The Best of Poker's April Fools

The Best of Poker's April Fools

Ok, we admit that some April Fools stories can be pretty lame. I mean, c’mon, we aren’t doing one. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t recognize the efforts of those that are applying their creative muscle, and while the number of April Fools stories in poker have diminished over the years, there are still a couple out there (literally 2 that we found).

Poker Industry and Players Celebrate at The European Poker Awards

Poker Industry and Players Celebrate at The European Poker Awards

Similar to the celebration that took place in Beverly Hills earlier this month at the American Poker Awards, the Euros took their turn to recognize the players and industry insiders that have helped grow the game over the last year at the European Poker Awards.

Regulation Insight

RAWA went off like a damp squib, but raised the hackles of both the industry and the poker media. In Italy, the Netherlands and the UK, national gambling and gambling tax regimes are being exposed in the courts as illegal under EU laws.

A new federal bill to legalize online poker will shortly be introduced by Republican Representative Joe Barton.

Poker Room Insight

US players will soon have the chance to play lottery sit and gos, and Italian players will soon get an alternative to the Spin & Gos offered by and iPoker Italy.

888poker and the WSOP extend their relationship to include a sponsorship deal along with the introduction of shared liquidity in Delaware and Nevada.

Industry Insight

Payment processing for online gambling consolidates as Neteller and Skrill join forces. Fresh from fending off a takeover bid by William Hill, 888 Holdings has reported that 2014 was a record breaking year for the company.

888 and Amaya show their heels to the rest of the industry.

The Zeitgeist

The debate over patronizing the Sheldon Adelson-owned Venetian has reemerged. Expect to see headlines about the newly shared player pool between Nevada and Delaware.

The Tournament Director Association,liquidity sharing between Nevada and Delaware and the National Indian Gaming Association Tradeshow & Convention.

WPN Introduces Lottery SNGs to US Players

The Winning Poker Network plans to introduce Jackpot Poker—a version of the popular lottery SNG—on April 13.

WPN’s introduction of Jackpot Poker gives it a monopoly position in the US facing offshore market—no other operator offers US players lottery SNGs.

Reads of the Week

All unlicensed online gaming operators are not alike. In fact, many people often misuse the term unlicensed to refer to operators that are not nationally licensed.

Online gaming in Canada, Class II gaming in California and unlicensed vs nationally licensed igaming operators.

A hearing scheduled to take place Thursday March 5 on H.R. 707, also known as the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA), has been postponed due to inclement…

RAWA Hearing Postponed Due to Weather

A congressional hearing on the proposed legislation to ban online gaming in the US takes a back seat to the threats of inclement weather in the nation’s capital.