Grand Final has come to a conclusion following another strong turnout inside London’s Victoria Casino.

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Frenchman Jerome L’Hostis (left) wins the 2018 GUKPT Grand Final after beating local pro Tamer Kamel heads-up. (Image: Twitter/Grosvenor Poker)

Continuing its current upswing, this year’s #2,140/$2,750 GUKPT Grand Final stands as the second biggest ever and the hottest since the entry free increased from #1,050/$1,350. With the cashiers collecting 325 buy-ins, the prizepool broke its $515,000 warranty, meaning the eventual winner took home the lion’s share of $834,000.

GUKPT Regs Out in Force

Two Day 1 sessions, following, 12 hours of play on November 24 left only 20 players with chips ahead of Day 3. Leading the way at the start of the Last session was Julien Sitbon ahead of tour regulars Ludovic Geilich and GUKPT Blackpool winner Yiannis Liperis and Ali Mallu.

But, once Day 3 was in full swing, it was Jerome L’Hostis that found a way to win. Starting the session fourth in chips, the Frenchman was content to sit back and let his opponents do of the hard work before seizing his opportunity.

Currently enjoying at the thanks in August’s EPT National Barcelona occasion to $176,308 score, L’Hostis took the lead. Although he locked up the second largest payout, his performance earned him the name of 2018 GUKPT Grand Final Champion and an additional $25,700.

L’Hostis Plays His Cards

In closing the event out, L’Hostis did not give his opponent Tamer Kamel. Constantly jabbing at the local pro, L’Hostis finally got over the line with A♠4♦.

Moving all-in in the button, the French ace found a willing caller in Kamel with K♦8♦. Knowing he needed to make a pair or better to remain alive, Kamel sat quietly as the flop rolled out: 10♥Q♠Q♦.

Despite receiving some additional outs when the 9♥  landed on the turn, it was L’Hostis who raked in the final pot of the tournament following the 3♦ attracted the GUKPT Grand Final to a close. Commenting on his performance, the GUKPT champion said that it was a tough final table but he let his cards do most of the talking.

GUKPT Grand Final Result

Jerome L’Hostis — $180,429*Tamer Kamel — $141,316*Ben Morrison — $158,210*Julien Sitbon — $60,121Paul Barnes — $40,851Ludovic Geilich — $30,058Carlos Sanchez Diaz — $23,378Matas Cimbolas — $19,267Tarjei Forus — $15,799

*Denotes a deal

With the conclusion of the 2018 GUKPT Grand Final, season 12 was also brought to a close. For Grosvenor Casinos, it’s been another year. As well as numbers being up during the season, the gaming operator formed a partnership with former boxing champion, David Haye.

Set to take part in the 2019 GUKPT Goliath, Haye is currently going to conquer the largest poker tournament out of Las Vegas.

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PokerStars Inks Eldorado Deal; Is Nevada Online Gambling In The Cards?

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Thanks to a new agreement with Eldorado Resorts, the parent company of PokerStars could eventually have a digital presence in as many as 13 US states.

According to a media release from the Stars Group (TSG), it is going to provide real-money gambling — including internet poker — through Eldorado’s license for a period of 20 years. The deal appears to be online-only, and execution is contingent upon the landscape in every market.

“The agreement grants The Stars Group the choice to own, operate and brand real-money online sports gambling, casino and poker offerings in each of the applicable states subject to license accessibility, state law and regulatory approvals. As it pertains to sports gambling, The Stars Group’s choices will provide first skin accessibility in nations where Eldorado owns or operates more than 1 casino property and second skin accessibility in all other applicable states.”

This new partnership does not seem to affect the existing sports gambling alliance between Eldorado and William Hill:

“Pursuant to the terms of the agreement announced between William Hill and Eldorado on September 5, 2018, William Hill US stays Eldorado’s exclusive provider for land-based retail sports wagering and has agreed to the Company’s agreement with TSG. William Hill US will share in the economics of The Stars Group transaction and will have access to Eldorado’s first and third skin for internet sports betting in all states.”

Eldorado positioned for online gambling, sports

Eldorado currently operates casino properties in 13 states. The new union doesn’t include access into two large ones — Pennsylvania and New Jersey — since PokerStars has existing partnerships in both.

Several other Eldorado states have legalized online gambling and/or sports and legislative action is being contemplated by many more.

Online gamblingSports bettingLegislative interestColorado✔FloridaIllinois✔Indiana✔Iowa✔Louisiana✔Mississippi✔Missouri✔Nevada✔✔–New Jersey✔✔–Ohio✔Pennsylvania✔✔–West Virginia✔✔An eye toward the future for PokerStars

Eldorado might be timelines for internet haul behind those for expansion in most states, although set up. Some that have begun regulating sports have held the reins on wagering.

Mobile gambling in Mississippi is limited to on-property, for example, and West Virginia has yet to establish any online/mobile sports gambling options.

Taking into consideration the deal doesn’t cover markets that are live in PA or NJ, it seems that PokerStars is mainly positioning its chess pieces for a future attack. Eldorado provides one point of entry, and it could be a tricky one for PokerStars to browse.

Nevada is the market in question.

The Nevada problem

At a glance, the deal appears to grant PokerStars instant access to Nevada. However, PokerStars is a persona non grata in the state, when it comes to poker.

As OPR previously reported:

“Present iGaming law in Nevada (with”bad-actor” language) appears to preclude that online poker operator [PokerStars] from serving the country into perpetuity. Barring a change in the law, which is unlikely to come, PokerStars is probably shut out of profiting from the compact.”

Don’t think that’s right. Timeout is for persons that are covered. No timeout for covered assets.

— Chris Grove (@OPReport) October 13, 2017

It’s uncertain if from procuring an internet poker license the bad-actor/tainted-asset clause which has prevented PokerStars carries over to sports. Despite the fact that it’s a part of the internet gaming bill of the state, the language doesn’t specifically mention poker. The clause(s) could apply to other types of gambling.

PokerStars did not previously offer sports gambling in the united states, but it did provide online poker. I find it difficult to fathom that a nonuniform restriction would be imposed by the Nevada Gaming Control Board .

It would be a circle for regulators to square. While allowing online sports while prohibiting a PokerStars online poker website gambling to be offered by TSG would probably raise a few eyebrows.

California Tribes Get Their Hands Dirty

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California gaming tribes and the state’s licensed card rooms are embroiled in a longstanding feud over the so-called”California” versions of traditional house-banked card games such as blackjack and pai gow poker.

At least two California tribes have had enough.

On Nov. 16, the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians and the Santa Ynez of Chumash Mission Indians filed a lawsuit against many card rooms offering these matches.

The action could lead to some closure. In actuality, this issue is one of the underlying reasons a compromise on online poker has been so elusive in California.

Non-poker games at California card rooms

Blackjack and other house-banked games have been a reality in California card rooms for 30 years.

Operators skirt by turning them into games, the law that limits their offerings. The deal rotates among the players as it does with the house taking a cut that is predetermined, in poker.

These matches were branded”California” games and have been referenced in other state laws. You can have a deeper dive into the processes here.

Not surprisingly casinos have cried foul.

As much as tribes believe that they have rights to all casino gambling, it’s not so much the offering of these games which have the tribes mad. The complaint takes issue with the way the deal has been rotated — or not rotated.

Opinion escalates the Issue

Before the fuse was lit by a 2007 opinion from ruler Rob Lytle on the powder keg california games were a controversial topic.

Lytle’s opinion concluded that the deal did not have to be rotated amongst the players. The house do enough to satisfy the law by simply offering the option. His letter rubber stamped third party proposition players’ use which act as de facto dealers when players decline.

Of note, Lytle submitted the letter ten days before he resigned to begin a career. He also acquired stakes in a number.

You can read more about the third party banking process in this old-but-relevant 2+2 article  on this issue.

State regulators offer a fix that is light-touch

Tribes believed a decision might go their way in 2016, when the state’s Attorney General office said it was reviewing the matter:

“Effective immediately, the Bureau’s letter of December 20, 2007, is suspended pending review of the Bureau’s inspection and game approval process. By June 30, 2016, the Bureau will issue a notification of the revised enforcement and match approval practice about the turning of the player-dealer position at a controlled game.”

However, the end result was far less than the tribes had expected for and did little to quell the animosity.

The following is provided for by the new rules:

No one person or entity may hold or otherwise be involved in the position for 60 minutes. The player-dealer position must rotate to a different person or entity, away from someone or entity within a 60-minute period. The 60-minute period commences upon approval of the player-dealer position.Upon failure of fulfillment of any of the requirements of drama identified in paragraph 2, the game must end, and that a new game can’t start for at least two minutes.Immediate notification to all players that the game has ended, cards or tiles can’t be dealt, and wagers can’t be made. The dealer tray must be covered during this time to indicate that the game has ended.Shuffling of all cards or tiles upon the opening of a new game.

The new policies were reported as a triumph for the tribes, but it was far from the overwhelming victory they had sought.

What will the courts say?

A lawsuit (something that’s been hinted at for many years) is a last-ditch effort, as a tribal victory is far from a guarantee. In actuality, it might be quite harmful if they lose. Not only would it embolden card rooms, but the courts may even reduce limitations that are current.

Here’s why this is a decision.

California games are the very definition of exploiting a loophole, but they entrenched in the country. Any increase in restrictions could make it impossible to do so reluctantly while operators have been offering them for decades. As the California Gaming Association has noticed, that could cost the state thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in earnings.

Bottom line: The suit involve several stages of appeal and could go either way.