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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.

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.

Enough Already: It’s Time for PokerStars to Halt Rake Increases

PokerStars made a big splash with a much-talked-about launch in New Jersey yesterday, marking the online poker giant’s return to operating within the U.S. after a nearly five-year-long absence. It also made waves with a more low-key announcement, namely that it would be increasing rake in its shared liquidity market. I found the coincidence unsettling, and the latter announcement quite disturbing. Thus, I felt the need to pen an op-ed calling for action. As I’m a big PokerStars fan and supporter, it’s with much hope for this message to be heard and taken to heart that I click Publish.

The PokerStars Machine is Coming. Can They Succeed in NJ?

The titanic vessel that is PokerStars will finally make landfall at at the United States after five long years. The destination? New Jersey. Licensed and regulated, PokerStars NJ is ready to roll. The question is: will they succeed? The marketing experts with boatloads of cash to spend will have their best promotions in place. Americans can rejoice, as they don’t even need to live in New Jersey to play. They just have to be located there. This op-ed examines the potential extent of PokerStars in the Garden State.