Archive for September, 2013

Who Says US Lawmakers Are Against Online Poker?

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

johnmccain_onlinepokerOne can’t help but get a good chuckle out of the entire circus surrounding online poker legislature in the US, especially when even our lawmakers are caught playing poker from their iPhones during serious congressional hearings.

According to a report in The Guardian (not to mention social media outbursts of laughter), Republican Senator John McCain was recently photographed/caught on film attentively playing poker on his iPhone during the extremely heated Senate Syria hearing that has been widely debated and covered by all news outlets. Melina Mara, who is a Washington Post photographer, couldn’t help but snap away pictures of McCain when she observed him actually engaged in a poker game on his smartphone during a very tense senate debate over Syria and potential US action in the grave matter within the Middle Eastern country.

I guess even lawmakers fall prey to the same curiosities we do while working, right? But most concerning is that after McCain realized he was snapped by a photographer during his online poker session while seated during the Syria hearing, he didn’t seem too concerned at all. Supporting what I believe to be a lack of contrition when caught playing online poker from his iPhone, McCain tweeted that a lengthy 3-hour long session concerning intervention in Syria (which he is firmly in favor of), was to blame, not his love for poker.

I’m not necessarily suggesting that Mr. McCain was logged onto Ultimate Poker or playing for real money, but I am pointing out that online poker has certainly commanded serious popularity, has it not? It sure seems that poker has made its fair share of headlines in the US regarding proposed bills and several failed attempts to getting an appropriate bill passed into legislature.

For me personally, my interest is piqued in this matter and I find it interesting that poker is actually being played online in the very room it so desperately is trying to become legalized for real money wagering. But my most pressing question is this: Hey Senator McCain, did you win?

888 Furthering US Online Gambling Interests

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

While many operators in the iGaming industry are focused on the upcoming launch of New Jersey online casinos in November, 888 Holdings is looking even further into the future and farther out into the US market.

Chiefly working throughout the European and UK online gambling markets, 888 has been missing from the US market since the UIGEA crackdown in 2006. However, since individual US states have slowly begun to regulate internet wagering, 888 is undeniably gearing up for a potentially successful return into the US-facing market.

Not too long ago, 888 joined forces with Caesars Entertainment in a partnership that has a potential outcome wherein gamers will see the 888 brand linked to perhaps two New Jersey casinos. Caesars owns 4 Atlantic City casinos: Bally, Harrah’s, Showboat, and of course, Caesars.

Beyond its budding presence within the New Jersey market, in Nevada, 888 is set to power gaming software for the online site of the Caesars-branded WSOP. Despite delays in Nevada stemming from various regulatory issues, there will likely be a resurgence of Nevada based online activity as we approach the New Jersey launch this November.

888 also has prospects in Delaware, where, like Nevada, we’ve seen some delays in launching sites. In Delaware, 888 is confidently entrenched in another would-be, lucrative deal with Scientific Games Corporation and Williams Interactive. All in all, online gambling interests in Delaware are budding as more interstate possibilities emerge in the industry at large. And despite being a small State, Delaware has much to gain from potential interstate gambling deals.

Even though we’ve seen less than a handful of US states come out of the gates running, 888 has expressed confidence that more state’s will move forward, such as Florida, California and New York – if even at intrastate levels. 888 now stands to be a key player in the few states that have already legalized certain forms of online casino legislation, having the potential to hold nearly 50% of the U.S. market. Add interstate deals to the mix and the potential earnings sky rocket.

888 has certainly turned up the dial within its US gambling market interests. The well-known online gambling brand has its hand stirring each pot in every state that is currently moving forward to offer online wagering for real money in the US, and will likely also grab a hold in other states that opt to regulate.

Latest Wynn Possibilities in Atlantic City

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Last month, Wynn Resorts entered the New Jersey online gambling market with surprising interest in either buying a casino in Atlantic City or partnering with an online casino brand to launch a site in New Jersey. Surprising indeed because Steve Wynn himself recently stated that New Jersey was the “enemy” in relation to the brick ‘n mortar gambling industry.

Exploring the idea of Wynn Resorts perhaps taking over the beleaguered Atlantic Club Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, I personally have less faith that Steve Wynn meant what he said. Perhaps he did for a bit – but for the brief time between his statement and the realization that properties are actually still available in New Jersey.

What if Wynn Resorts did indeed buy the Atlantic Club in Atlantic City in order to gain a foothold in New Jersey’s highly anticipated internet gaming market? After all, Wynn knows the property right? Steve Wynn actually built the Atlantic City Boardwalk’s southernmost casino property back in 1980. At the time, the property opened as the Golden Nugget. Seven years later he sold it. Since then, the casino has seen its share of name and branding changes.

As previously reported, a Wynn subsidiary discretely applied for one of New Jersey’s online gambling licenses. The Press of Atlantic City found out, however, both the Division of Gaming Enforcement and Wynn officials have remained mum on the subject. For enforcement officials, this is obviously a confidential matter. But for Wynn Resorts, mum is the word apparently, as they perhaps back-peddle on Steve Wynn’s previous comments regarding New Jersey.

A requirement in New Jersey is that online gaming providers must partner with an operating Atlantic City resort. Though all but 2 casinos in Atlantic City have entered into such partnerships, the Atlantic Club has remained on the market.

New Jersey is set to take off this coming Thanksgiving and analysts believe it will be far more profitable than Nevada’s online poker market. New Jersey has more than 9 million residents and is adjacent to New York City, Philadelphia and other heavily populated and gambling-friendly areas.

Reuters has firmly stated that Nevada’s online casino market will generate $50 million to $250 million in annual revenue while New Jersey is predicted to generate $500 million to $1 billion yearly.

Does Steve Wynn still have an affinity for the Atlantic Club despite his remarks about online gambling and New Jersey? It has been reported around Atlantic City that Wynn has regularly visited the property in the past months.

In other Atlantic City standings, PokerStars has moved on to become the online gaming partner for Resorts Atlantic City. We recently covered an article about Gibraltar-based 888 Holdings and its Caesars Entertainment Corp.’s partnership in New Jersey. Gamesys Limited of Britain has signed on with the Tropicana Atlantic City. Trump Plaza has apparently shacked-up with Betfair, and Borgata has partnered with Bwin.party of Gibraltar.

We also covered the news surrounding PaddyPower and its would-be interest in the Atlantic Club. Paddy Power passed licensure vetting in Nevada last year and has since announced interest in New Jersey. Perhaps the Atlantic Club is being wooed by both Wynn and Paddy Power?

Lastly, Landry’s Inc., the owner of the Golden Nugget Atlantic City, might be eyeing a sell-out. The property, despite an expensive renovation, has not seen the revenue it needs to succeed. Also a Wynn possibility, no? The company has not made a definitive decision and may consider selling internet gaming rights on the property also. So many options, you might have better odds playing online keno.

A New Look At All Slots

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

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