@OPReport's Online Poker Bulletin
3 STORIES TO WATCH THIS WEEK
#1. The Revolution Network is dealing with two unresolved stories – one regarding lengthy payment delays to a skin and one regarding a possible software bug related to hole cards – as the Lock-fronted network continues to lose ground.
#2. Empire (State) Poker: NY’s tentative step toward regulated online gambling will thrive or die between now and April 1st, the deadline for the state’s budget. Gov. Cuomo seems open to the idea, but we should get a good sense of what support the initiative actually has in the days ahead.
#3. IL and PA. This week could pass with no movement in PA, where a few soft deadlines for the introduction of an online gambling bill have come and gone. But the pressure for legislative progress on the larger issue of casino expansion is significant in IL and should result in a quicker timetable for online poker – one way or the other.
+ THE WEEK THAT WAS
- Caesars Interactive announced they’re hiring a poker room manager for WSOP.com (and a handful of other positions).
- The DoJ named a company to handle repayment of (Zombie) Full Tilt’s U.S. customers (get email alerts at the link).
- A mac-compatible version of PokerTracker 4 launched.
- Ultimate Poker announced the signing of Terrance Chan (first publicly announced pro signing by a regulated U.S. online poker site).
- 888 announced the formation of a U.S. company to spearhead the operator’s American efforts.
- PokerStars responded to the AGA’s petition in NJ.
RECENTLY FROM OPR
A quick FAQ on Full Tilt repayment. And Marco Valerio’s interview with Salim Adatia, CEO of GLI Interactive – the company behind software testing in Nevada. Plus an update to my Illinois FAQ to reflect last week’s changes to the bill’s “bad actor” clause.
#GoodRead – The New York Times has a good write up of the uncertain environment surrounding daily fantasy sports. Much of it should sound familiar to followers of online poker.
@Follow – @Pokeraddictnet. Often first to news on U.S. facing rooms + regulatory developments at the state level.