The buzzword of 2012: Convergence!

All indications are that the US is finally starting to catch up with the rest of the world when it comes to the convergence of land-based casino gaming with online, social, casual and mobile gaming.  We are seeing daily examples of this in the news.  Here is a picture that is supposed to illustrate convergence, although to me it looks like rejected artwork from a Journey album cover. One such example was ... Read More

Feds Indict Calvin Ayre – Zero People Surprised

Most of us in the iGaming industry were shocked last year on Black Friday.  For me, the shock stemmed not only from what happened, i.e. the surprise shutdown of PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker (and the indictment / arrest of their owners), but what didn't happen.  "What about Bodog?" I wondered.  Bodog was still accepting US players (a fact of which I had first hand knowledge).  What about Bodog's ... Read More

Everyone Must Comply with International Laws (except US)

Talk about a blast from the past - the 8+ year old ruling in favor of Antigua against the United States is back! Hard to believe a place so peaceful and beautiful could kick America's ass in international court, but that's exactly what happened over eight years ago.  And Antigua isn't letting anyone forget it. According to, the government of Antigua and Barbuda will be resurrecting its ... Read More

Play Money Alert

Conventional wisdom tells us that legal online gambling - online poker in particular - is bound to appear on the US scene in the medium to near future.  One strong indicator in support of that is the convoy of US based casinos and gambling operators that are partnering up with existing online gaming companies (many based in Europe).  Some of these new partnerships are already offering online gaming options for US ... Read More

Future Federal Online Gambling Bill, AKA the Indian Removal Act of 2013

In the 18th and 19th centuries, European colonists introduced measles, smallpox, cholera, yellow fever, and many more devastating diseases to the Native American population. This drastically diminished the Native American population and annihilated entire villages.  In addition to this, the arrogant attitude of the ever-growing whites led to the embarrassing and unfortunate "Indian Removal Act" of 1830. That's ... Read More

British Invasion – Round Two

Almost fifty years ago, a multitude of bands from the UK became popular in the US.  This phenomenon in the early and mid 1960s was referred to as the "British Invasion", and included such acts as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Kinks. All signs point to an imminent "second wave" of Brits invading and controlling a ubiquitous segment of our popular culture.   This time it's not music - it's gambling. Two ... Read More

Loans to Players Holding up Full Tilt Deal?

Behnam Dayanim, the attorney for French investor Groupe Bernard Tapie, said recently that outstanding loans to players are part of the reason for GBT's purchase of infamous poker site Full Tilt being delayed.  When I first read that, I assumed these loans must have been small investments made to up and coming players trying to get their bankrolls established and their feet under them.  Imagine my surprise when I ... Read More

Caesar’s best move in 2072 years

888, the largest casino and poker operator on the web, is giving the rest of the industry a clinic in how to prepare for the third (and almost certainly the biggest) wave of online gambling in the US.  888 has inked a deal with Caesars Interactive Entertainment and has already submitted a license application to the Nevada Gaming Control Board.  Online Casino Reports says "In the event that either the US federal ... Read More

More on the Barton Bill

In my opinion, the Barton Bill leaves a lot to be desired in terms of regulating online gaming in the US, but I support it for one simple reason - it's a step in the right direction. Having laws that are consistent and make logical sense should be a goal of any society. Laws that aren't logically congruent create confusion and unpredictability. For example, if you know that it is illegal in most situations to ... Read More

PPA Publishes Players’ Funds Legal Guide

The Poker Players' Alliance has published a players' guide for players with un-refunded balances from Full Tilt and Absolute Poker/Ultimate Bet.   The guide can be viewed and downloaded here. ... Read More