Hit and Run: Bonomo vs. Negreanu; FanDuel Changes Stance on Regulation; MGC talks DFS

Steve Ruddock : October 29th, 2015


FanDuel and the Massachusetts Gaming Commission call for regulation of DFS industry. Online poker affiliates running out of time in New Jersey. Justin Bonomo throws shade at Daniel Negreanu.

FanDuel CEO calls for regulation of DFS industry

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, FanDuel CEO Nigel Eccles said he is now in favor of some government regulation of the industry. Eccles said the self-regulation policies the FSTA announced yesterday didn’t go far enough, and some manner of state level regulation would be needed for consumers to have confidence in the industry.

“They need to know it’s fair, that the information is protected,” Eccles said. “If the consumer doesn’t trust the industry than the business doesn’t exist.”

PAS chooses regulated markets

Online poker affiliates are fast approaching the deadline set by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, and at least one high-profile outfit, 4Cubed, the parent company of Poker Affiliate Solutions, has chosen the long-term regulated market over the short-term gains of the unregulated online poker industry.

In September, the DGE gave all online poker affiliates 150 days to choose between the regulated and unregulated. After the 150 day period, any affiliate still promoting offshore online poker sites will be barred from licensure in New Jersey in perpetuity.

Quick Hitters

- The Arizona Attorney General has come out AGAINST Sheldon Adelson’s proposed ban on online gambling. In a letter sent to Senator Jeff Flake, AG Mark Brnovich staunchly opposed the RAWA.

- If you missed it (which might have happened considering the debate ran opposite the World Series) daily fantasy sports made an impromptu appearance during the latest installment of the Republican presidential debates. I put together a snarky column where I summed up each candidate as a DFS player.

- The EPT Malta tournament is experimenting with four color decks.

- In an interview with PokerNews.com, poker pro Justin Bonomo offered up his thoughts on Daniel Negreanu. In Bonomo’s opinion, Negreanu lacks self awareness when it comes to offending others. Bonomo also indicated that while Daniel is quick to offer his own opinions, he’s not the best when it comes to listening to others.

- During a public hearing today, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission talks about potential regulations of daily fantasy sports. This was also the last day for Commissioner James McHugh, who has been with the MGC since it was created some three and half years ago.

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