The Tribal Empire Strikes Back

According to, Thursday’s meeting of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs discussed the issue of online gaming, in particular poker, and presented a new twist in the ongoing battle for federal action regarding the subject. During the meeting, committee Chairman and Hawaii Senator Daniel Akaka presented a draft of a bill that would allow the Indian gaming community to open up for online gambling Read More

Pay Attention, USA

One comment I have heard from European gambling regulators is that they fear the US will repeat a lot of the mistakes that Europe has made in the past decade of regulating online gaming.  As the old saying goes, those who do not learn from the mistakes of their European neighbors are bound to repeat them, or something like that. iGaming Business is reporting that the cross-party Culture, Media and Sport Select Read More

"Stick in the Eye" Legalization Approach

The latest plan out of the US Senate to legalize online gambling might seem like a step in the right direction, but in reality it's more like someone claiming they are doing you a favor while poking you in the eye with a stick. reports that a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators is close to a deal on legalizing online poker, which would seem at first a possible victory for supporters of greater Read More

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 announced 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 eight year Read More

Play Money Alert

Our website analytics tell us this is one of our most popular articles. If you think we might be able to help you or your business, email and mention this article for a complimentary 30-minute consultation. 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 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 all 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