# News & Speculation


Dan Michalski, August 4, 2014

It’s Responsible Gaming Education Week, August 4-8, you probably know, or maybe not, because “responsible gaming” isn’t exactly something we celebrate in a culture that extols the virtue of being “All In”. And it’s not likely that poker is about to see any special prizes for best bankroll management or superior game selection or, say, […]


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Dan Michalski, July 9, 2014

There are a few people who stand out in poker because they do things differently than most everyone else — in ways we all know we’d stand to benefit by emulating. Unfortunately, too often we don’t recognize that until these people are gone. Chad Brown will forever be attached to the Summer of 2014 for […]


Gaming Counsel, May 24, 2014

In April of this year, Ontario’s Auditor General, Bonnie Lysyk, released her report on the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s Modernization Plan. The report was prepared and made public in response to motions passed by the legislature’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts. The report is a sobering read for OLG, for the government, and for […]


Dan Michalski, April 21, 2014

There’s a fair amount of research going on these days looking at that ever-fine line between gaming and gambling (Gainsbury, Russell, & Hing, 2014). This mini-documentary looks at the size and complexity of virtual gaming economies, and reveals how popular recreational online activities are vulnerable to cheaters and Chinese gold farmers (prisoners made to play […]


Pokerati Promo, April 3, 2014

We’re certain that you’re no stranger to Europe’s longest established poker tournament, The Irish Open. Terry Rogers had become hooked on No Limit Holdem during a trip to Vegas, and upon Returning to Ireland, Terry established the Irish Open which became the catalyst in spreading this variation of the game throughout Ireland, and then across […]


Gaming Counsel, March 29, 2014

This past week, two sources of information became available indicating how the Canadian government will increase its regulation and oversight of virtual currencies, including bitcoin. Through a combination of legislative and regulatory changes, Parliament and the Financial Reports Analysis Centre of Canada—Canada’s financial intelligence unit—will wrap “dealers” in virtual currencies into the current money services […]


Gaming Counsel, March 24, 2014

On March 14th, lawyers for four plaintiffs filed suit in Toronto against Mt Gox, the bitcoin exchange embroiled in ongoing scandal. Defendants include several corporations in the Mt Gox Group of companies and Mark Karpeles, a majority shareholder in those companies and Mt Gox’s CEO. The notice of action for the lawsuit is here. Among […]


Robert Goldfarb, March 19, 2014

Ed Miller’s latest book, Poker’s 1% reveals the secret of poker’s most elite players.  The book exposes this secret in one word: frequency. Ed states that the biggest winners in no-limit hold ’em know that winning play requires playing each hand with the proper frequency. He demonstrates how playing hands correctly and applying this knowledge makes your […]


Gaming Counsel, February 27, 2014

The Canadian finance minister, Jim Flaherty, presented the federal government’s 2014 budget plan to Parliament on February 11th. Cryptocurrencies played a small part in the budget, though still an important one for Canadian businesses in the sector. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are addressed under the heading “Strengthening Canada’s Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorist Financing Regime.” The relevant […]


Gaming Counsel, February 13, 2014

On February 11th, David George-Cosh broke the story of the release of an undated internal document produced by FinTRAC addressing the challenges of cryptocurrencies, primarily bitcoin. FinTRAC is Canada’s anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing watchdog. The document is a slide deck that was produced further to an Access to Information Act request. The WSJ blog post on […]


Dan Michalski, February 11, 2014

Call it lo-tech, but I bought an actual paper magazine on the way home from Christmas, Popular Science, which lured me with its cover story, “Predictions for 2014”. Semi-fascinating stuff regarding 3-D printing, a looming crackdown on opiate painkillers, and a right-around-the-corner future filled with bots — the good kind, apparently, not ones that threaten […]


Gaming Counsel, January 27, 2014

Preet Bharara, the US attorney for the Southern District of New York, today announced the unsealing of a federal criminal complaint against Robert Faiella and Charlie Shrem. It’s alleged that Faiella ran an underground bitcoin exchange on Silk Road. Shrem is well-known in the bitcoin community as the CEO of BitInstant and the Vice Chairman of […]


Dan Michalski, January 14, 2014

PokerStars, the biggest most legitimate online poker site in the world, which got that way by thumbing its nose at the US government for their stupid laws, has gotten the big X in Nevada, and in New Jersey … so where to next? According to my personal Linked In recommended jobs feed, the less pokery-sounding […]


Jeremy Henderson, January 10, 2014

Gone are the days when going to casino resorts with the family meant endless days spent at buffets and boring nights spent cooped up in cold hotel rooms with cranky kids and a dissatisfied spouse. These days, besides playing hosts to venerable World Series of Poker players, casinos are pretty family-centric now and gambling enthusiasts […]


Robert Goldfarb, December 16, 2013

All three of these companies’ ads are in heavy rotation on the Trenton, NJ, transit station video displays like they belong. (Take that Bill Frist!)