Analysis of PokerStars’ Application for Interlocutory Appeal

Contents
1 PokerStars responds with application for interlocutory appeal
2 Analyzing PokerStars’ position
2.1 1. The Court should allow for interlocutory appeal
2.2 2. There were problems with trial court’s TRO decision
2.3 3. The trial court arbitrarily reversed itself on the TRO
2.4 4. Collection of misc. complaints
3 The next step for PokerStars & the Atlantic Club Casino
4 Read moreThe saga of PokerStars’ attempt to break into the regulated United States gaming market took another twist this week as PokerStars continued to pursue its attempt to purchase the financially troubled Atlantic Club Casino.That deal had appeared doomed following a recent New Jersey state trial court ruling denying PokerStars’ request for a temporary restraining order (TRO) blocking the Atlantic Club from terminating the parties’ Purchase Agreement and pursuing other potential buyers.PokerStars responds with application for interlocutory appealThursday, PokerStars filed a motion for leave to appeal the trial court’s ruling denying the TRO. Because the trial court’s ruling was only preliminary, PokerStars does not have any right to appeal at this point in the proceedings.Instead, PokerStars has requested permission to file what is known as an interlocutory appeal. The appellate court has broad discretion to grant or deny leave to file an interlocutory appeal.Generally, appellate courts will only grant leave to file an interlocutory appeal where a party can demonstrate substantial prejudice will result if they are forced to wait to appeal until after the underlying lawsuit reaches a final disposition. Much like the grant of a TRO itself, interlocutory appeals are an extraordinary remedy permitted only in unusual situations.Analyzing PokerStars’ positionAlong with its motion for leave to appeal, PokerStars filed a supporting brief which sets out in detail the legal reasons why the appellate court should permit interlocutory appeal. Although the brief addresses the merits of the arguments for entry of a TRO, the purpose of the brief is to persuade the appellate court that the trial court’s TRO ruling should be reviewed immediately.PokerStars raises four main points in its brief:1. The Court should allow for interlocutory appealFirst, PokerStars argues that interlocutory appeal should be permitted because:This argument falls flat, however, because PokerStars is requesting a TRO to prevent the sale of the Atlantic Club to another purchaser, one which would presumably also fund the casino’s operations and pensions. If the Atlantic Club were truly facing a choice between selling to PokerStars and bankruptcy, presumably they would sell to PokerStars.Similarly, the mere fact a case is high-profile or connected to a major industry is seldom sufficient basis for permitting a party to bypass the usual requirement of proceeding to a final disposition prior to seeking appellate review.2. There were problems with trial court’s TRO decisionPokerStars’ second point is that the trial court improperly interpreted New Jersey gaming laws and deprived the Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) of its statutorily-mandated 121-day review period for interim casino authority (ICA) applications. This argument is essentially a rehash of PokerStars’ trial court argument that the Atlantic Club could not terminate the Purchase Agreement pursuant to an “Outside Date” clause when that Outside Date was less than 121 days after the DGE deemed PokerStars’ ICA application complete. Previously, PokerStars argued that the Outside Date is either the contractual “Closing Date” or is “inextricably linked” to the Closing Date; neither of these arguments were persuasive to the trial court.In an interesting rhetorical move, however, PokerStars has subtly reformulated its Outside Date argument. In its latest brief, PokerStars now asserts that the Outside Date as interpreted by the Atlantic Club and the trial court “operates as a closing date” and thereby improperly interferes with the DGE’s ability to investigate PokerStars’ ICA application.In particular, PokerStars asserts that the DGE is prejudiced by the Outside Date provision because the DGE has invested significant time and resources into investigating PokerStars’ ICA application, resources which are now wasted if the Purchase Agreement has been terminated.PokerStars’ belated concern for the DGE is somewhat perplexing considering PokerStars agreed to the Outside Date provision. Further, the DGE resource argument is overblown considering New Jersey gaming regulations (N.J. Admin. Code § 13:69A-9.4) already assess all costs of investigating ICA applications—including DGE personnel expenses—to the applicant.3. The trial court arbitrarily reversed itself on the TROPokerStars’ third point is that “the trial court arbitrarily reversed itself and disturbed the status quo.” Here, PokerStars complains that the trial court initially granted a TRO based on a finding of irreparable harm to PokerStars if the Atlantic Club were to sell to another buyer, but then later lifted the TRO exposing PokerStars to that very harm.Although PokerStars cites to the trial court’s comments from an initial hearing the day after the TRO was put in place, PokerStars fails to note that the trial court also stated that he had put the TRO in place solely based on his “initial sense” of the legal arguments based on PokerStars’ filings, and without benefit of the Atlantic Club’s filings. The trial court explicitly stated he wanted to wait for the main hearing on the TRO to reach a final determination as to whether to keep the TRO in place. After that full hearing, the trial court concluded PokerStars was unlikely to prevail on the merits of its argument, so a TRO was inappropriate regardless of whether PokerStars might be harmed by a sale of the Atlantic Club to another buyer.4. Collection of misc. complaintsPokerStars’ final point is a hodgepodge of miscellaneous complaints about the evidence relied upon by the trial court at the hearing on the TRO. PokerStars primarily attacks three affidavits from former NJ gaming commissioners as being improper evidence, including attacking one of the affidavits because the commissioner was also a retired judge who PokerStars asserts is ethically barred from serving as an expert witness.PokerStars also complains that one of the Atlantic Club’s attorneys improperly gave factual testimony during the course of the hearing. These types of attacks are collateral to the merits of the underlying legal arguments which turn solely on the Purchase Agreement and the New Jersey gaming statute. Appellate court judges generally take a dim view of these types of complaints; at best, they only serve to distract the appellate court from the real legal issues.The next step for PokerStars & the Atlantic Club CasinoAt this point, the Atlantic Club will likely file a resistance to PokerStars’ application for interlocutory appeal. The appellate court may deny PokerStars’ application without waiting for a resistance, though doing so is uncommon.Even if the application is granted, the parties would then file additional briefs on the merits of the arguments for and against a TRO. Briefing usually takes several weeks to complete, even on an expedited schedule (and appellate courts rarely move quickly).A decision on appeal might well not be issued until after the August 9, 2013 deadline for the DGE to rule on PokerStars’ ICA application; if PokerStars does not get an ICA, then the appeal (and the underlying lawsuit) would be moot. PokerStars could request the appellate court to enter its own TRO pending resolution of the appeal, but such relief is rather unlikely where the trial court has already determined PokerStars is unlikely to prevail.With late June deadlines looming for the initial round of New Jersey online gaming permits, PokerStars’ decision to pursue an interlocutory appeal seems to indicate that salvaging the Atlantic Club deal is PokerStars’ best, and possibly only, option for breaking into the New Jersey online gaming market. We should know in a few weeks whether PokerStars still has a shot at buying the Atlantic Club.Read more
Copy of the Purchase Agreement.
Coverage of the PokerStars / ACC deal from OPR.
More analysis and background from Grange here and here.

Analysis of PokerStars’ Application for Interlocutory Appeal

NV Licensee Profile: Central Account Management System

This is one of a series of profiles covering companies that hold a license to participate in Nevada’s online gambling market.Contents
1 Details and Timeline of CAMS Nevada License
1.1 Partnerships and role in Nevada market
2 Central Account Management System- Company Overview
2.1 CAMS Power Players
3 CAMS: Potential in other US markets
4 Additional CAMS-related LinksCentral Account Management System (commonly shortened to CAMS LLC) is a Los Angeles-based id verification and payment processing company is a subsidiary of the massive Verifi umbrella. CAMS duties in the newly regulated Nevada market will be payment connectivity and regulatory compliance. Verifi was formed in 2005 and since then the company has been at the forefront of the verification industry, and has numerous subsidiary companies similar to CAMS under its sway.Details and Timeline of CAMS Nevada License
In November of 2012 CAMS LLC received preliminary approval from the Nevada Gaming Control Board (The NGC is a three person panel) to receive a Class 2 Service Provider license in Nevada. With the NGCB’s approval CAMS would simply need to receive approval from the Nevada Gaming Commission, which occurred two weeks later.
On November 15, 2012 CAMS was rewarded with a Service Provider license after passing the scrutiny of the Nevada Gaming Commission. At the time they received their license CAMS was the first company to receive a license that allowed them to process payments for the Nevada market.As detailed above, CAMS will play a very specific role in the Nevada market, focusing on player verification checks and payment processing. This role will allow CAMS to partner with as many casinos as they wish.Partnerships and role in Nevada marketCAMS has already partnered with Fertitta Interactive’s Ultimate Poker website to provide ID and geo-location verifications. As more and more online poker rooms come online CAMS will likely form many strategic partnerships, performing either “Know Your Customer” checks, or to process deposits and withdrawals for online poker sites.Central Account Management System- Company OverviewCAMS itself was only created in 2012 by Matthew Katz, and according to the site’s Linkedin page the company now boasts from 51-200 employees –not too shabby for a company that has only been around for about a year.The simplest way to describe what CAMS does is through their mission statement that can be found on their website: “Offering lottery and online wagering operators the ability to collect and manage player information, assist merchants and operators to monitor and comply with internal and external regulation policy, facilitate payment deposit and withdrawals, and enforce operator business rules.”In addition to their usual role, CAMS will be tasked with the all-important “Know Your Customer” checks that must be run on every player that registers at a Nevada online poker site, as well as being the first payment processor to receive a license from the Nevada Gaming Commission.CAMS is one of the numerous niche companies that has applied for and received an online poker service provider license in Nevada. Unlike all-encompassing service providers like 888 or Bally Technologies, CAMS has two specific, and extremely important, roles in the Nevada market; to provide verification systems for online poker operators and to process payments.The lists of services CAMS will provide to the online poker industry in Nevada include:
Know Your Customer ID checks: including age verification
Geo-Location and Device ID verification
Payment Processing
Payment processing fraud detection and security
Problem Gambler self-exclusion lists
Player deposit limit checksUnfortunately, CAMS got off to a bad start in Nevada when they contracted work related to verification to Iovation, the company founded by former Ultimate Bet executive and partial owner Greg Pierson.When news of Iovation’s involvement in the new Nevada market came to light CAMS was forced to drop the company, but a bad precedent had been set, as poker players wondered if the new “regulated” market was simply the same as the old unregulated market that oversaw the Super-User scandals. Thankfully, Ultimate Poker and CAMS quickly severed their relationship with Iovation.CAMS Power Players
Matthew Katz, CEOMatthew Katz, the CEO of CAMS was also the founder of the company and sees a bright future his company, especially as he makes major inroads into the burgeoning online gaming market in the US. Katz started his first business while he was still enrolled at Washington University in St Louis, where he later graduated with a degree in Economics. CAMS is simply the latest endeavor in a long line of successes for this young entrepreneur.CAMS: Potential in other US marketsWith their ability to process payments and take on the very difficult process of player verifications, CAMS has a future in virtually every market in the country. This can be seen by the simple fact that CAMS is not even located in Nevada, yet still received a Nevada online poker license to act as a verification company and payment processor.Additional CAMS-related LinksCAMS Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/company/cams-llcCAMS Corporate page: http://www.centralams.com/*Resources: www.centralams.com

NV Licensee Profile: Central Account Management System

OPR Bulletin: Week of June 17th, 2013

Get the OPRB in your inbox hours before it’s posted online – sign up for our email list.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. Read an in-depth analysis of PokerStars’ filing on OPR here.#2. New Jersey regulators set a deadline of June 30th for casinos to ink online gambling partnerships. With more than half of the state’s potential operators still unaffiliated, the new deadline could spark a series of deals in the brief window that remains. A deal involving Trump and an as-yet-unnamed partner could come this week.#3. Illinois lawmakers will convene for a special session this week to address the state’s pension crisis. Gambling expansion and pension reform have been joined at the hip politically in Illinois, meaning that if pension reform is on the table, gambling expansion probably is too. Movement on online gambling is a long, long shot, but not completely implausible in a session that could potentially produce unexpected results.… + the week that was
PokerStars CEO Mark Scheinberg reached a $50mm settlement with the U.S. government.
Former Absolute Poker principal Brent Beckley was reportedly released from prison.
A key Pennsylvania legislator said online gambling was a dead issue until 2015.
PokerStars began investigation of an alleged case of forced disconnection attacks.
An interesting attempt to “short” the market for staking poker players failed.Recently on OPROn this week’s Rabbit Hunt, Mark and I talk PokerStars’ appeal, Scheinberg’s settlement and controversy over the the growth of hold’em at the WSOP.And I offered up 5 Reasons Rep. Peter King’s Online Gambling Bill is DOA. Finally, I have a new article in the June issue of CEM – “Player Segregation in Online Poker: Fad or Future?”Picks#GoodRead – Missed this one while I was on vacation, but Grange95 has the most in-depth writeup of thePokerStars Purchase Agreement with the Atlantic Club Casino that I’ve seen anywhere.

OPR Bulletin: Week of June 17th, 2013

All Thumbs Up For Bet Raise Fold

The long-anticipated premiere of the poker documentary Bet Raise Fold: The Story of Online Poker came to fruition at the Palms Casino on Friday night when the Bet Raise Fold brain-trust of Jay Rosenkrantz, Taylor Caby, and Ryan Firpo unveiled the film to some of the biggest names in poker (my invitation may have been lost in the mail).The reaction to the film has been extremely positive across the board.Former Victory Poker CEO Dan Fleyshman attended the premiere and the high expectations he brought into the theater were exceeded:Executive Producer Tom Dwan summed-up Jay Rosenkrantz’s recent contributions to poker (which includes not only Bet Raise Fold, but also The Micros) perfectly with his pre-premiere Tweet:And Dwan definitely liked the movie and the potential windfall his 1/3 ownership of Bet Raise Fold may bring, tweeting just a few hours later:Peter Jetten seems to have also liked the film, but not quite as much as the after-party judging by his post-premiere Tweet:In my opinion, the best moment of the night was when TwoPlusTwo owner Mason Malmuth offered a dedicated forum for the film … with a few caveats, according to the comical live blogging of QuadJacks.com’s Matt Kaufman:Malmuth (along with several others) offered his thoughts on the film over at TwoPlusTwo, saying he feels that:Read more reactions to the film on TwoPlusTwo here, starting around post #254.

All Thumbs Up For Bet Raise Fold

Genting Poker Bails on Hendon Mob Players, Then Backtracks

Genting Poker has been under siege by The Hendon Mob online poker community since Friday, thanks to a post by Genting Poker Room Manager James Lowe stating that Genting was cancelling their Hendon Mob Tournament $ promotion – effective immediately.So Lowe’s post was effectively saying that all players who joined Genting Poker (a part of the iPoker Network) through The Hendon Mob would have all unused Tournament $ rescinded – meaning they would receive zero value for earned tournament currency that was basically as good as cash.Obviously this went over about as well with Hendon Mobbers as Ben Mezrich lecturing the poker world on the virtues of Absolute Poker.Genting retracts policy change, claims errorFortunately for Hendon Mobbers it looks like Genting and their new Poker Room Manager James Lowe have come to their senses.After nearly three days of silence Lowe returned to the forum just hours ago to backtrack on Genting’s new position [bold mine]:Now, compare that to the original post: “This does mean that any points you have accrued and not used are no longer valid,” and you’ll see why the word backtrack is getting thrown around a lot.But the good news is that everything appears to have been worked out in the end.Severe backlash over original decisionThe initial decision is all the more baffling when you consider James Lowe’s work experience in the world of online poker; with his resume he must have known the blowback he would receive for what is essentially a bait and switch tactic.As one Mobber “neilcaterham” said, “This is starting to sound like one of them Yank sites,”The cancellation so shocked the community that posters on the forum thought it was a level, or some diabolical plot to besmirch James Lowe’s name. One poster “4K Suited” hypothesized:Unfortunately, it wasn’t a joke or an “ill-judged statement.”Several players attempted to redeem their tournament dollars and/or contact support to see if the promotion was in fact cancelled, and all signs pointed to yes, the promo was just cancelled out of the blue.Even The Hendon Mob wasn’t notified, and had to read about the cancelled promotion on their own forum:Another poster “AKHater” explained how the cancellation of the affiliated deal would have a real-world impact on players like himself:

Genting Poker Bails on Hendon Mob Players, Then Backtracks

Adelson: Make Internet Gaming Illegal Nationwide

Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson has penned a scathing indictment over at Forbes of efforts to regulate online gambling in the United States.In the article, Adelson calls online gambling a “societal train wreck waiting to happen,” “a toxin which all good people ought to resist” and claims that online gambling could lead to the “demise” of land-based operators.Read the whole piece here.For his claim regarding the impact of online gambling on land-based operators, Adelson refers to, but does not identify by title, “[r]ecent research from a number of European countries.”LV Sands said to support online pokerIt’s important to note that Adelson’s position is not necessarily synonymous with the opinion of the company he controls.In February of 2013, AGA head Frank Fahrenkopf indicated that all AGA members – including Las Vegas Sands – supported federal online poker regulation.Adelson has long history with online gambling issueThis is far from the first time that Adelson has come out swinging against online gambling regulation.But it does seem to mark a dramatic shift from his earlier position on the issue. In 2001 he told the Las Vegas Sun that “our hat will be in the ring” for regulated online gambling, and praised the efforts of Nevada lawmakers toward regulating such activity. And in 2006 his company announced plans for a UK-facing online gambling venture with Cantor.Featured image credit: Bectrigger, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0.

Adelson: Make Internet Gaming Illegal Nationwide

Absolute Poker Head Serves Relatively Short Sentence

According to a report from Gambling911, former Absolute Poker principal Brent Beckley has been released from federal custody roughly 10 months into a 14-month sentence.The following video purports to show Beckley’s release:A search of the Federal Bureau of Prisons Inmate Locator suggests that Beckley is still in custody. The site claims to be updated daily. I have not seen the news confirmed by a source other than G911.A shortened sentence wouldn’t come as a complete surprise, as the DoJ argued aggressively for leniency in Beckley’s case (although the original 14-month sentence itself was generally considered lenient).

Absolute Poker Head Serves Relatively Short Sentence

Early Signs From DiCristina Hearing Positive for Poker

Contents
1 Early signs point to a positive outcome for poker
2 Issue of poker as a skill game not directly in play
3 Would an upholding of Weinstein’s ruling make online poker legal in the US?A significant legal test for poker in America appears to have gone well for proponents of the game.Today, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in U.S. vs DiCristina, with the US appealing an earlier ruling that found the IGBA does not apply to poker.Not familiar with the DiCristina case? Here’s an excellent (and concise) summary.Early signs point to a positive outcome for pokerWhile a decision has yet to be issued by the court, people close to the case saw much to like about today’s proceedings:Live reporting was not allowed from within the courtroom.To re-emphasize, these are impressions of those close to the case and do not represent a guarantee of any particular outcome.Issue of poker as a skill game not directly in playMuch of what excited poker players about the original ruling by Judge Weinstein was his emphasis on poker as a game of skill – more like chess than craps.But the amount of skill involved in poker was not directly in play during today’s hearing, as the DoJ elected to not contest the ruling on that issue. Instead, the DoJ argued that Judge Weinstein had misinterpreted the IGBA, renedering the issue of skill vs chance moot.So what is the impact of the DoJ ignoring the skill issue? A poster on TwoPlusTwo clarified the implications of the DoJ’s decision:Again, this is all pre-decision speculation.Would an upholding of Weinstein’s ruling make online poker legal in the US?No, although it would be a general step in that direction. Online gambling would still be subject to state laws and possibly to other federal laws.

Early Signs From DiCristina Hearing Positive for Poker

NV Licensee Profile: Boyd Gaming

This is one of a series of profiles covering companies that hold a license to participate in Nevada’s online gambling market.Contents
1 Details and Timeline of Boyd Gaming’s Nevada License
1.1 Partnerships and role in Nevada market
2 Company Overview
2.1 Boyd Gaming Power Players
3 Potential in other US markets
4 LinksBoyd Gaming is one of the largest casino developers and operators in the world. Boyd can boast some 22 casinos under the company’s umbrella (15 of which are wholly owned by Boyd Gaming), including well-known Las Vegas properties like California Hotel, Freemont Hotel, Main Street Station, El Dorado, Gold Coast, Sun Coast, and the Orleans.Additionally, Boyd Gaming holds full and partial stakes in multiple casinos across the US, the best known of these being the Borgata in Atlantic City, New Jersey, widely considered the best casino on the AC Boardwalk.Details and Timeline of Boyd Gaming’s Nevada License
In February of 2012 Boyd Gaming was among the first companies to apply for an online poker license in Nevada. With the addition of Boyd Gaming the number of early applicants grew to a dozen, but with only a handful of companies seeking an operator’s license; the rest submitted applications for a service provider license.
On October 2, 2012 Boyd Gaming went before the Nevada Gaming Control Board in a preliminary licensing hearing. After a unanimous vote the NGCB recommended Boyd Gaming for an operator license. Two weeks later the Nevada Gaming Commission would put the final stamp on Boyd’s iGaming license in Nevada.
On October 18, 2012 Boyd Gaming received their online poker operator license from the Nevada Gaming Commission. Boyd gaming became just the third company to procure an operator license, following in the footsteps of Monarch Casino and ACEP.Boyd’s operator license allows the company to offer online poker games to residents of Nevada and visitors within the state’s borders.Partnerships and role in Nevada marketBoyd gaming is expected to partner with the online giant bwin.party (as will the MGM), and use Party Poker’s software for their online poker games. This would be the first time Party Poker’s software will be seen since they left the US market after UIGEA passed in late 2006. Party Poker was the #1 online poker room in the world prior to this, so it will be interesting to see if Party can reconnect with the US population, or if sites like Full Tilt and PokerStars have solidified themselves.Company OverviewBoyd Gaming was the brainchild of Sam Boyd the patriarch of the Boyd family, and his son William who was a practicing attorney at the timed the family started their gaming empire. Willaim Boyd ascended to the role of CEO of Boyd Gaming after his father’s passing in 1993, and remained CEO until his retirement in 2008, turning the reins over to the first non-Boyd CEO of the company, Keith Smith.Sam Boyd’s story is altogether amazing, but not unheard of in the early Las Vegas tales. Sam brought his family to the newly created oasis in the early 1940’s, working as everything from a dealer to a pit boss, to shift manager in the burgeoning gaming industry, all the while saving a nest egg which he eventually used to buy into the Sahara Hotel and Casino. By the mid-1970’s Sam, along with his son William had been in the casino business for going over three decades when the pair decided to get into the casino development game, which was the catalyst for the formation of Boyd Gaming on January 1, 1975.In Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming is known for its honest dealings and open books –which led the NGC to turn to Boyd Gaming when other casinos were being investigated during the mob-days of the 1980’s, which later led to the Boyd’s assuming control of the Stardust Casino’s gaming operations.Now the company is looking to start down a new path, as they have received approval to operated an online poker room in the state of Nevada.Boyd Gaming Power Players
Executive Chairman of Boyd Gaming: William S. Boyd -William S. Boyd, along with his father Sam Boyd, founded Boyd Gaming in 1974. The former attorney turned gaming mogul has developed and operated Boyd Gaming properties since 1975, opening properties in a number of US states beginning in Nevada but also in New Jersey, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
Vice President of Boyd Gaming: William R. Boyd – The next Boyd that entered the now-family-business was William R. Boyd. William R. serves as Boyd Gaming’s Vice President and oversees many of the company’s day-to-day functions. William R. started his tenure with Boyd Gaming in 1977, and worked his way up the corporate ladder to his current role in 1991. He also serves on the Boyd Gaming Board of Directors.
President and CEO of Boyd Gaming: Keith E. Smith – One man not in the Boyd family who plays a major role at Boyd Gaming is the company’s CEO Keith Smith. Smith has been with Boyd Gaming since 1990, and has worked in the gaming industry since the early 1980’s. Smith was promoted to Executive Vice President of Operations in 1998 and to Chief Operating Officer in 2001. In 2005,he ascended to the role of President and in 2008 took on the mantle of CEO of Boyd Gaming.Potential in other US marketsLike most Las Vegas casino operators, Boyd Gaming will likely find the goings tough in other markets where they have no presence. But with federal lawmakers introducing bills, and Nevada’s governor signing a law that would permit inter-state online poker, who knows what the future will bring for US online poker and Boyd Gaming.Links
Boyd Gaming Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/company/boyd-gaming
Boyd Gaming Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BoydGaming
Boyd Gaming Twitter: https://twitter.com/boydgaming
Boyd Gaming Corporate page: www.boydgaming.com
*Resources: www.wikipedia.org, www.boydgaming.com

NV Licensee Profile: Boyd Gaming

OPR Bulletin: Week of June 24th, 2013

Get the OPRB in your inbox hours before it’s posted online – sign up for our email list.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 they’ll be live in New Jersey at launch, and also the Trump properties.#2. DiCristina – The general sense of observers is that the DiCristina hearing went well for poker players. Read a synopsis of the hearing at TwoPlusTwo (start at post #18) and at Diamond Flush, and then read Grange’s sober assessment of exactly what impact a favorable ruling would have on the legal status of online poker in the United States. There is no firm timeline for a decision, which could come as early as this week.#3. Sheldon Adelson – The LVS CEO raised the hackles of online poker players with an opinion piece at Forbes slamming online gambling regulation and a follow up interview with Bloomberg. Expect more information / insight in the days to come into why Adelson is choosing to publicly attack an industry he once embraced at this particular point in time – and perhaps another blast from Adelson.The week that was
John Mehaffey issued a warning regarding play on the Revolution (Lock) Poker Network.
PartyPoker removed benefits for high-volume players without notice.
CalvinAyre.com explored the complicated question of Playtech’s potential in the U.S. market.
Swedish state gambling operator Svensa Spel refunded around a half a million USD to players who were victims of an alleged bot ring. Background on the story from PokerFuse here.
Zynga bolstered their real-money gambling team by acquiring Spooky Cool Labs.Recently on OPROn this week’s Rabbit Hunt, Mark and I cover Adelson’s slam of online poker, WSOP happenings of note and the DiCristina hearing.And here’s the latest installment of OPR’s comprehensive Online Poker in the States, providing regulatory updates for all relevant states in the U.S..Picks#GoodRead – Kim Lund articulates the Migratory Patterns of Online Poker Players in an interesting piece over at QuadJacks.@Follow – Great land-based casino coverage from David McKee over at @StiffsGeorges.

OPR Bulletin: Week of June 24th, 2013