Tom Breitling, the chairman of Ultimate Poker, has not told the media how many people have actually been playing during the first week. However, it is clear that Ultimate Poker has become an extremely popular online gaming hub since its launch. Over 100,000 new users had registered accounts by Friday evening. Those players came from every state in the U.S. and over 20 different countries.
Breitling said that he was very surprised that so many people created accounts outside of Nevada even though they currently aren’t allowed to access the site. He believes that many of these people may be planning trips to Las Vegas in the near future and want to have an Ultimate Poker account so that they can play when they arrive.
Tobin Prior, the CEO of Ultimate Gambling, said that Ultimate Poker was probably the most popular poker room in Nevada last week. People were playing on more than 50 poker tables by Friday evening.
Nearly 60% of Ultimate Poker is owned by Nevada based Station Casinos. Frank and Lorenzo Feritta, the owners of Station Casinos, are optimistic about the future of Ultimate Poker. They have said that many people are registering both through their casinos and the new website. They seem confident that the new site will help draw even more players into their casinos.
Many industry experts feel that the new figures show that Nevada can create a thriving online gaming industry. However, they will need to wait to see how well Ultimate Poker is going to fare when its competitors launch online gaming sites in the coming year.
The new bill is believed to restrict casino games to online poker. However, the bill would also give more power to state lotteries than previous bills. These changes could significantly increase the odds that King’s bill will be passed.
Reid’s bill was criticized by several groups including state lotteries and the National Governor’s Association for failing to consider the needs of the state lotteries. His bill would have allowed the lotteries to offer a few types of lottery games, but the interest groups felt that the bill didn’t give enough consideration to them.
Reid’s bill was also criticized by other state lawmakers and gaming providers throughout the country. They felt that Reid’s bill was written to give Nevada a disparate competitive advantage over other states offering online gambling. The gaming industry feels that Nevada Senators Reid and Dean Heller can’t be objective about creating an online gambling because their state has too much at stake with their gaming industry.
Kevin Fogarty, a spokesperson for King, said that his bill will be much more equitable for gaming providers throughout the country. Fogarty didn’t reveal any of the specific details about the new bill, but believes it will be better received by other lawmakers than the last bill. He said that the bill will be introduced in the House in the near future.
Experts are still trying to understand what changes would arise from a federal gaming bill. However, most agree that a federal bill would probably overturn any regulations passed by individual states.
This will be a major step for the Bahama’s gambling industry. The country had previously banned anyone outside of the country to gamble while visiting. The new bill would permit people to gamble through a website based in the Bahamas as long as they are based in a region that allows online gambling.
Damien Gomez, the Minister of State for Legal Affairs, said that the bill has been under consideration for nearly a year. Gomez said that many people raised concerns that the bill could encourage fraud and gambling addictions. They were also concerned that citizens from countries were online gambling has been banned may try to circumvent the laws in their own jurisdiction.
Gomez said that the government has already taken these concerns into consideration and has imposed the necessary safeguards. He said that players would need to be physically present before they can participate. They will also need to show proof of citizenship to verify that they are from a jurisdiction that allows online gambling.
Lawmakers said that this provision would effectively bar U.S. tourists from participating in online gambling. However, it may create some confusion because some U.S. citizens may come from states that have already passed laws to legalize online gambling.
The new law will be beneficial to the Bahama’s economy. However, the bill is not expected to drive the country’s tourism industry because it won’t lead to an influx of players who can’t participate in their home country.
The tribe is currently creating a website to offer online gambling. However, they said that their site will not allow people to play for real money. John Cloutier, a spokesperson from the tribe, said that allowing real money gambling would be reckless. He said that many lawmakers have been debating the potential benefits of online gambling since the election was held in November.
Cloutier and other people in the political scene criticized lawmakers for considering online gambling in the first place. He claims that he has spoken with regulators and public health officials in other communities that have regulated online gambling. Cloutier said that most of those discussions indicate that online gambling carries more risks than benefits.
Cotter said that there are already a number of casinos, bars and other venues for people to play the state lottery. He said that allowing people to gamble from home could encourage irresponsible gambling habits. He also said that only a few other states have offered online lottery sales and said that those initiatives haven’t been very successful.
Cloutier said that Cotter has mixed motivations for taking this position. Cotter is affiliated with one of the most successful Native American casinos in Michigan. Cloutier is also opposed to legalizing online gambling, but he doesn’t seem to fully agree with Cotter’s approach. He believes that the decision to legalize or prohibit online gambling should be made by the citizens of Michigan. He thinks that the measure should go to a vote in the next election.
Some lawmakers are still determined to expand gambling in Illinois in spite of Quinn’s objections. Senate President John Cullerton has recently announced that he intends to introduce a new bill to legalize online gambling.
Industry experts are weighing the likelihood that an online gaming bill will be passed. Quinn said that he had reservations about passing the previous bill because lawmakers introduced the online gaming provision at the last moment. He believes that lawmakers will need to spend more time studying the implications of online gambling before he will legalize it. Cullerton feels that lawmakers will study online gambling more carefully if they consider it a separate bill. This may increase the odds that Quinn will sign the legislation.
Dave Ferrara of Pokerfuse.com is pessimistic that Illinois will sign an online poker bill this session. However, he said that Cullerton’s new bill is a significant milestone towards legalizing online gambling. The new bill will at least draw attention to online gambling which could increase the likelihood that a bill will be signed in the near future.
The gaming community hopes that Illinois will pass a bill to legalize online gambling this year. The state has over 13 million people and would help increase the base of potential players and player liquidity throughout the United States.
Gaming industry experts have that a lack of clarity on online gaming laws has created a number of challenges for people throughout the country. The European Union created a uniform set of guidelines that all member states are supposed to follow. However, many countries have passed legislation that conflicts with the EU principles.
The EU has warned member states that they need to comply with the other laws that the EU has set in place, but hasn’t taken any serious action against any of them. Many critics are skeptical that the EU will ever force these countries to abide by the free trade laws they have instituted.
Germany has one of the largest online poker markets in the world. However, German lawmakers passed a law that bans online poker last year. Many activists have demanded that Germany reverse this legislation and threatened to file a formal complaint with the European Council. The EC has said that the law violates the free trade treaties, but hasn’t taken any steps to reverse the law.
Preetam Kaushik recently wrote an article in the Huffington Post regarding the political uncertainty in Europe. Kaushik stated that the European Council and the lawmakers of the individual member states will need to strive for a more harmonious relationship among EU member states. He also said that many countries have been passing legislation to discourage online poker.]]>
The new bill has been referred to the House’s Gaming Oversight Committee. Davis has already made several revisions to the bill since it was first drafted last year. She hopes that the bill will be voted on this session.
Many experts have started reviewing the new legislation. The bill was rumored to contain a clause that would prohibit companies from applying for online gaming licenses if they offered online gaming in the United States after the UIGEA was passed. Those rumors turned out to be false, but the bill does include provisions that offer a competitive advantage to existing land based casinos.
Lawmakers want to ensure that the state regulator will be able to oversee any companies that offer online gaming within the state’s borders. Davis’s bill only allows companies to apply for an online gaming license if they already have a license to operate a slot machine in Pennsylvania. The bill includes a list of locations throughout the state that would be eligible to file an application.
The draft of the new bill calls for a 28% tax on all revenues generated from rakes and tournament fees for online gambling competitions. The bill will not tax earnings from players. This provision is expected to generate a substantial amount of money for the state. The bill also originally called for a $16.7 million licensing fee. The bill has since been revised to reduce the licensing fees to $5 million.
Davis hopes that the new legislation will be passed soon. Pennsylvania casinos are in close competition with gaming providers in New Jersey and Delaware. Both neighboring states have already passed laws that legalize online gambling and Pennsylvania lawmakers hope that they can avoid losing ground.
Oregon passed legislation in the 80s which encourage social gaming. Many gambling providers used this legislation to start card rooms throughout the state. Parrish said this probably isn’t what the original legislators had in mind and feels that the laws will need to be changed.
Harry Esteve, a contributor to the Oregonian, has said that the new proposal has received backlash from occasional gamblers throughout the state. One young entrepreneur said that she enjoys playing Texas Hold’Em at local poker clubs during her time off. She said that the poker rooms give her a safe environment to play. She feels that reversing the existing legislation could cause more harm than good as many people would likely play through underground poker rooms.
However, Parrish feels that the poker rooms have created many problems throughout the state. She wants poker to be restricted to religious and other nonprofit organizations. Parrish has received support from Tina Kotek, the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Kotek said that the existing legislation is too lenient and caused gambling to become too widespread.
The founders of many poker rooms feel that the new legislation is unfair and unnecessary. John Orgai, the owner of a local poker club, said that he isn’t running a large casino. He said that he manages a small business that the entire community benefits from. Orgai said that unlike a Las Vegas casino he charges an entry fee at the door instead of charging a rake.
Most members of the community have protested the proposal and hope that Kotek and Parrish will change their position. However, Parrish is adamant that the laws need to be reformed. She said that many poker rooms aren’t following the laws as they are already written and states that they will need to be held accountable.
PokerStars officially filed an online gaming application on Thursday. Their application is being reviewed by the state’s gaming regulators, who will make a decision within the next 90 days.
Experts aren’t sure what PokerStars’s odds are of receiving an online gaming license. Some government officials have called for bad actor clauses to prevent PokerStars and other operators that violated the UIGEA from receiving licenses. Bad actor clauses were not included, but the gaming regulator may still be wary to of offering them an online gaming license.
The American Gaming Association protested PokerStars’s acquisition of the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel and argued that the gaming provider should not be allowed to offer online gaming in New Jersey. The AGA even called the poker giant a criminal enterprise and filed a number of motions to bar them from servicing the state’s online gaming market.
A spokesperson from PokerStars said that the AGA’s statements are nothing more than economic warfare. Eric Hollreiser, Head of PokerStars’s division of Corporate Communications, pointed out that Caesars Entertainment is one of the most influential members of the AGA. Hollreiser said that Caesar’s is pressuring the AGA to file complaints against PokerStars after the online poker giant refused to participate in a merger with the Nevada based casino.
Another official also stated that PokerStars never admitted to any wrongdoing when they settled their charges with the Department of Justice. Therefore, the company’s attorneys believe that PokerStars shouldn’t be excluded from offering online gaming in any of the states that have passed online gaming bills.
The Atlantic Club is owned by Colony Capital LLC. Colony Capital was optimistic about the new deal with PokerStars, but insisted that the online gaming provider secure an online gaming license by last Friday before they would finalize the deal. PokerStars did not secure an online gaming license which has caused the deal to collapse.
New Jersey gaming regulators recently told PokerStars that they may not make a decision for another three months. Colony Capital may still uphold the agreement, but may be less likely to do so if PokerStars takes too long to secure a license.
These new developments will further complicate PokerStars’s attempts to reenter the United States online gaming market. Many interest groups have protested allowing the company to participate in the United States. The American Gaming Association has been lobbying to prohibit the company from being allowed to offer online gaming in New Jersey or any other state that has regulated online gambling.
PokerStars has countered their allegations, stating that the AGA is retaliating against them for not agreeing to a merger with Caesars Entertainment. PokerStars also continues to maintain that it hasn’t violated any online gaming laws in the United States and cooperated with the United States Department of Justice in its civil lawsuit.
However, they will be unable to receive an online gaming license without a physical gaming license in New Jersey. This has created a Catch-22 because Colony Capital may not allow them to purchase the Atlantic Club until a gaming license has been secured.]]>