Hit and Run: DFS Gets Day in Court; Nevada AG Supports RAWA; IS the WSOP Broadcast Fan Friendly?

Steve Ruddock : November 25th, 2015


DraftKings and FanDuel made their case in court on Wednesday. Nevada Attorney General supports RAWA. How can televised poker appeal to new viewers? And more.

DFS’s day in court

The two major DFS sites, FanDuel and DraftKings, were in court to argue against the New York Attorney General’s injunction seeking to shut down the states in the Empire State.

Wednesday’s hearing was for oral arguments and the judge decided to hold off on his ruling, saying it will be coming soon. Overall, both sides had a lot to be happy with and a lot to be concerned about.

I recommend looking through the Legal Sports Report Twitter account (which was manned by Daniel Wallach for the day) for a blow-by-blow description of what went down. You can also get the full recap here.

Nevada AG comes out in favor of RAWA

In an interview with Jon Ralston, Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt indicated he would be supporting the Restoration of America’s Wire Act bill… a very surprising development considering Nevada has an online poker industry.

Laxalt’s support for RAWA was criticized by both the governor, Brian Sandoval, and the state’s top regulator, AG Burnett. On top of that, poker writer John Mehaffey dug into Laxalt’s connections and found some interesting ties to Sheldon Adelson and the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling, widely believed to be the driving force behind the RAWA online gambling ban.

Quick Hitters

- Lee Davy spoke to one of the UK’s top tournament players, Simon Deadman in an interview for Poker Update.

- Part Time Poker’s Alex Weldon offered up his thoughts on a recent article that delves into the world of poker broadcasting, and why it may be turning off potential viewers and poker players.

- A British teenager was given the proverbial slap on the wrist (12 months suspended sentence and a small fine) for launching ddos attacks against online gambling sites.

- 11 companies have applied for an online gambling license in Portugal. Among the applicants were Betfair and Betclic, with Portugal saying the other applicants were national and international companies.

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