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Jason Somerville

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?

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?

WSOP Dealers

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.

U.S. Online Poker

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.