Hit and Run: DFS in Pennsylvania and Illinois; Online Poker Progress in Cali; Behind the Scenes at the WPT


California’s online poker bill is getting a bit more detailed and may get a hearing. Illinois Senate passes a DFS bill. Huffington Post feature on poker player Candace Collins. And more.

California online poker dreams are still alive

California’s online poker bill might be discussed at an appropriations hearing in mid-June; this according to veteran California gaming journalist Dave Palermo.

From the sound of it, Assemblyman Adam Gray, the sponsor of AB 2863, and the state’s various stakeholders, are trying to fill in some of the blanks the bill still possesses, and even more importantly, find a compromise on the prickly issue of PokerStars’ suitability.

If all of these things can be agreed upon the bill has a fighting chance. That being said, the chance the state can solve all of these issues in the next few weeks is pretty slim.

Quick Hitters

– Online gambling legalization in Pennsylvania has come to a grinding halt, but the holding pattern could be due to the state’s desire to add daily fantasy sports legislation to its comprehensive gaming reform bill, highlighted by online gambling legalization and regulation.

– Lance Bradley has penned a very interesting column over at PocketFives.com (where Bradley serves as the EIC) highlighting the behind the scenes role Mandy Glogow performs for the World Poker Tour.

– The Illinois legislature is making a last second push to pass a daily fantasy sports bill before the current legislative session ends. On Wednesday the Illinois Senate passed a DFS bill, but not the one the state had been mulling over. Legal Sports Report has all the details to get you up to speed on what’s going on.

– Andrew Carillo of Columbia won the PokerStars LAPT Panama Main Event this week, pocketing over $138k in the process.

– John Mehaffey’s latest installment of the offshore online poker payment processing report is now live, and while most of the remaining unregulated offshore online poker sites still serving some U.S. markets get good grades, fast payments aren’t universal.

– Poker player Candace Collins was featured in a Huffington Post article today. As the article notes, Collins was the owner of a frozen yogurt store before finding poker, and is excited about the possibility that more women could follow her lead and take up the game.

– Part Time Poker’s Alex Weldon takes a look at the recently announced mash up of poker and Hearthstone tournaments in his latest column.

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