Poker Legal Issues (125 Articles)



There are many unanswered legal questions currently swirling around the world of poker. Is poker a game of chance or luck? Is it illegal to play poker in the United States? In what countries is poker fully legal and regulated? We'll attempt to answer some of those questions, and more, in this section.

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Bryan Micon Set To Return To Las Vegas To Face Charge

According to reports, Bryan Micon is set to return to Las Vegas next week to face a single charge of running an unlicensed interactive gaming site.

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Bryan Micon Charged With Felony in Nevada

Bryan Micon was formally charged with one count of operating an unlicensed interactive gaming system in Nevada earlier today and faces up to 10 years in jail.

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Presidential Candidate Rand Paul Speaks About Online Gambling

Rand Paul, who recently announced his intentions to run for President of the United States in 2016, has said that he opposes any attempts to ban online gambling in the country.

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Judge: Borgata's Lawsuit Against Phil Ivey Can Move Forward

A judge ruled last week that the Borgata's lawsuit against Phil Ivey can proceed. The Borgata alleges that Ivey used edge sorting to win over $9 million.

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Report: Sheldon Adelson May Be Reason Why Pokerstars Hasn't Been Granted Access To New Jersey's Online Poker Market

According to a report in BusinessInsider.com, Gov. Chris Christie and Sheldon Adelson are likely the reasons why Pokerstars hasn't been granted a NJ online poker license as of yet.

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Pokerstars is Suing Erick Lindgren For Millions

Pokerstars recently filed a lawsuit against Erick Lindgren, claiming that the former Team Full Tilt member owes them $2.5 million.

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Shares of Amaya, Inc. Down 18% After Securities Investigation Revealed

Shares of Amaya, Inc. tumbled nearly 20% today after the company revealed that Quebec's securities regulator is conducting a probe into the company.

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Crisis Averted: Omnibus Spending Bill Does Not Include Restore America's Wire Act

Sheldon Adelson was once again unsuccessful in his attempts to ban online gambling in the United States after the omnibus spending bill did not contain RAWA.

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All Eyes on the Omnibus Bill

The omnibus spending bill in the United States could potentially result in the inclusion of the Restore America's Wire Act bill.

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Phil Ivey Appealing Crockfords Court Ruling

Phil Ivey and his legal team have launched an appeal of a recent ruling by Britain's High Court.

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Another Round of Full Tilt Poker Payments Set For Middle of June

The Garden City Group announced that there will be another round of payments heading out in the middle of June.

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American Gaming Association Pulls Support For Legalized Online Gambling in US

Thanks to Sheldon Adelson, the American Gaming Association is no longer going to support legalized online gambling in the United States.

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Phil Ivey Sued By The Borgata for $9.6 Million

According to a recent report, the Borgata is suing Phil Ivey for nearly $10 million after they alleged that Ivey had used edge sorting to win millions.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott Supports Ban on Internet Gaming

Florida Governor Rick Scott has come out in support of a federal ban on Internet gaming in the United States.

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National Conference of State Legislatures Comes Out Against "Restoration of America's Wire Act"

The National Conference of State Legislatures officially came out against the Restoration of America's Wire Act earlier today.

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Coalition To Stop Internet Gambling Releases New Video

The Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling released their newest video today, with this one focusing on underage gambling.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, Rep. Jason Chaffetz Introduce "Restoration of Americaís Wire Act" Bill

A bill was introduced earlier today that would seek to reverse the 2011 ruling by the US Justice Department on the Wire Act.

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First Round of Full Tilt Poker Payments To Be Sent This Friday

According to the GCG, the first round of Full Tilt Poker payments will be sent out this Friday.

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Arrest Made in Borgata Counterfeit Chip Scandal

Christian Lusardi has been arrested in connection with the Borgata chip scandal that forced the cancellation of an event at the Borgata Winter Poker Open.

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PPA: DOJ Approves Release of $82 Million in FTP Player Funds

According to the PPA, approximately $82 million has been earmarked for released by the US government to 30,000 Full Tilt Poker petitioners.

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New Jersey Suspends Review of Pokerstars' Online Gambling License Application For Two Years

New Jersey has decided to suspend the license application of Pokerstars for a period of two years, barring some changes at the company.

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Sheldon Adelson Begins Attack Against Internet Gambling

Sheldon Adelson's three hired guns fired up their anti-online gambling campaign earlier this week - will it work?

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Sheldon Adelson Readies Attack Against Online Gambling

Sheldon Adelson will reportedly push hard for a federal ban on online gambling in 2014, as he plans on spending heavily towards the cause.

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Bloomberg: Credit Card Acceptance An Issue in New US Markets

Numerous banks, including Wells Fargo and Bank of America, continue to disallow credit card transactions involving online gaming, even in legalized US markets.

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Pokerstars: Big Plans For New Jersey - If We Get a License

Pokerstars has revealed their plans for the New Jersey market, should they be approved for a license.

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Garden City Group Updates The State of Full Tilt Poker Claims Process

Garden City Group updated the state of the Full Tilt Poker claims process earlier this week.

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News Update: Mark Scheinberg Forfeits $50 Million, Jerry Buss Honored at the World Series of Poker

Mark Scheinberg forfeited $50 million to the US government, while Jerry Buss was honored at the World Series of Poker.

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Judge Rules Against Pokerstars in Atlantic Club Dispute

A New Jersey judge has ruled against Pokerstars in their bid to try and purchase the Atlantic Club casino.

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Colony Capital LLC and Atlantic Club Responds to Pokerstars' Lawsuit

Colony Capital and the Atlantic Club responded to the Rational Group in New Jersey court earlier today, as they seek to lift a temporary restraining order.

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Crockfords: Flaw in Card Design Gave Ivey Edge

Crockfords will allege that Phil Ivey took advantage of a flaw in card design as they attempt to defend themselves against a multi-million dollar lawsuit.

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Pokerstars/Atlantic Club Deal Turns Ugly

The deal that the Rational Group entered into to purchase the Atlantic Club has turned ugly in recent days.

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DoJ Names Claims Administrator For Repayment of Full Tilt Poker's US Players

Earlier today, the US Department of Justice named the Claims Administrator for the funds that belong to Full Tilt Poker's US players.

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Forbes: Caesars Entertainment Offered Rio, World Series of Poker to Pokerstars

According to a recent Forbes article, Caesars Entertainment reportedly offered the Rio and World Series of Poker brand to Pokerstars.

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Governor Christie Signs New Jersey Online Gaming Bill Into Law

New Jersey has become the second state to legalize online gaming after Gov. Christie signed the online gaming bill into law earlier today.

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Nevada Passes Online Gambling Bill

Earlier today, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed into law Assembly Bill 114 which legalizes online gaming in the state of Nevada.

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Chris "Jesus" Ferguson Settles Civil Case With DoJ

Chris Ferguson, former Full Tilt Poker shareholder, has settled his civil case with the US Department of Justice.

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New Jersey Lawmakers Expected To Vote on Revamped Internet Gaming Bill by February 26th

The New Jersey online gaming bill is expected to be voted on again by members of New Jersey's legislature by February 26th.

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New Jersey Moves Closer to Offering Internet Gaming

New Jersey has moved one step closer to offering Internet gaming after Governor Christie's conditional veto earlier today.

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Howard Lederer Settles With US Government

Howard Lederer has settled his civil suit with the US government in a deal that was inked earlier this week.

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Harry Reid: No Federal Online Poker Bill in 2012

Senate Majority leader Harry Reid has thrown in the towel on passing a federal online poker bill in 2012.

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Rafe Furst Enters Into Settlement Agreement With US Government

Rafe Furst, allegedly one of Tiltware LLC's shareholders, has entered into a settlement agreement with the US government.

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Sheldon Adelson Gets Shut Out on Election Night

Online poker foe Sheldon Adelson got shut out on election night after spending roughly $60 million of his own money.

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Lederer Files: Howard Blasts Ivey, Lindgren, Juanda, Gordon and Others

In his first interview since Black Friday, Howard Lederer points the finger of blame at many others.

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Howard Lederer Breaks His Silence

Howard Lederer recently gave his first interview to Pokernews.com after many months of silence.

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Fitch Ratings Service: Don't Bet on Passage of Federal Online Gaming Bill This Year

Don't hold your breathe for the passage of a federal online gaming bill in the United States anytime soon.

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Surprise! Official 2012 GOP Platform Is Anti-Online Poker

The official 2012 GOP platform supports the prohibition of online gambling and a reversal of a key Justice Department decision last year.

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United States District Judge: Poker Is a Game of Skill

A highly respected judge just overturned a conviction after ruling that poker is predominantly a game of skill and not chance.

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Pokerstars Officially Closes Deal With US Department of Justice

Pokerstars has officially closed their deal with the US Department of Justice, and now the re-opening of Full Tilt Poker can move forward.

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Pokerstars, Full Tilt Poker Enter Into Settlement With US Government

Pokerstars and Full Tilt Poker have officially entered into a settlement with the US government - players will receive 100% of their balances.

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The Wait Continues

The wait for the Full Tilt Poker / Pokerstars deal continues as no announcement was made earlier today.

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Pokerstars/Full Tilt Poker Announcement This Monday?

Is there a Full Tilt Poker / Pokerstars announcement coming on Monday? Is this saga finally going to end?

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PS/FTP: Rumors Circulated, Rumors Dispelled

Rumors continue to fly, but no deal between Pokerstars and Full Tilt Poker and the DoJ has been consummated as of yet.

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Ray Bitar Arrested By US Authorities

Ray Bitar, CEO of Full Tilt Poker, was arrested by US authorities after returning to the USA earlier today.

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Online Gambling Companies Coughing Up Millions to Gain Entry to Regulated Spanish Market

Spanish authorities are taking their pound of flesh for potential licensees by demanding the payment of back taxes.

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Calvin Ayre Indicted; Bodog.com Seized

Calvin Ayre, founder of Bodog, has been indicted by federal prosecutors in Maryland and Bodog.com has been seized.

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No Dice: Federal Poker Legislation Will Have to Wait

Federal online poker legislation has been put on hold once again after an online poker amendment wasn't added to the payroll tax bill.

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Online Gaming Amendment To Be Added to Payroll Tax Bill?

According to a couple of sources, an online poker amendment may be added to an upcoming payroll tax cut bill.

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Full Tilt Poker Update: FTP, GBT, DoJ Continue to Finalize Deal

Full Tilt Poker Update - Full Tilt Poker, Groupe Bernard Tapie and the US Department of Justice continue to work away on a deal.

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Bwin.Party Soars After DoJ's Wire Act Revelation

Bwin.party soared today after last week's revelation that the DoJ had changed their interpretation of the Wire Act.

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Department of Justice: 1961 Wire Act Only Applies to Sports Betting

A new opinion from the Department of Justice regarding online poker will likely have far-reaching implications for the industry.

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Absolute Poker Co-Founder Pleads Guilty

Absolute Poker co-founder Brent Beckley has accepted a plea deal and is pleading guilty to conspiracy charges.

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Sheldon Adelson Gives the Thumbs Down to Online Poker

Sheldon Adelson, CEO of Las Vegas Sands, surprised many by coming out against online poker.

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"Super Committee" Close To Failure, Taking With It a Chance to Legalize/Regulate Online Poker

The failure of the super committee in the United States is taking with it another chance to legalize online poker.

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AGCC Revokes Three Full Tilt Poker Licenses

The AGCC announced earlier today that they have elected to terminate three Full Tilt Poker licenses.

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The Full Tilt Poker Hearing Rolls On

The Full Tilt Poker hearing is set to stretch through this week as the AGCC continues to grill the company.

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Full Tilt Poker Hearing Concludes; Company Awaiting Decision from AGCC

The Full Tilt Poker hearing has reportedly come to an end, with the company now awaiting a decision.

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DoJ Alleges That Full Tilt Poker Was a Massive Ponzi Scheme

The DoJ amended its Black Friday criminal complaint earlier today and alleges that Full Tilt Poker was a massive Ponzi scheme.

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Full Tilt Poker Hearing Set To Continue on Tuesday

The Full Tilt Poker / AGCC meeting is expected to continue into Tuesday - there has not been a resolution as of yet.

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Resumption of Full Tilt Poker Hearing Just Hours Away

The Full Tilt Poker / AGCC hearing is set to resume in just a couple of hours. What will take place?

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Full Tilt Poker Hearing Set to Resume on September 19th

The Full Tilt Poker hearing with the AGCC is set to resume on Monday, September 19th in London.

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Friday Night News: Full Tilt Poker, WSOP Sponsorship $ and More

The latest on Full Tilt Poker, World Series of Poker sponsorship money way down and more.

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Full Tilt Poker News: Update From the AGCC, French License Suspended

The latest from Full Tilt Poker - the AGCC issues a new statement, and Arjel.fr announces that they are suspending Full Tilt's French license.

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Full Tilt Poker To Re-Open With a License From The KGC?

It appears as though Full Tilt Poker will soon be re-opening their doors thanks to a license from the KGC.

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Big News Coming Soon From Full Tilt Poker?

Is there big news coming from Full Tilt Poker soon? It would certainly appear that way based on the recent chatter from numerous trusted sources..

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Tiltware Responds to Phil Ivey Lawsuit

Tiltware has issued a response to Phil Ivey and his lawsuit against the company. Tiltware alleges that Ivey owes the company a great deal of money.

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Phil Ivey Releases Statement, Announces That He is Suing Tiltware

In a shocking turn of events, Phil Ivey has announced that he has filed a lawsuit against Tiltware. That's right - the face of Full Tilt Poker is now suing the company.

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Full Tilt Poker's Latest Update to US Players

Full Tilt Poker's latest update to their US players has left many people even angrier and more worried about their money.

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Report: Department of Justice Unfreezes Single Full Tilt Poker Bank Account

According to EGR Magazine, the US Department of Justice has unfrozen a single Full Tilt Poker bank account.

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"A $60 Million Shortfall"

A DoJ press release regarding the guilty plea from Bradley Franzen contained some very interesting information.

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Quicktender/UseMyWallet Goes Down

Quicktender/UseMyWallet informed their users earlier today that they are temporarily discontinuing their service.

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Bodog Makes the Switch to Bodog.eu

Bodog has redirected Bodog.com to Bodog.eu following the latest batch of domain name seizures by the US government.

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The Department of Justice Strikes Again

The Department of Justice has struck again, seizing a total of 10 domains, including Doylesroom.com.

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Pokerstars: We've Returned $100 Million+ To US Players So Far

Pokerstars issued a press release earlier today in which they revealed that $100 million had been returned to their US players so far.

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UB/AP Announces Agreement with US DoJ

According to a press release that was circulated earlier today, AP/UB has reached an agreement with the DOJ.

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More Waiting Lies Ahead for US Players on Full Tilt Poker

Another week, another update from Full Tilt Poker to its US players - three weeks have now passed, and Full Tilt Poker still hasn't paid out its US players.

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Pokerstars, Full Tilt Poker Enter Into Agreement With Government; US Players To Get Their Money Back

In late-breaking news, the US government has announced that they have entered into an agreement with PS and FTP to return US player funds.

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"Black Friday" Fallout: Online Poker Traffic Down 23% From Last Week

Black Friday Fallout - online poker traffic plummeted 23% over the past week thanks to Black Friday.

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bwin.party, Others Soar in First Day of Trading After "Black Friday"

Companies such as bwin.party and 888 Holdings are doing very well this morning in the first day of trading after Black Friday.

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Going Through Changes

Many things are going to be changing in the online poker community in the days and months after Black Friday. Here is a quick list.

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Just to Clarify Something..

According to Pokerstars and Full Tilt Poker, both companies plan on remaining open to non-US players.

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The Shit Hits the Fan

The DoJ crushed the online poker industry earlier today after announcing actions against Pokerstars, Full Tilt Poker and others.

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New Jersey Governor Vetoes Online Gambling Bill

Earlier today, New Jersey Gov. Christie vetoed an online gambling bill that would have brought legalized intrastate gambling to the state.

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Anurag Dikshit Sentenced To One Year of Probation

Anurag Dikshit flew to New York earlier this week to learn of his fate, which ended up being a year's worth of probation.

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The Week Ahead: It's Do or Die For Harry Reid's Online Poker Bill

By the end of this week, online poker players in the United States should know whether or not they can play online poker next year.

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Harry Reid's Online Poker Bill Down, But Not Yet Out

Harry Reid's online poker bill may be on its last legs, but it's not over until it's over - or, at least, until this current session of Congress comes to an end.

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Is the Reid Poker Bill Dead?

Is Harry Reid's online poker bill dead? After plenty of head fakes on Wednesday, nobody really seems to know for sure.

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Esfandiari Still Leads Five Diamond World Poker Classic, More on Harry Reid's Internet Poker Bill

New details continue to emerge regarding Harry Reid's Internet Poker bill, and Antonio Esfandiari continues to lead the Five Diamond World Poker Classic.

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Live in the State of Washington? Pokerstars Is Now Blocking You From Real Money Games

Pokerstars released a statement earlier today that they are blocking real money play to residents of Washington state.

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Federal Grand Jury Investigating Full Tilt Poker?

According to the Financial Times, a federal grand jury in Manhattan is investigating Full Tilt Poker, and indictments could be brought down shortly.

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Clonie Gowen's Civil Suit Against Full Tilt Poker Dismissed

Clonie Gowen has proven to be unsuccessful in her attempt to be awarded a 1 percent stake in Full Tilt Poker's operation by a Las Vegas judge, as her civil lawsuit was dismissed.

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Internet Gambling Hearing Set For Thursday, EPT Prague Update

An Internet gambling hearing is set for Thursday in Washington, which will be the first step towards determining the fates of HR 2266 and HR 2267.

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Canadian Man Charged In Online Gambling Payment Processing Case

Douglas Rennick of Canada has been charged with a number of different things in regards to an ongoing gambling payment processing case, including money laundering and bank fraud.

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$30 Million Plus In Poker Player Funds Frozen By US Government

Federal prosecutors recently had $33 million dollars in online poker player money seized, leading many to wonder about the future of online poker in the United States.

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More on the Minnesota / Online Gambling Situation

The list of the 200 online gambling sites targeted by Minnesota has now been released - many of the sites don't allow US players, which has left many scratching their heads.

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PartyGaming Agrees to Non-Prosecution Agreement with U.S. Authorities

PartyGaming has reportedly entered into a non-prosecution agreement with US authorities that will see the company pay a penalty of $105 million dollars for soliciting US customers prior to the introduction of the UIGEA.

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Motion to Dismiss Filed in Clonie Gowen / Full Tilt Poker Case

Attorneys for Full Tilt Poker filed a motion to dismiss on Tuesday, seeking to throw out Clonie Gowen's lawsuit against the company or at least drop the 13 individual defendants from the suit.

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PartyGaming Soars on Settlement Talk

PartyGaming soared over 27% on Tuesday after the company released a statement, saying that it was still in negotiations with the DoJ and that a settlement would likely cost the company far less than $300 million dollars.

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Anurag Dikshit, Co-Founder of PartyGaming, To Plead Guilty To Gambling Charge in US Court

Anurag Dikshit, PartyGaming's largest shareholder, is expected to plead guilty to an online gambling related charge in a US courtroom on Tuesday.

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Commonwealth of Kentucky vs "141 Internet Domain Names" Ruling Upheld; Seizure Order Amended

Judge Wingate issued his decision on Thursday regarding the fate of 141 gambling domain names. The Judge indicated that the owners of the domains must prove that access to residents of Kentucky has been blocked or they will lose the domains to Kentucky.

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Ruling Expected Soon in Kentucky Gambling Domain Case

Judge Thomas Wingate is expected to hand down a ruling shortly in the Kentucky vs Online Gambling industry domain name case.

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Natalie "TheV0id" Teltscher Drops Lawsuit Against Pokerstars

Natalie Teltscher drops her lawsuit against Pokerstars.

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US Government Seizes $24 Million From Bank Accounts Linked to Bodog

The U.S. government seizes $24 million from bank accounts linked to Bodog.

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PartyGaming Reportedly On Verge of Huge Settlement with the Department of Justice



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World Poker Tour Lawsuit Settled; No One Really Cares



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Epassporte Officially Pulls Out of Poker Business



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Epassporte Shutting Down Their Service to Online Poker Players?



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US and European Union Reach Deal in Online Gambling Dispute



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Shawn Sheikhan Wins Reprieve in Deportation Case



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Michael Gracz and Chris Bell Busted at Private Poker Game



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Bodog Has a Really Bad Day



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Aurangzeb "Ozzy87" Sheikh Gets Busted by the Police



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Now 888 Holdings Is Talking to the Feds



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PartyGaming Talking to the Feds: What Does It Mean for You?



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Empire Poker Suing Party Poker?



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Future of WSOP in doubt; Federal Marshals Raid Binions



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