Did Jason Somerville’s CNBC Appearance Help or Hurt Online Poker’s Image?

There’s much to be lauded about Jason Somerville’s efforts to get online poker regulated in the U.S. Recently, however, he made a CNBC appearance that had even some of his biggest fans wondering if he made the best possible impression – visually speaking.

This op-ed asks if the image we had of Jason Somerville on CNBC helps or hurts online poker’s chances of getting regulated. What do you think?

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Can Online Poker Pros Still Make Money on PokerStars After VIP Program Changes?

Late in 2015 PokerStars rolled out a slew of changes to their VIP program. These changes radically altered the “rakeback” that online poker pros would get for their play. With many high-stakes and high-volume professional online poker players dependent on the income they get from promotions such as these, it begs the question as to whether money could still be made once the high rakeback disappeared.

Dan Smith Tweeted out a question that sparked a heated debate over the last few days within the pro community. Read all about it, plus our analysis of the situation. Perhaps it’s no longer possible to make money as an online poker pro on PokerStars?

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Calling for Merit-Based WSOP Dealer Compensation

Typically, experience and expertise are things worth paying a premium for. It’s time for the WSOP to change the status quo and do the same, as far as dealer compensation is concerned.

This blog post calls for poker players to sign a petition, asking that the WSOP begin rewarding their dealers based on experience and excellence. It is my sincere hope that you support the initiative.

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Dear PokerStars Game Integrity Team: Please Explain Yourselves

Thousands of PokerStars Spin & Go players recently received an email that they’d be getting refunds for having participated in games where the company’s Terms of Service were being violated and online poker play was thusly compromised. While the refunds were issued, which is wonderful, no true explanation was given – and that’s a problem.

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A Reasonable Best-Case Scenario for U.S. Online Poker

Way too much ink has been spilled on the status of U.S. online poker regulation. At the end of the day, advocates, naysayers, and passions notwithstanding, it’s lawmakers who will decide on the fate of online poker in the United States. Since Federal regulation isn’t being passed anytime soon, it’s time to take an honest look at a realistic best-case scenario for legalized U.S. online poker. Read on for my assessment.

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Will the GPL Cause Webcam Online Poker Play to Take Off?

Webcam poker debuted on the online poker scene years ago, but it hasn’t really caught on. The Global Poker League (GPL) utilizes webcams rather effectively in broadcasting heads-up matched via Twitch live streaming. Will this boost webcam poker play among recreational online poker players? I think there’s only one realistic way this would happen. Read on to find out what that is.

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