Hit and Run: 2017 iGaming Expansion Candidates; Fedor Holz Talks Poker; Poker Pros Get Political

Steve Ruddock : July 25th, 2016


Most likely candidates for online poker expansion in 2017. Poker and politics have been mixing on social media. Fedor Holz talks about his summer run-good. And more.

Where might we see online gambling expansion in 2017

Over at Online Poker Report I’ve listed the nine states the poker community should keep an eye on in 2017, assuming Pennsylvania passes an online gaming bill this year of course.

The states are, in no particular order:

  1. Michigan
  2. California
  3. New York
  4. Massachusetts
  5. Connecticut
  6. Rhode Island
  7. Indiana
  8. Ohio
  9. Illinois

If you want to know why each of these states was chosen you’ll have to read the column, but it’s important to note, the chance a bill is passed will rise and fall with Pennsylvania in a number of these states.

Quick Hitters

- Between August 18 and September 14, the Playground Poker Club in Montreal will play host to the World Cup of Cards. The tournament series has an extensive schedule, with structures and formats that should appeal to just about every poker player.

- Fedor Holz recently went on Joey Ingram’s Poker Life Podcast where the two discussed just about everything you could possibly imagine over the course of two and a half hours, from Holz’s incredible run at the poker tables this summer to who is the “master of their domain.”

- If you follow poker Twitter (which is far more political than one might anticipate) you’re likely well aware that the Republican Convention is in the books and the Democrat Convention starts today. You’re also likely well aware that Daniel Negreanu is not a big fan of Donald Trump, nor does he hold back when his friends and colleagues come out as Trump supporters.


— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) July 18, 2016

- Effective next week, Pennsylvania casinos  will be paying a bit more tax on their table game revenues, following the approval of measure that will raise the tax rate from 14% to 16% on table games. The tax hike is expected to generate an additional $17 million annually for the state.

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