A big win for online gambling. Big 50 draws record numbers. Check out these stories and more in the Monday Hit and Run.
New Hampshire, online gambling industry earn win in Wire Act case
A judge has ruled in favor of New Hampshire — and the entire online gaming industry for that matter — ruling that the 1961 Wire Act only applies to sports betting. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Justice said it had changed its opinion on the law, believing that the law applied to most forms of online gambling, not just sports wagering.
BREAKING: New Hampshire federal judge vacates the DoJ’s 2018 Wire Act reinterpretation and issues 60-page opinion concluding that the Wire Act applies only to sports betting. Grants New Hampshire Lottery’s motion for summary judgment and denies DoJ’s motion to dismiss.
— Daniel Wallach (@WALLACHLEGAL) June 3, 2019
During the lawsuit, regulated online gambling had largely continued without interruption, including in Pennsylvania, which plans to launch next month. The immediate impact will be in the sting left by the January opinion, which reversed the previous decade-long opinion. Multi-state online poker could end up being the biggest immediate winner, given that its status of crossing state borders made it the most vulnerable to scrutiny.
The decision likely won’t be the final say on the matter, with the judge hinting that the case could be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Should the US Department of Justice decide to appeal, up next would be the First Circuit Court of Appeals.
More than anything else, I expect today’s New Hampshire Wire Act opinion will pave the way for new interstate compacts for online poker. If I am an online poker operator, I am feeling very bullish.
— Marc Edelman (@MarcEdelman) June 3, 2019
Latest from the WSOP
The Big 50 crosses 25,000 entries with 8,000 entering on Sunday alone.
Yong “LuckySpewy1” Kwon took down the first online gold bracelet of the 2019 WSOP after winning the $400 WSOP.com No Limit Hold’em (Event #7) for $165,263, beating a total of 2,825 entries.
– The final six of the $50,000 No Limit Hold’em was set on Sunday with Ben Heath holding a slight chip lead over Sam Soverel. Joining them at the final table were Andrew Lichtenberger, Chance Kornuth, Nick Petrangelo, and Dmitry Yurasov.
– Monday saw the start of Day 2c of the WSOP Big 50 as the remaining participants seek the 1st place prize pool of over $1 million. Leandro Padilla began the day as the Day 2c clip leader when action began at 10 AM PT.
– Day 3 of the $2,500 Limit Mixed Triple Draw (Event #6) began on Monday with 13 players remaining including Jake Schwartz, who started the day first in chips. A winner will be determined by the end of the day on Monday.
– The $10,000 Short Deck No Limit Hold’em (Event #8) entered Day 2 with 18 players remaining out of 61 who entered on the day. Gabe Patgorski will start the day as the chip leader when action resumes at 3 PM PT.
Monday will see the start of two events, the $600 No Limit Hold’em Deepstack as well as the $1,500 Dealer’s Choice.
Watch the WSOP
On Monday, poker fans can tune into PokerGo for the final table of the $50,000 High Roller on PokerGo. Tomorrow, you will be able to watch the $600 No Limit Hold’em Deepstack on CBS All Access. Both channels require a small subscription fee.
– Poker players and content creators continue to react to recent efforts by YouTube to restrict gambling related videos.
– New Jersey online poker numbers continue to take a hit with the lowest reported April numbers of online poker’s 6 year history.
– Monday’s featured classic Grinderschool poker training video of the day continues a look at Colossos’ “Cash games with Colossos” series. In this episode, Colossos reviews a hand history of $0.05/$0.10.
Best poker videos on the Internet
– Daniel Negreanu reports in from the WSOP in his daily vlog, which he is posting every day during the 2019 WSOP. In this episode, Negreanu plays two events, the $400 online event as well as the first ever Short Deck.
– Brad Owen joins Andrew Neeme for a session of $2/$5 in their first Las Vegas meet-up game of 2019 at the South Point Casino.
– Missing out on live poker action from the WSOP? Check out the first episode of the No Limit Hold’em cash game from Triton Poker SHR Jeju.