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Uncertainty starts to absorb the gambling industry since the moment when Adam Laxalt announced that had filed paperwork seeking to become the Nevada’s 30th governor this fall.
Laxalt trough his time in the political background has signaled his opposition to Las Vegas casinos, including the offering poker over the internet to people within the state’s borders.
The controversial anti-regulated online gaming Nevada attorney general has officially thrown his hat into the ring for governor. He would replace Gov. Brian Sandoval, who has been at the helm since 2011.
Sandoval, a former state gaming regulator, was the man to sign the online poker legislation in Nevada, and he also brokered online poker liquidity sharing deals with Delaware and New Jersey, all in an effort to grow the regulated online poker market. READ HERE: NEVADA UNCLAIMED WINS COULD EVEN CASINOS PRODUCTION IN ONE QT
MGM Resorts strongly opposed Laxalt’s position as well. The casino operator said that Laxalt’s views placed him “against the gaming industry in Nevada.”
In 2015, Laxalt said he would support plans at the federal level to “restore” a decades-old law in order to effectively ban online casino gaming nationwide.
The Texas poker rooms Prime Social Club and Post Oak Poker Club were raided by officers from the Vice Division of the Houston Police Department. In total, nine owners and managers were arrested on charges of money laundering and engaging in organized criminal activity.
“Poker rooms are illegal in Texas. We are changing the paradigm regarding illegal gambling by moving up the criminal chain and pursuing felony money laundering and engaging in organized crime charges against owners and operators.” District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a statement
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo told local media that this is just the start of a larger crackdown on poker rooms in Houston.
Law enforcement clearly believes these clubs are breaking the state’s gambling laws. The operators, on the other hand, believe that they are in full compliance with state law since they don’t collect a rake. The card rooms only charge membership fees and consider themselves a private club.
While no players were arrested, both clubs had their bank accounts and assets frozen.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board counted 57 poker rooms and 556 poker tables in its latest monthly report. That’s an increase of two rooms and 10 tables compared to February. That said, the state counted 62 poker rooms and 567 poker tables in March 2018.
On a per table basis, March 2019 outperformed March 2018:
March 2018 table average: $17,908
March 2019 table average: $19,385
Over the last three months, Nevada has averaged 550 poker tables at 57 separate locations. Those rooms generated $29,669,000 over that period, a 5.68% increase compared to the same period last year. Over the last 12 months Nevada has averaged 594 poker tables at 63 locations. During that time the state’s poker operators have generated $121,607,000, a 2.12 percent increase compared to the previous 12-month period.
- April 2018: 64 poker rooms and 595 poker tables
- May 2018: 62 poker rooms and 688 poker tables
- June 2018: 62 poker rooms and 683 poker tables
- July 2018: 60 poker rooms and 694 poker tables
- August 2018: 61 poker rooms and 585 poker tables
- September 2018: 58 poker rooms and 561 poker tables
- October 2018: 56 poker rooms and 558 poker tables
- November 2018: 58 poker rooms and 561 poker tables
- December 2018: 56 poker rooms and 553 poker tables
- January 2019: 57 poker rooms and 548 poker tables
- February 2019: 55 poker rooms and 546 poker tables
- March 2019: 57 poker rooms and 556 poker tables
In its latest attempt to stop online gambling on its mainland, China will no longer allow poker and mahjong video games to be sold in its country. with a huge backlog caused the government to stop accepting new submissions.
As the government approval process resumed, they announced that those video games that were centered around gambling activities would no longer be granted licenses. The agency cited concerns that these video games could help facilitate illegal gambling rings.
The new law will “wipe out hundreds of small developers focused on this genre,”. The larger developers, who already have developed and been approved for this type of game in the past will still be able to sell their games, however.
“It won’t affect us much because we are early to the market and have accumulated a big collection of licenses,” a marketing manager at one of China’s biggest poker and mahjong games publishers.
This development will eliminate a huge chunk of China’s video game market.
Argentina’s biggest province of Buenos Aires has signed a regulatory decree that paves the way for legalized online gambling services including online poker.
On April 1, María Eugenia Vidal (pictured), the Governor of the province of Buenos Aires, signed Decree 181/19 into law which authorizes the provision of online slots, casino games, lotteries and horse racing betting.
However, poker wasn’t very specifically discussed but presumably be covered by online casino games. It also allows for betting on non-sports events, if they are not of political nature.
In December 2018, following years of discussion, both the Argentinian city and province of Buenos Aires approved Decree 181 in the 2019 Budget. The decree was formally passed into provincial law last week, following its publication in the state gazette.
West Virginia became the latest state to legalize online poker and casino games late last week. Following passage by the state House and Senate, HB2934 could become law on March 29 after Governor Jim Justice elected not to sign or veto the bill.
Online gaming in West Virginia will fall under the authority of the West Virginia Lottery Commission who will be responsible for administering regulations, licensing and the collection of taxes and fees.
Officially the law will take effect on June 7, 2019, 90 days after it completed passage through the legislature. And while it is possible that online gambling will be up and running in West Virginia before the end of the year, the time required to approve regulations, issue licenses and perform testing will likely mean that the market launch will be pushed into 2020.
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