Apr 02, 2015 - White House Petition Calls For
Defeat Of Proposed Online Poker Ban
proposed ban on some forms of online gaming
faces long odds in Congress, but you should
still take the threat seriously. A petition to
protect and preserve regulated online poker has
appeared on petitions.whitehouse.gov, and it’s
seeking 100,000 signatures within the next
Even if you think RAWA doesn’t stand much of a
chance, you should still sign it because once
RAWA efforts are dead, then poker advocates can
focus on supporting bills in individual states
that seek to legalize and regulate the popular
web card game.
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2015 - Morgan Stanley Nearly Cuts In Half U.S.
Internet Gambling Market Estimate
financial services firm Morgan Stanley has nearly
cut in half its previous prediction for the size of
the U.S. online gambling market by 2020, the
Associated Press reported. The research was released
The firm believes that in 2020 it will be worth $2.7
billion, down from $5 billion in a report released
last fall. Before that, Morgan Stanley predicted
U.S. online gambling would be $8 billion by 2020.
The estimates keep on falling.
2015 - Pennsylvania Online Poker Bill Introduced
of Pennsylvania has before flirted with legislation
that would allow casinos already in the state to
offer gambling on the Internet to those physically
within Pennsylvania’s borders, and on Wednesday this
year saw the state’s latest attempt.
State Rep. John Payne introduced House Bill 649. No
text has yet been made available online, but the
proposal sounds very similar to past efforts and
online gaming proposals that other U.S. states have
been discussing as well. Payne’s bill would set a
14-percent tax on Internet gaming operators, in
addition to charging them a $5 million license fee.
The bill would apparently preclude small business
owners from starting their own online gaming
business. Online gaming is designed for big
12, 2015 - Washington State Eyes Legalizing Online
the state of Washington has passed legislation that
made playing online poker a crime punishable by jail
(the only U.S. state to do so), in 2015 lawmakers
there are going to look at getting rid of the
draconian rules and actually legalizing the
activity. It would be a historic reversal of
such an extreme position.
Late last week, House Bill 1114 was introduced into
the legislature by Rep. Sherry Appleton, a Democrat.
Right now, people in Washington state can play poker
in card rooms and tribal casinos that have been
OK’ed by the state for running the games.
January 12, 2015 - Paul Phua Denied Request To Be
Able To Play Poker At Casinos While Awaiting Trial
poker player Paul Phua saw his request to be able to
continue playing poker at casinos denied by a
federal court. Phua is awaiting trial for his
alleged role in an illegal gambling operation run
out of a villa at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. He
was arrested this past summer.
Phua wanted the judge to end the condition that
prevents him “from gambling or entering any
establishment whose primary business involves