A big win for states with online lotteries. Team PokerStars loses another ambassador. Find these stories and more in the Monday Hit and Run.
Online state lotteries receive DOJ victory, online gambling stance still unclear
The U.S. Department of Justice released a new memo on Monday addressing the January Wire Act opinion’s impact on state lotteries, which have increased in numbers over the last few years. In the memo, the DOJ says that state lotteries are not affected by their latest opinion., a move that could effectively shut down ongoing litigation brought by the New Hampshire lottery. The state had protested the opinion due to uncertainty on the impact of online lotteries.
“Department of Justice attorneys should refrain from applying Section I 084(a) to State lotteries and their vendors, if they are operating as authorized by State law, until the Department concludes its review,” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote in the memo.
While the latest memo appears to be a major victory for online state lotteries, regulated online gaming sites in the United States could still be scrutinized by the January opinion and more vulnerable without state lotteries possibly aiding their case.
Starting to seem like the fix is in here. Carving out lotteries would be 100% arbitrary but would knock one of the most powerful advocates out of the box, leaving commercial online gambling to fend for itself. https://t.co/LM61SSQSac
— Chris Grove (@OPReport) April 8, 2019
– Randy “nanonoko” Lew is the latest PokerStars pro to leave the online poker room, revealing the news with a lengthy announcement on Tuesday morning. In leaving PokerStars, he joins a growing group of players that have departed PokerStars, joining names such as Jaime Staples, Jeff Gross and Kevin Martin. However, unlike some other ambassadors that have subsequently signed with PokerStars, Randy Lew has indicated that he is playing less poker and seems less interested in streaming. “It is always good to take a step back from life and self reflect.” Lew has been on PokerStars Team Online since December of 2009.
Tweet (1 of 2): I am no longer an ambassador for Pokerstars. It is always good to take a step back from life and self reflect. I thank you for taking the time to share this moment with me as I open my thoughts to you. pic.twitter.com/qHByR5bdPK
— Randy Lew (@nanonoko) April 9, 2019
– It’s tax time in the United States and that means claiming your poker winnings on your tax returns. US Poker takes a look at many of the questions players are asking this time of year as well as things you should be considering.
– Indiana sports betting is advancing in the state after passing the House Ways and Means Committee, sending the vote to the House floor. The bill would set the launch date of Indiana sports betting to September 1 this year, as well as decrease the license fee to $10,000 and estimate a tax rate of 9.5% on revenue.
– Tuesday’s featured Grinderschool poker training video is part 6 of Colossus’ “Cash Games with Colossus” series. This particular series is focusing on his classic training sessions while playing $0.05/$0.10 No Limit hold’em shorthanded.
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– Phil Galfond takes the “What did Phil do?” quiz, where he tries to figure out actions he took from old notable Pot Limit Omaha hands: