Chris Grove

Independent online poker and gaming industry reporter

Get in touch Chris Grove / / @OPReport / Google + / Skype: chrisgrove404

Posts by ChrisGrove:

  • Cleaning up or Cleaning out?

    02 Jul 2013

    Weekly bulletin from for the week of July 1st … STORIES WORTH WATCHING #1. Bet Raise Fold – Sunday was the worldwide release of the much-anticipated online poker documentary that has – so far – garnered an overwhelmingly positive response from advance viewers. Buy your copy here. If you supported the KickStarter campaign, you should have already received […]

  • New Jersey for Sale?

    24 Jun 2013

    Weekly bulletin from for June 24th … STORIES WORTH WATCHING #1. New Jersey – With a weekend deadline for potential licensees to announce partnerships, expect a flurry of activity – and possibly even the announcement of a casino sale agreement – in the next few days. Keep a close eye on Station / Ultimate Gaming, who have hinted […]

  • Scheinberg Shuffle

    18 Jun 2013

    STORIES TO WATCH THIS WEEK #1. PokerStars filed a request for interlocutory appeal late last week in connection with their attempt to purchase the Atlantic Club Casino. This week could bring a response from either the ACC or the NJ courts, moving us closer to a final resolution. Read an in-depth analysis of PokerStars’ filing on OPR […]

  • WSOP Dot Com Countdown

    27 May 2013

    From for the week of May 27th STORIES TO WATCH THIS WEEK #1. did not launch real-money poker last week as rumors suggested they would. But it’s a safe bet they will be launching the actual WSOP this week – on May 29th, to be exact. WSOP officials have indicated a desire to run online satellites to the […]

  • Under The Boardwalk

    20 May 2013

    From for the week of May 20th STORIES TO WATCH THIS WEEK #1. PokerStars came out on the losing end of last week’s legal battle with the Atlantic Club Casino. But given the latest statement from PokerStars, and the fact that they’ve sunk $10mm+ into the deal to date, I expect PokerStars to file new litigation in the days ahead. #2. iPoker has given skins until May […]

  • Lock-Blocked

    07 May 2013

    From for the week of May 6th STORIES TO WATCH THIS WEEK #1. PokerStars’ apparently failed deal for the Atlantic Club Casino dominated discussion last week. But based on statements from Stars, this story is far from told. Hopefully this week we’ll get some more information about the nature of the contract between PokerStars and the ACC. And if […]

  • Deposits on Lock-Down

    29 Apr 2013

    From for the week of April 29th STORIES TO WATCH THIS WEEK #1. Lock Poker has apparently cancelled a substantial amount of cash out requests. A rep from the room blames players “abusing the transfer tool” for the cancellations. Expect the pressure to grow on Lock and its sponsors this week as the situation continues to play out. #2. Illinois politicians, reportedly […]

  • Illinois Seeing (Poker)Stars

    22 Apr 2013

    From for the week of April 22nd STORIES TO WATCH THIS WEEK #1. Pennsylvania  representative Tina Davis (finally) introduced a bill to regulate online gambling late last week. Expect more specifics to emerge this week; early word is that the license fee is $5m and the tax rate is 28%. #2. Illinois members of the PPA just received a survey concerning PokerStars, […]

  • The Bitar End

    16 Apr 2013

    From 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 […]

  • Is There A Zynga Bump?

    08 Apr 2013

    From for the week of April 8th … 3 STORIES TO WATCH THIS WEEK #1. Zynga is now offering real-money gambling in the UK via the poker and casino platforms. Early traffic reports aren’t suggesting much of a bump for Party’s poker lobby. This week should provide a better sense of whether Zynga can actually move the needle at a […]