@OPReport's Online Poker Bulletin
From OnlinePokerReport.com for the week of April 15th …
STORIES TO WATCH THIS WEEK
#1. Ray Bitar completed the first step of a deal with the US Government last week. Word is his sentencing hearing could come this Friday. Jail time seems unlikely, but isn’t completely off the table …
#2. Illinois state senator Terry Link proposed a new path to online gambling by amending SB1995 last week to allow the Illinois Lottery to offer online “draw-based games,” defined as “games where a series of numbers or characters are determined to be the winning numbers or characters by a mechanical or computerized random number generator at a drawing time specified by the Department.”
In the week ahead I’ll be watching the bill for additional amendments and also for opinions on whether online poker can be crammed into the above definition.
+ THE WEEK THAT WAS
- Chad Elie sued Jeff Ifrah.
- WSOP.com invited players to test a beta version of their online poker client.
- A push to ban online gambling in Kansas fell short.
- Poker satirist SrslySirius signed on with Bluff Magazine.
- The DoJ released a lengthy indictment focused on the Legendz online sports book .
- Zynga appeared to have little impact on traffic at PartyPoker.
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