Hit and Run: CA Online Poker Bill Amended; DraftKings Gets into Season Long Fantasy; Real Gaming Offline

Steve Ruddock : August 18th, 2016


Operators send DFS draft legislation to Nevada. Real Gaming has called it a day. California online poker bill amended and could be brought to a vote on Monday.  And more.

DFS making headlines

We have two DFS stories to get to today.

First is the news that DraftKings and FanDuel have sent some draft legislation to the Nevada legislature. You may remember that Nevada was the first state to give DFS the boot following last year’s brouhaha, but what Nevada actually did was say DFS operators needed to be licensed. It looks like the two biggest operators in the space are now trying to make sure any legislation provides them with a favorable environment to operate in.

Also on the DFS front, DraftKings is now offering “Leagues” which are essentially season long daily fantasy sports contests.

This seems like an obvious next step for DFS operators, and one I’m surprised they hadn’t already explored.

Quick Hitters

- Jason Koon won the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown for $1 million, and the very next day Germany’s Marvin Rettenmaier won the $25k Super High Roller, pocketing $787k. Rettenmaier had to battle Dan Colman for the title after the two outlasted the other 103 players who registered for the tournament.

- Last month Lee Davy started a series titled, 16 Reasons Why You’ll Never Win at Poker. In the opening part of the series Davy focuses on what he calls “an expensive lesson.” Now he’s back with 16 more reasons that center around three topics, lies, math, and ego.

- It looks like Real Gaming, an online poker site owned and operated by South Point Casino in Nevada, is officially throwing in the towel, according to veteran poker writer John Mehaffey. Real Gaming was one of three online poker sites to test the Nevada waters, and it now joins the defunct Ultimate Poker in the failure column – leaving only WSOP.com.

- California’s online poker bill is still alive and kicking thanks to a new batch of amendments that were approved today, although with the legislature set to adjourn at the end of the month, it’s on life support. According to sources, the Assembly could vote on the bill Monday… but I wouldn’t hold your breath if I were you.

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