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Blog posts November 2014

Online Gambling in New Jersey Has Been More Successful Than You Think by Steve Ruddock

Online gambling in New Jersey is now a year old. And even though the market is about 1/10th the size of Chris Christie’s sales pitch (more conscientious analysts were much closer to the actual mark), and one of the most ballyhooed operators has already shuttered its virtual doors, New …

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Card Counting the 18 Bet Blackjack Side Bet by Eliot Jacobson, PhD

The winner of the “Best New Table Game” prize at this year’s Raving’s Cutting Edge Table Games Conference was Pick ‘Em Blackjack. This side bet consists of three wagers the player can make in addition to his ordinary blackjack wager. These wagers are:To read mor…

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NJ online gaming turns a year old; on taxes, Caesars, and online poker by John Brennan

Caesars Interactive is marking the one-year anniversary of online gaming in New Jersey with some numbers:To read more, click HERE

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What Ultimate Poker Can Teach Us about Regulated Online Poker by Steve Ruddock

Ultimate Poker’s run in the U.S. online gaming industry was historic, filled with ups and downs, but in the end, short-lived.Ultimate Poker was innovative and pushed the envelope in several areas from promotions, to web videos, to customer support. But for all of the little things the …

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Interview: Jim Ryan Talks Pala’s Plans for New Jersey, California’s Chances and His Time at Ultimate Bet by Chris Grove

The news that Pala Interactive had launched an online casino in New Jersey’s regulated market sparked a number of interesting conversations.Why would Pala, whose majority shareholder, the Pala Band of Mission Indians, operates a California casino, attempt to crack a challenging market …

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$1.3M Jackpot Is New Jersey’s First Feel Good Online Gaming Story by Steve Ruddock

It’s been a hard-fought year for online gambling operators in the Garden State, but New Jersey’s much maligned online casino industry had a great day on November 6th.No, the online casino operators didn’t rake in a record haul, in fact, quite the opposite happened when 31 y…

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Reactions to the NJ sports betting ruling by John Brennan

State officials needed no more than an hour to post their formal Notice of Appeal of Judge Shipp’s ruling in the New Jersey sports betting case.Meanwhile, from the racetrack at the center of it all:To read more, click HERE

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Funny Gambling News by Ashley Adams

Dear Fellow Poker Players,The funniest gambling news item I have ever seen is in today's Metro section of the Boston Globe. If you haven't read the article called "Giving casino customers an even break" I recommend it to you.Here is the hilarious absurd news item:In an effort to help gambler…

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Amaya Believes Casino, Sports Betting Could Boost PokerStars’ Revenue By Over 50% by Chris Grove

Amaya executives were (somewhat unsurprisingly) enthusiastic and detailed in their praise for recently acquisition PokerStars on an earnings call covering the third quarter of 2014.To read more, click HERE

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New Jersey, sports leagues agree: No need for sports betting trial. but horsemen disagree by John Brennan

The attorney for the sports organizations involved in the New Jersey sports betting case told a federal judge on Monday that the leagues “have no further submissions to make on the merits of their claim, and rely on their verified complaint and their prior submissions.”To read mo…

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PA Table Games Revenue Rises 4% In October from PA Gaming Control Board

HARRISBURG, PA: Revenue from table games play at the 12 Pennsylvania casinos was just over $63 million in October 2014, according to a report released today by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. That represents a 4.1% increase in revenue from table games play during October of this year …

Read more House of Cards Gaming Report - Week of November 17, 2014

This week’s stories include the new WSOP Champion, Stockton State buying Showboat and NHL in Vegas, NFL in London, but still no NJ sportsbetting.CLICK THE LINK TO LISTEN TO THIS WEEK’S REPORT - HOC Gaming ReportHave any news or tips regarding casinos, gaming or legislation? Send …

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Where The 2016 Presidential Field Stands on Gambling: Jeb Bush by Eric Frank, Esq.

The outlook for gaming in Congress has certainly changed following the midterms.Republicans gained control of the Senate and picked up a larger majority in the House. It’ll be interesting to see whether the Restoration of America’s Wire Act will gain momentum as a result.To read …

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Are Nefarious Forces Conspiring to Keep PokerStars Out of New Jersey? by Steve Ruddock

Recent tweets by New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak have been overtly implying PokerStars’ NJ iGaming license has yet to be approved for political reasons. Lesniak has pointed the finger directly at the Governor’s office and GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson for the perceived …

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Legal Online Poker Getting a Much Needed PR Boost by Steve Ruddock

Alex Dreyfus is on a mission to “Sportify” poker. It’s a grand vision and one every poker player and poker enthusiast should get behind, and while I wish him nothing but success and hope that his vision eventually becomes a reality, right now I’m on my own mission.To …

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San Manuel Joins Morongo, PokerStars Alliance in California Online Poker Effort by Chris Grove

Major news for California’s push to regulate online poker today as the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians announced their intent to partner with an existing coalition made of of PokerStars, the Morongo Band of Mission Indians and California’s three largest card clubs.The announce…

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2014 WSOP Final Table Preview by Damon Shulenberger

The 2014 WSOP November Nine constitutes one of the most diverse "graduating classes" since the format was instituted, with players hailing from Norway, Spain, Sweden, Holland, Brazil and the United States. The field includes notables such as November Nine repeat Mark Newhouse (26m), Swedish …

Read more House of Cards Gaming Report - Week of November 10, 2014

This week’s stories include Sacramento’s Casino Royale shut down; Casino voting results and the end of the curse of the Billy Goat?CLICK THE LINK TO LISTEN TO THIS WEEK’S REPORT - HOC Gaming ReportHave any news or tips regarding casinos, gaming or legislation? Send us an em…

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Online Gambling In New Jersey Turns a Profit For Borgata by Chris Grove

Borgata’s online gambling operations are officially in the black less than a year after launch in New Jersey.That’s per Boyd Gaming President and CEO Keith Smith during a recent earnings call covering Q3 2014.To read more, click HERE

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The Impact of US Midterm Elections on Regulated Online Gambling by Chris Grove

While online gambling wasn’t directly at issue in any particular race or referendum, the 2014 midterm elections included a number of votes with implications for online gambling regulation.To read more, click HERE

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