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New York Online Poker Push Begins All Over Again

New York online poker

Another year and another online poker bill has surfaced in the New York legislature, but this time with a new face. On Monday, State Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. (D-15th) pre-filed SB 18 in preparation for the new session, which kicks off on Wednesday in Albany. Addabbo takes the baton from State Senator John Bonacic (R-42nd),…Read More

Esports Grows — and Shows Growing Pains — During Tumultuous 2018

This was the year that esports video games went from being played in college dorm rooms and parents’ basements to a 30,000-square foot arena on the Las Vegas Strip. Esports made its move towards the mainstream and, in doing so, caught the attention of the casino industry, which made several attempts to join the video…Read More

Stars Group Off the Hook for $870 Million as Appeals Court Shoots Down ‘Absurd’ Kentucky Clawback Lawsuit

The Stars Group

Shares in PokerStars parent The Stars Group shot up nearly eight percent on Friday after a panel of Kentucky appellate judges called a fine imposed on the group in 2015 “an absurd and unjust result.” The panel reversed a 2015 judgment by Judge Thomas Wingate which held The Stars Group liable for $870 million —…Read More

Israel Poker Bill Would Reclassify Card Game as a Sport, Legalize Activity

Israel poker gambling legal

Legislation in Israel would reclassify poker as a sport, not gambling, and remove severe penalties that potentially face those who currently play the card game. The Supreme Court of Israel recently ruled that poker is a “game of skill” rather than a “game of chance.” Judge Neal Hendel said in his reasoning “the fact that…Read More

Hustler Card Room GM Donates Poker Tournament Win to SoCal Fire Disaster Relief Efforts

The general manager of the Hustler Casino in Gardena, California made good on some run good at the poker table: Rob Reid initially entered his own casino’s Veterans Day 10K guaranteed tournament just to add to the pot and encourage more players to join. By the time it was over, he was one of four…Read More

Texas Poker Game Killer Pleads Guilty Three Days into Trial as Prosecution Produces Damning Confession

Eric Norris

A man accused of shooting to death a poker player in Stafford, Texas, four years ago changed his plea to guilty mid-trial on Wednesday. Eric Norris, 28, had been charged with capital murder, aggravated robbery, and aggravated assault in relation to the death of Missouri City businessman Donald Leonetti at a private, high-stakes poker game….Read More

New York Poker Pro Hit with Federal Charges in Massive Pot Distribution Case

Micah Raskin pot charges

New York poker pro Micah Raskin is now facing federal charges in Maryland connected to his February arrest on Long Island, when was busted for allegedly possessing more than 350 pounds of marijuana. According to reporting by the Baltimore Sun, Raskin was charged in US District Court on Oct. 1 with distributing 100 kilograms or…Read More

Bobby Baldwin — Longtime Las Vegas Casino Executive and Former Poker Pro — Exiting MGM Resorts

Bobby Baldwin leaving MGM

MGM Resorts International announced Thursday that veteran executive Bobby Baldwin will be leaving the company later this year. Baldwin has been the president and CEO of Project CityCenter since 2005, and also serves as the chief customer development officer for MGM. Contribution to Gaming ‘Immeasurable’ Previously, Baldwin had served as the president of the Bellagio…Read More

Boyaa Interactive CEO Imprisoned in China on Bribery Charges

The CEO of online games company Boyaa Interactive will serve a 12-month prison sentence in China for bribery. The Hong Kong-based social games outfit announced Friday that Zhang Wei had failed in his appeal to have the charges quashed by the Higher People’s Court of Shenzhen and had resigned as CEO. He was initially sentenced…Read More

Matt Damon and Edward Norton Cheated Bob and Harvey Weinstein at Poker

Matt Damon, Edward Norton, Rounders

Matt Damon and Edward Norton once fleeced Bob Weinstein and his disgraced brother, Harvey Weinstein, at poker. The pair employed cheating skills they learned preparing for Rounders, the classic 1998 poker movie that the Weinsteins themselves produced through their company Miramax. It’s been two decades since the release of Rounders. The movie was a box-office…Read More

PokerStars to Launch Virtual Reality Poker Platform, PokerStars VR

PokerStars VR

PokerStars gave gamers a sneak peek of its new virtual reality online poker platform this week, at the EuroGamer Expo in Birmingham, UK. PokerStars VR is still in closed beta-testing phase with a release date to be decided, but it was in a sufficient state of readiness to offer expo-goers a fully immersive poker environment…Read More

Poker Pro William Kassouf Banned by UK Grosvenor Casinos for Stealing £100 in Chips: Stripped of Sponsorship

Motormouth poker player William Kassouf has been banned from all Grosvenor casinos for palming £100 ($132) chips off a roulette table. Grosvenor is the UK’s largest casino chain and was Kassouf’s sponsor until the incident last weekend. The trouble occurred at the Grosvenor Westgate Casino during the Leeds leg of the Grosvenor UK Poker series….Read More

Talking Stick Casino Appeals for Patience After Monsoon Causes Evacuation of Players with Cash Stuck in Slots

Talking Stick Casino

The Talking Stick Casino in Scottsdale, Arizona will remain shuttered until August 19, management have said, after a monsoon in the early hours of Saturday morning caused the complete evacuation of the casino. Around 600 casino players, hotel guests, and employees were ushered out of the casino at about 2am after water from multiple storms flooded…Read More

UK Poker Champ Ordered to Turn Prize Over to Taxman to Atone for Past Crimes

Adam Lulat

In March, British poker player Adam Lulat won the Grosvenor United Kingdom Poker Tour (GUKPT) main event for £70,000. This week, he was ordered to surrender all his winnings to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) or face prison time. In 2015, Lulat was sentenced to 28 months for his role in a £40 million…Read More

John Cynn Wins $8.8 Million World Series of Poker Main Event, Final Heads-Up Match Longest in Tournament’s History

John Cynn

The 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event wound to a lengthy end in the wee hours on Sunday morning, and Indianapolis poker pro John Cynn was the victor of the $8.8 million dollar first prize. Cynn also received the accompanying 18-carat white gold, 120 diamond-encrusted champion’s bracelet worth an estimated half-million on its own,…Read More