Facebook’s Foray Into Real Money Gambling: What Does it Mean?

In five years or so, gambling analysts may well look back at August 7th, 2012 as a watershed moment for the industry. That is, of course, the date that the first real money gambling app for Facebook – Bingo & Slots Friendzy by Gamesys – began trialing for users in the UK.Some will argue, of

US FTP Players to DoJ: Pay Me Maybe?

“Here’s my balance … so pay me maybe.”While things seem to be going fairly smoothly for non-US players at Full Tilt Poker, the picture for US customers of the once-mighty, soon to be resurrected online poker giant remains … cloudy.In the wake of the news that PokerStars and the DoJ had reached a deal allowing

Full Tilt Poker Back on Twitter, FTP Doug Revealed!

One of the first concrete manifestations of Full Tilt’s relaunch occurred yesterday when the company introduced (via 2p2 and Twitter) the new room manager for FTP.Say goodbye to FTP Doug and hello to … FTP Markus. Shyam Markus, that is. The first tweet from the new public face of Full Tilt Poker: Ok, a little

Maryland in the Online Gambling Mix?

Update August 8th: Online gambling will not be a part of the special session in Maryland. Update August 5th: Speaker Busch is now downplaying the role online gambling might play in the session and Maryland Senate is also sending negative signals. No one has yet rung the death knell, however, so we’ll continue to keep

Key Points of the PokerStars / DoJ Deal + What’s Next for Full Tilt

Ok, this time it seems like there’s actually a bit of meat on the bone. Both PokerStars and the DoJ have confirmed that a deal has been reached that will settle the charges against PokerStars (the company) and allow Stars to purchase Full Tilt and repay players.You can read the full text of the settlement

Conflicting Reports on PokerStars Purchase of Full Tilt Poker

Update 7/31/12: The deal between PokerStars and the DoJ is now confirmed.…That marks about the 14,286th time this headline could have been used in the last 3 months.Yesterday saw widespread reports of a completed deal between the DoJ and PokerStars that clears the way for the purchase of Full Tilt Poker by Stars (and a

What Does Zynga Poker Want to Be When it Grows Up?

Another week, another breaking story about Zynga moving into the real-money poker sphere.This time, the company is making headlines for seeking a platform partner for real-money poker. According to EGR, Zynga has already received bids from Playtech (iPoker) and GTECH G2 (IPN) to provide Zynga with a poker engine.That likely seems a curious development to

PPA Calls for Player Action Prior to Senate Hearing

Poker advocates in the US, mark your calendars for Thursday, July 26th at 2:15 pm. That’s when the US Senate is scheduled to take up the issue of “the regulation of tribal gaming, focusing on brick and mortar to the Internet.”In the days leading up to the hearing, the Poker Player’s Alliance is asking players

Twitter Says Stars / Full Tilt Deal is Dead. Maybe.

Absolute anarchy (or at least a couple of dozen tweets) regarding the alleged demise of PokerStars’ bid to purchase to corpse of Full Tilt Poker. The latest semi-official word from PokerStars is that the deal is still alive and kicking, but at least one credible source appears to be standing by their assessment of the

Mitt Would Pass on Online Poker

If elected president, Mitt Romney would “not touch” online gambling, signaling a potential death knell for any federal solution to the issue of online poker (or online gambling regulation at large) under a Romney administration.That’s the word from well-regarded industry publication Gambling Compliance via Twitter:Not necessarily a surprise, but certainly applies a touch more pressure