Two big developments for online poker documentary Bet Raise Fold.The first: An official opening date for the film, which is set for June 30th. The premiere will be on June 12th in Las Vegas at the Palms.The second: If youd like to attend that premiere, you can get a package that includes premiere tickets (but not travel) by chipping in for Bet Raise Folds official Kickstarter campaign.Support levels start at $15 (gets you a digital copy of the movie) and run all the way up into the many-thousands of dollars.There are some neat rewards, but my favorite has to be:Visit the Kickstarter campaign here. Teaser video for BRF below:Scott Seiver Takes Down 10k Limit Bracelet
Interesting Twitter back and forth between gaming attorneys Stuart Hoegner and David Gzesh regarding the applicability of the UIGEA to online gambling transactions in Bitcoin.Cliffs: The UIGEA might not apply if theres no financial nexus in the US, but bitcoin gambling transactions could still easily run afoul of state laws and other federal laws.The discussion started at Bitcoin 2013, where Gzesh was presenting on the issue:Does the UIGEA Apply to Online Gambling Transactions in Bitcoin?
The official trailer for Runner, Runner was released today. Set in the world of overseas online gambling and starring Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake, the movie is the highest-profile Hollywood take on Internet gambling to date.The current release date for Runner, Runner is September 27th.Watch the trailer:
Below is a screenshot from the trailer featuring some pretty-familiar-looking online poker tables. I believe thats the UNO deck mod.
Delaware is on track to launch casino-style online gambling by the end of September.But online poker does not appear to be part of the launch plan.Thats per GamblingCompliances Jennifer Webb at the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS):Not a terribly big surprise given Delawares population, but I could have seen 888 pushing for some small-scale poker product at launch just to plant a flag in the ground. Webb also semi-implies that Delaware hasnt made any serious progress on compact talks to date.Follow Brad Polizzano for good ongoing coverage of the NCLGS.Delaware Targeting Sept 30th For Online Gambling Launch, Poker Not in Immediate Plans
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid thinks the chances for a federal online poker bill in 2013 are close to nil.In an interview with the Las Vegas Sun, Reid put it plainly: I dont see anything happening.Reid said hes continuing to make a push for poker, but isnt confident we can get something done.Reid unimpressed by King billThe Senator also had some less-than-kind words for Rep. Peter Kings recently introduced bill to regulate online gambling, arguing that the approach of legalizing nearly all gambling online will only fortify opponents against any attempt to regulate online gambling, even in limited form.Reid, along with former Senator John Kyl, unsuccessfully attempted to secure passage for a poker-only bill in last years session.AGA / Reid in spatThe comments from Reid come on the heels of some unusually pointed statements from his office regarding that failed legislative attempt:More on the war of words between Reid and the AGA here.Reid: I Dont See Anything Happening With Online Poker
Cardroom Internationals (CI) legal attempts to grab a $30mm piece of the Black Friday settlement pie were rebuffed in Los Angeles Superior Court yesterday.The Hon. Elizabeth White issued a tentative ruling dismissing CIs California case (Cardroom International LLC v. Mark Scheinberg, et al).Read the ruling here.CI can appeal Whites ruling. If youre not familiar with CIs claim, Haley Hintze penned a good overview at PokerFuse.CIs federal case continuesCI continues to wage a parallel battle in federal court connected to United States v PokerStars, et al.The DoJ has been trying to secure a dismissal of CIs claims for over year and continues to hold some $30mm of Black Friday funds in the event that CI prevails.While the California ruling does not directly impact the federal case, DoJ attorneys have utilized past developments in the CA case as ammunition for their effort to dismiss CIs federal claims.Attorneys familiar with the case told me that they expect CIs federal claim to be significantly damaged by todays ruling.California Judge Dismisses Cardroom International Claim
Black Friday defendant Chad Elie announced his return to the ranks of the free via Twitter today:Elie began his five-month sentence in late January and served the full term.Thats in contrast to fellow Black Friday defendant Brent Beckley, who reportedly was released several months ahead of schedule.Elie stirred up quite a conversation prior to the start of his sentence when he appeared on Twitter and provided something of a window into his first-hand experience with Black Friday.That culminated in an extended interview over at DiamondFlushPoker.Elie remains involved in a lawsuit against his former legal representation.Chad Elie Released From Jail