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Poker News Brief: Kentucky Domain Seizure Overturned as Advisory Group Gains Standing

by Haley Hintze

An industry group serving as a collective legal advisory source for many of the online-poker sites targeted in a 2008 domain seizure by the Commonwealth of Kentucky has succeeded in gaining associational standing in the case. In late February, a three-judge Kentucky appellate court ruled in favor of an appeal brought by the Interactive Gaming Counsel, returning it to the court of Circuit Judge Thomas D. Wingate. The appellate court found that Kentucky’s prosecutors wanted to have it both ways – bringing a collective case against the targeted domains while denying them the same sort of collective response. The initial domain seizure targeted 141 domains, 132 of which remain a party to the complaint, though Kentucky officials were noncommittal about whether they would continue the prosecution.

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Poker News Brief: Nevada, Delaware Sign Interstate Online Poker Pact

by Haley Hintze

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and Delaware Governor Jack Markell recently signed into law a deal making the two states official partners in the first interstate online-poker agreement within the US. Sandoval traveled to Delaware’s capital of Wilmington for the groundbreaking pact, with both states hoping that the deal will provide extra player liquidity in the future. Details of the pact have yet to be hammered out, though the deal for now is online poker-only. No live date for the commingling of players from the two states has been set.

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Poker News Briefs: California Online Poker Bills Introduced and More

by Haley Hintze

Competing California Online Poker Bills Introduced – Two California intrastate online-poker measures were introduced in late February in the state’s legislature ahead of a deadline for 2013-14 consideration.  Both bills are supported by competing tribal-casino factions. One of the two is the reintroduction of an earlier bill (now known as SB 1366) by State Sen. Lou Correa, with the backing of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. A newer and competing bill, AB 2291, offered by State Rep. Reggie Jones-Sawyer, is backed by the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, and other tribes. One possibly controversial element of the Jones-Sawyer bill is language that would make the playing of online poker on unlicensed sites a misdemeanor. Both bills were submitted as urgency measures, meaning two-thirds approval is required.

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Poker News Briefs: First Wave of Full Tilt Refunds Reaches Players

by Haley Hintze

Full Tilt Remissions Administrator Wires $76M in Refunds – DOJ-authorized claims administrator Garden City Group has delivered the first wave of Full Tilt Poker refund payments to US players whose bankrolls on the online site have been in limbo since April, 2011.  On February 28th, GCG sent a total of about $76 million to more than 27,500 former FTP players. The mass refunds represent the first of several payment waves to be issued by GCG over the coming months, and represent those players who accepted the balances shown in Full Tilt’s system without protest. Players with disputed balances and players who enjoyed either affiliate or rakeback relationships with the site, which was at one time the second-largest US-facing online poker offering, are subject to lengthier, individual review.

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Poker News Brief: LV Sands Websites Targeted by Hackers

by Haley Hintze

The internet homes of prominent Las Vegas casino resorts Venetian and Palazzo were knocked off line for several days in February following attacks by internet hackers.  The attacks appeared motivated by the pro-Israel politics of LV Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson, and text left by the hackers included a reference to an oblique recommendation Adelson made last year about bombing the Iranian desert as a show of strength supporting Israel.  The hacking included the publication of private information of LV Sands employees.  The LV Sands corporate website was also affected, as were the sites of its other casino properties, in Pennsylvania and Macau.

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Poker News Brief: Pro-Online Gambling Lobbying Group C4COP Debuts

by Haley Hintze

A new lobbying group favoring the regulated oversight of online poker and gambling has debuted.  The new Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection (C4COP) is funded by MGM International with support from the American Gaming Association.  C4COP was created to counteract the anti-online push of CSIG, with C4COP immediately announcing a $250,000 media buy, primarily around Washington, D.C., to promote a pro-online political agenda.  Among the political figures already signed to front the group are former GOP Congressmen Mike Oxley and Mary Bono and former Obama administrative staffer Jim Messina.

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Poker News Brief: Pennsylvania State Senators Seeks to Criminalize Online Poker Playing

by Haley Hintze

Pennsylvania Pols Announce Support for Online-Gambling Ban – Three Pennsylvania state legislators have announced support for a yet-to-be-introduced piece of legislation that would criminalize the playing of online poker and other forms of online gambling. The statements by State Sen. Mario Scavello and two others propose summary fines and misdemeanor penalties for playing poker and other forms of gambling online, and if enacted would make Pennsylvania only the second US state where playing online poker is regarded as criminal. (The state of Washington passed a felony law in 2006.) The LV Sands-funded Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling (CSIG) immediately hailed Scavello’s proposal; Scavello’s PA district, coincidentally, is adjacent to the one where the Sands-owned Sands Bethlehem casino is located.

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Poker News Brief: Sentence for Ting in NYC; WSOP.com Leak Reveals Possible $10 Million Main Event Guarantee

by Haley Hintze

Five-Month Sentence for Ting in NYC Poker / Sportsbetting Case

Edwin Ting, one of 34 defendants in a large sports betting and poker ring based in New York City, was sentenced to five months in prison for his role in organizing and operating high-stakes poker games for the ring’s leaders, who have been alleged to be part of the Russian mob.

WSOP.com Site Leak Reveals Possible $10 Million Main Event Guarantee

Will the 2014 World Series of Poker main event guarantee $10 million to its winner? That’s possible, following the capture of a partial schedule of events for 2014 that appeared briefly on the site before being removed by programmers, possibly in advance of a later press announcement. Sharp-eyed observers captured screengrabs of the possible goof during the few hours it was visible. The page showed only those events with buy-ins of $10,000 or higher, including the main, which will be Event #65 if the information proves correct. The possible $10 million guarantee would make the 2014 winner the second-richest ME winner in WSOP history, behind only the $12 million snared by Jamie Gold in the final pre-UIGEA year of 2006.

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Poker News Brief: Las Vegas Caesars Palace to Relocate Poker Room

by Haley Hintze

Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, home to one of the largest poker rooms in Las Vegas, will relocate its games elsewhere in the casino to dedicate more floor space for the adjacent, popular PURE nightclub. The imminent move likely means a need for a new home in 2015 for the annual National Heads-Up Poker Championship, which has been filmed in late February or early March and has been televised by NBC in recent years. Several other Caesars tournament series and regular cash-game action will also be transplanted. Caesars has not announced a new location within the sprawling Caesars Palace complex for a relocated poker room, nor whether the casino will downsize from the 62 poker tables currently offered.

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Poker News Brief: First Wave of Full Tilt Refunds Slated for Late February

By Haley Hintze

First Wave of Full Tilt Refunds Slated for Late February – Garden City Group, the government-appointed claims administrator overseeing the refunds of Full Tilt Poker online balances of US players that have been frozen since 2011, has announced a first wave of refunds tentatively scheduled for the end of February, 2014. Some 30,000 former FTP account holders will receive approximately $82 million, according to GCG. All of the refunded players in the first wave accepted the balance information as presented to GCG from old Full Tilt records. An additional 8,400 accounts may receive partial or full refunds at a later date, including players with disputed balances and former affiliates and sponsored pros of the site.

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