Full Tilt Poker Head Ray Bitar Surrenders to US Authorities

Full Tilt Poker head Ray Bitar, one of the individuals named in the Black Friday indictments, has surrendered himself to US authorities.Update: 10:30 AM EST July 3rd PokerFuse cites an AP report claiming Bitar’s surrender may not have been entirely voluntary, writing that:Update: 7:30 PM EST There is apparently no deal between the DOJ and

Zynga to Buy the Ongame Poker Network?

That’s what EGaming Review is reporting this morning (paywall). Zynga is apparently the current favorite among a handful of suitors for the Ongame Network.Background: The Ongame Poker network became a “surplus asset” after Party Poker and bWin merged in 2011 and was subsequently made available for sale.At first it appeared as if US gaming company

Who Are CC-1 and CC-2 in the Superseding Bitar Indictment?

As most know by now, Full Tilt Poker head Ray Bitar reportedly turned himself in to US authorities earlier today despite apparently not having any sort of deal in place. Hope he’s saved his “one time.”More or less simultaneously, a superseding indictment was filed against Bitar that dropped more than a few bombshells about FTP’s

888 Inks Deal With WMS Gaming

Pieces are definitely moving into place on the industry side of the online gambling market in the US – now legislators need to start catching up.The latest deal to be inked: International online gambling powerhouse 888 Poker has reached an agreement with land-based gambling supplier WMS Gaming. While the full terms of the deal obviously

Interstate Online Poker Compacts: Too Tough A Hand To Play?

A good read from Howard Stutz over at the LVRJ that examines how critical interstate partnerships will probably be for Nevada’s online poker industry to survive, let alone thrive – and how potentially difficult those relationships could be to establish and execute.Excerpt:The article is obviously – at least in part – a vehicle for Fahrenkopf

Can This Man Stop US Online Gambling Regulation?

When most people think of the opponents of online gambling regulation, their minds likely wander to social conservatives or minor industry interests.One of the largest potential threats, however, is looming smack in the middle of the industry titans who are often cited as driving the push for regulation: Sands honcho Sheldon Adelson.The Las Vegas Sun

Federal Online Poker Deal Still in the Works

While Nevada issues their first online poker licenses and other states like Delaware and New Jersey continue to amble toward regulation, little has been said of late regarding the potential for federal regulation of online poker.That lack of talk does not (apparently) equate to a lack of action. According to a recent article in the

First Online Poker License Ok’ed By Nevada

A milestone of sorts for online poker today.Nevada’s Gaming Control Board has given the first green light to an interstate online poker operator: Bally’s.That’s according to CardPlayer:It should be noted that Bally’s license is a business-to-business license – they can offer software and other services to rooms but can’t offer games directly to consumers.

California Voters Ambivalent About Online Poker

A little surprising for a state where live poker is so popular.That’s our general reaction to the results of a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times survey regarding California’s ongoing effort to establish and regulate intrastate online poker in California.From the LA Times:The LA Times LOVES that stock photo of the guy improbably one-tabling Paradise Poker.Sounds like

Tide Turning Against New Jersey Online Gambling?

Starting to seem that way.Most people once considered regulated online gambling of some sort a lock in New Jersey. With Nevada pushing full steam ahead, the conventional wisdom was that Jersey, loathe to be left behind yet again to Vegas, would put their own plans to regulate on a fast-track.That track appears to have slowed.