Hit and Run: US Online Gaming Update; Negreanu Defends Rake Hikes; Did Kassouf Cross the Line?

Steve Ruddock : October 25th, 2016


Online gambling legalization efforts in the US have hit several snags. Poker and politics: What the 2016 election tells us. Did William Kassouf cross the line? And more.

US online gambling efforts run into several snags

The timing of this couldn’t be worse.

With Pennsylvania considering legalizing online poker, partypoker/Borgata in New Jersey had some server/geolocation issues that forced them to cancel events in their GSSS tournament series. Online Poker Report has all the details here.

Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania, the situation is becoming more and more complex, and the time left to get a bill passed is growing shorter. Here’s the latest developments.

Penn National has thrown a monkey wrench in the process, reopening the debate over the number of skins each licensee should be able to launch.

At the same time, the local tax share issue has further complicated matters, and the path forward for online gambling seems reliant on the two issues being combined.

And of course, there is the usual politicking going on:

Quick Hitters

- Despite evidence to the contrary, the poker world isn’t convinced that the changes implemented by PokerStars have been good for the game. Daniel Negreanu explained the situation and the reasons behind the changes on a recent podcast, which led to a rebuttal of sorts over at UpSwingPoker.com.

- There is also a brewing debate over the value of online poker as a product. The now-scrapped merger talks between William Hill and Amaya saw both sides come to two separate conclusions about online poker. Here’s my analysis.

- Robert Wooley decided to delve into this year’s presidential campaign by comparing politics to poker in his latest poker strategy column. As Wooley describes it, “Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Napoleon, Mike Caro, and Sun Tzu provide today’s poker lesson.”

- The hand from the latest episode of the World Series of Poker on ESPN between William Kassouf and Griffin Benger has captivated the poker world, and sparked a robust debate over what is and isn’t acceptable behavior at the poker tables. Here’s my take on the hand, and Kassouf’s antics.

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