Hit and Run: Wednesday RAWA and PA iGaming Hearings; More Poker Fights; Laxalt Explains RAWA Stance

Steve Ruddock : December 8th, 2015


Two online gambling hearings will take place on Wednesday; one in Congress and one in the Pennsylvania statehouse. Two more poker players announce intent to take part in controlled fight.

Pennsylvania to vote on online gambling bill

Not only is online gambling looking like it might be one of the ways Pennsylvania funds its 2016 budget, but according to the Poker Players Alliance’s John Pappas, as well as Gambling Compliance’s Chris Krafcik, there will be a vote on the House floor on Wednesday.

It’s safe to say that online gambling expansion in the Keystone State is moving out of the realm of possible and into the realm of quite possible.

RAWA Hearing witness list

We got our first look at the list of witnesses who will testify in front of Jason Chaffetz and the House Committee on Oversight and Government reform, and overall it’s a pretty balanced list. Of course, another witness or two could be added, but as it stands now, online gambling advocates could have a very good day tomorrow.

Quick Hitters

- Alex Dreyfus and the Global Poker League are on a mission to reinvent poker.

- The new thing in poker is apparently fighting. This summer Terrence Chan and Huck Seed went at it in the Rio parking lot; JC Alvarado and Olivier Busquet are planning on fighting one another; and now we have Brian Rast and Sorel Mizzi announcing they plan to fight.

- In what appears to be a contradiction, Nevada Attorney general Adam Laxalt has expounded on his RAWA position, which Howard Stutz of the LVRJ paraphrased as, “the Wire Act changes opened the door to money laundering and other nefarious activities. He credited Nevada’s strict gaming regulatory structure with keeping those elements out of the Silver State.”

- A very lengthy hearing took place in front of the New York Legislature on Tuesday, where it felt like DFS was compared to every other game and sport that has ever existed. The Legal Sports Report Twitter account has all the details.

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