by jtimms | Published: Thursday, December 5th, 2013
Following more lengthy debate involving key personnel, it seems online poker will not be breaking into the Massachusetts market any time soon.
While the state’s first Las Vegas/Atlantic City-style commercial casino may only be a few years away, the Milford Daily News reported recently that the vendors and regulators would likely leave the idea of online poker on the backburner until such time as the casino properties are completely up and running and 100% stable.
Outlined in the Milford Daily News report, the state’s leading gaming regulator was quoted as saying “We also have taken the position that Massachusetts shouldn’t do anything in online gambling until our bricks-and-mortar people are selected, because they out to be at the table when we do this. You can’t expect somebody to give us $85 million and then spend a billion to build a facility and change the rules of the game on them a year or two down the road,” Further highlighting internet betting as a whole as a “major unknown question.”
Massachusetts made huge steps towards a completely legalized gambling state in 2011, when allowing three Las Vegas-style casinos and a slots parlor, though it has been a slow process since as the state has continued to debate as to who will receive building and license rights.
Many firms have tried their hand at competing for the licenses in question, which are authorized for many varying locations throughout the state, and as of 2013, only a handful remain in the hunt.
Currently, only Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware have legalized web poker.
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by jtimms | Published: Monday, December 2nd, 2013
Despite a few hiccups following the ‘soft launch’ last week, New Jersey online gambling has continued steady growth, peaking with more than 5,000 new online gamblers signing up on Thanksgiving day alone; boasting a total of more than 37,200 accounts by the end of Thursday night.
Initially made live for all qualifying gamblers on November 26th (following a five day trial period for software to be tested), six casinos including Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Tropicana Casino and Resort, Caesar’s Atlantic City and Bally’s Atlantic City (the Golden Nugget is still completing tests and is expected to enter the market later this week) were all given full permits to provide real-money only gambling to patrons within New Jersey state lines.
Director of the state Division of Gaming Enforcement David Rebuck commented on his delight at the launch, and provided an insight into the tireless hours spent ensuring the best quality product.
“I am pleasantly pleased … I’m also very tired because for the last seven days, all I’ve been doing is worrying this was going to crash” Rebuck said.
Despite all the worry in the lead up to launch, only a few problems were found and were largely related to geo-location services as a result of the technology’s inability to work beyond New Jersey state borders. Essentially, many gamblers had trouble logging onto an online gambling site, however almost all related issues have now been ironed out.
The problem facing New Jersey online gambling heading into the future is players depositing money into their accounts; as outlined by Bloomberg last month, several major banks have been overly cautious in regards to online gambling transactions.
Despite these minor hurdles, New Jersey wasted no time climbing to the top and have already pulled ahead of Nevada as the nation’s preferred casino-run Poker rooms.
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by jtimms | Published: Sunday, December 1st, 2013
Recently, the use of Internet currency Bitcoin has become more and more popular and has fast become a widely accepted and used form of currency for online gambling and poker.
For those online Poker fans not familiar with Bitcoin, it is essentially a peer-to-peer decentralized online currency, used for transactions of various natures like online shopping and now Bitcoin Casino services like Poker.
A three-hour long Congressional hearing in the US recently produced a wide knowledge of the currency, and also legitimized Bitcoins as a reputable form of monetary exchange.
Since this time, several notable online poker rooms which only deal in Bitcoins have experienced a surge in player numbers, further prompted by U.S Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernake outlining Bitcoins as showing “Long-term promise, particularly if the innovations promote a faster, more secure and more efficient payment system.”
Similarly to services like PayPal, Bitcoins are stored in an online wallet and are accessible for both deposits and withdrawals from your online Poker account instantly, allowing for quick and care-free transfers after claiming that big hand!
Since online Poker rooms first came into existence, players have sometimes had to wait noticeable periods of time before getting their hands on their winnings; a problem completely ironed out with the use of Bitcoin.
Currently, more and more online poker rooms are offering a service solely dealing in Bitcoins, while several established companies prepare to offer players the ability to wager Bitcoins if they desire, as awareness of the currency grows.
The use of Bitcoins in online poker is also beneficial for both company and client, as it lacks processing fees set by banks and other monetary exchange programs. For this reason, leading online poker rooms can keep their sights set on providing all players with top-rate services and incredible bonuses for loyalty and signing up.
As an added bonus of saved costs with the use of Bitcoins, Poker rooms are able to offer the lowest rake rates witnessed since online poker came to fruition, almost halving the size of the lowest rake rates featured by currently traditional sites.
The use of Bitcoins offer several great perks to the online gambling industry, particularly fans of online poker.
by jtimms | Published: Thursday, November 28th, 2013
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by jtimms | Published: Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
The World Poker Tour has announced a return to Asia scheduled for this December, with the maiden WPT Korea event set to feature on the island province of Jeju, off the south coast of mainland Korea.
Ear-marked as major draw cards of the event is the $2,700+300 buy-in WPT Korea Main Event, as well as the final table of the WPT National China event and will be battled out at the Ramada Plaza Hotel’s WPT Club Phoenix Poker Room from the 15-19 of December, 2013.
WPT President Adam Pliska outlined the body’s delight in the addition of the quickly approaching event.
“After the success of our recent event in China, we’re looking forward to attracting a strong field in Jeju as we expand the WPT brand further into Asia” Pliska said.
“With two final tables playing out in the same venue just days apart, we’re confident that the launch of WPT Korea will be just the beginning of more WPT events throughout the region in coming seasons.”
Set to feature two Day 1 flights with re-entry, the WPT Korea will also mark a first for the entire World Poker Tour, as it will be the first occasion in the tour’s history that a live final table will be held at the same venue simultaneously.
On the first day of play, the final table of the WPT National China will be moved to Jeju (as previously outlined), where the event will be live streamed for viewing by literally anyone in the world. The WPT National China will award over $254,000 to the last man standing, which each player at the final table receiving a complimentary entry into the WPT Korea Main Event.
Already set to attend are such familiar Poker names as WPT Executive Tour Manager Matt Savage, with commentary from Lacey Jones, Xuan Liu and Tony Dunst, the latter of which recently claimed the WPT Caribbean in St. Maarten.
Also set to feature at the WPT Korea will be a Super Elite Cup High Roller event, along with several other key tour events, available to view in full at the WPT website.
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