U.S. Regulation

APCW Wall of Shame: FCC and Ajit Pai
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. People have long been living their lives by those wise words.

With the U.S. on the brink of a massive iGaming expansion, affiliates should be on the alert and fully prepared to cash in.

APCW Wall of Shame: Well, that didn't take long
The prospect of online poker legislation in California for 2017 is dead. Plus, some previous Wall of Shame Inductees.

APCW Hall of Fame: The State of New York
Despite all the commotion and controversy Attorney General Eric Schneiderman created after he announced that DraftKings and FanDuel were illegal, New York redeemed itself by passing a bill that regulated and legalized daily fantasy sports.

APCW Hall of Fame: Previous APCW Hall of Fame inductees
These past inductees have taken great pains to strengthen the gaming industry, earning them a spot in the coveted Hall of Fame.

After being inserted at the last minute into an unrelated port security bill, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) was signed into law on 13 October 2006. In addition to closing down U.S. online gaming sites upon its enactment, federal prosecutors used the UIGEA as a criminal prosecution strategy against operators who continued to offer online gaming in the U.S.

Webmaster News: DFS Status Update
A state-by-state look at daily fantasy sports regulation

Webmaster News: California online poker bill heads to Assembly
The regulation of online poker in California took a key step forward in late April when the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee unanimously passed AB 2863.

Online poker revenues in New Jersey have been declining since spring 2014. Will the world's most powerful online poker operator bring players back to the table?

APCW Hall of Fame: New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement
New Jersey gaming regulators approved PokerStars for operation in the Garden State and have seen their online poker revenues soar as players return to the tables.

Webmaster News: DFS industry under attack in many U.S. states
The daily fantasy sports industry was a roller-coaster ride in 2015, as a record ad spend brought in millions of new customers. But the increased scrutiny from lawmakers and state attorneys general produced a number of headaches for the rapidly growing industry.

Webmaster News: Affactive, Revenue Jet shuttered in wake of arrests of owners
Gery Shalon and Ziv Orenstein were arrested in July at their homes in Israel. They are accused of engaging in "pump and dump" stock manipulation schemes dating back to 2011.

As of Nov. 1, 2015, affiliates who choose to promote regulated New Jersey casinos must stop promoting sites not regulated by the state to New Jersey residents.

Webmaster News: Nevada issues warrant for arrest of former Seals With Clubs chairman
Bryan Micon, who ran the Bitcoin-fueled poker site before moving to Antigua after his home was raided by Nevada Gaming Control Agents, was charged with operating an unlicensed interactive gaming system.

Webmaster News: Santa Ysabel plan to offer Internet gambling in California hits roadblock
Both state and federal authorities filed lawsuits seeking to shut down the tribe's online gambling operations.

APCW Wall of Shame: California Assemblyman Mike Gatto
Mike Gatto introduced a bill that would regulate the state's online poker industry. But it was laden with terms that would effectively limit the market to a pittance of its potential.

The rise of daily fantasy sports is eerily similar to the online poker boom of the mid-2000s.

Affiliates eager to promote regulated sites in the U.S. have several options to get started now.

Gaming attorney Martin Owens explains why the Santa Ysabel is within its legal rights to operate an online gambling site in California.

APCW Wall of Shame: Newsweek
A biased Newsweek cover story blasting the online gambling industry is taken to task on the Wall of Shame.

Affiliates are not accustomed to the bureaucracies they are facing as New Jersey regulates online gaming.

The licensing process for companies working with gaming operators varies by U.S. state, so it's important for companies to do their research.

APCW Wall of Shame: American Gaming Association
AGA members can't agree on how they feel about online gambling, so the organization as a whole has decided to remove its stance on the matter. This is not a good thing for the industry.

When gray markets turn white: Payment processing in a regulated environment
Joel Leonoff, CEO of Optimal Payments, discusses the challenges of keeping up-to-date on regulatory changes and working with banks.

Webmaster News: Massachusetts Internet gambling hearing focuses on geolocation, payment processing issues
The Massachusetts Gambling Commission heard from a variety of expert witnesses and discussed the early results of the three states that have regulated online gaming thus far.

APCW Wall of Shame: U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham
Sen. Graham's proposed RAWA legislation doesn't jibe with his claims to support states' rights -- but it does make sense as part of a strategy to fend off Tea Party primary opponents and butter up Sheldon Adelson.

The Las Vegas Sands Corp. executive's arguments against online gambling are the same moral panic arguments frequently leveled against the land-based casinos Las Vegas Sands has made billions from operating.

APCW Wall of Shame: Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson
Sheldon Adelson's anti-online gambling stance seems a bit hypocritical from someone who's made billions from casino gaming.

State-by-state expansion of online gaming in the U.S. has shown some promising signs lately, but there are still several hurdles to overcome.

New Jersey's online casinos opened Thanksgiving weekend, but not without a few -- OK, more than a few -- technical difficulties.

In the wake of setbacks such as the UIGEA and Black Friday, several states have introduced or are moving to introduce legal, regulated online poker.

Introduction: Three states today... and a stampede tomorrow? Online gaming in the USA
Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey have all passed legislation in the past year or so allowing some form of intrastate gaming.

Webmaster News: Las Vegas Sands' stance called hypocritical in House hearing
Six witnesses testified in a House subcommittee hearing regarding whether the U.S. federal government should -- or could -- regulate online gambling, with Sheldon Adelson's brick-and-mortar casino corporation arguing on the anti side.

Webmaster News: Barton, PPA believe time is now for federal online poker legislation.
The Texas representative has introduced the Internet Poker Freedom Act to Congress.

Chances for passing sensible regulatory legislation on the federal level look dim, and only a little brighter at the state level.

APCW Hall of Fame: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
Gov. Christie signed an online gaming bill that allows any game offered in Atlantic City's casinos to be offered online to players in New Jersey.

APCW Wall of Shame: PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg
The PokerStars founder appears to have flouted DOJ restrictions on his managerial role when he got involved in PokerStars's attempt to buy the Atlantic Club Casino.

Technological developments in both geolocation and geolocation spoofing provide a challenge for state-level iGaming regulation in the U.S.

Webmaster News: Ultimate Poker launches first regulated real-money gaming site in Nevada
Despite some snags with the geolocation barriers, the online poker room reports a "great response."

Webmaster News: PokerStars beat in court, Atlantic Club can pursue other suitors
PokerStars has lost its exclusive negotiating rights after evidence showed that its founder may have been involved in the negotiations despite the terms of the company's settlement with the DOJ.

Webmaster News: Christie signs New Jersey online gambling bill
The governor signed the bill just 19 days after vetoing an earlier version. The signed bill incorporates several regulatory measures that Gov. Christie had insisted upon.

Webmaster News: DOJ appoints administrator to return Full Tilt funds to U.S. players
Garden City Group will serve as Claims Administrator to refund the players who held balances with Full Tilt Poker when the DOJ seized the company.

PokerStars' application to purchase the Atlantic Club Casino in New Jersey in the wake of its DOJ indictment on Black Friday has sparked some heated debate.

APCW Wall of Shame: Caesars Entertainment
Caesars has come out swinging against PokerStars's application to buy the Atlantic Club Casino -- but also tried to sell the online poker company the Rio.

APCW Wall of Shame: PokerStars
PokerStars may have bailed out Full Tilt's players and its own non-U.S. players, but it did so for its own reasons--and it's decided to leave Full Tilt's affiliates hanging in the process.

Webmaster News: Nevada could pool online poker players with other states
The Nevada Legislature is considering a bill that would allow the governor to create compacts with other states to combine their online poker player pools.

APCW Hall of Fame: Judge Jack Weinstein
The federal judge ruled poker to be a game of skill more than a game of chance, and reprimanded the DOJ for improperly vetting its expert witness.

In a unique memorandom, the U.S. Dept. of Justice declares poker a game of skill under the Illegal Gambling Business Act, and draws a distinction between "an illegal gambling business" and "illegal gambling itself."

Full Tilt and PokerStars have both settled to pay massive fines to the U.S. DOJ — and PokerStars has purchased Full Tilt.

Black Friday and the DOJ's reinterpretation of the Wire Act both shook up the legal landscape for online gaming.

While many European lotteries allow tickets to be purchased online, U.S. state lotteries are just starting to look at online options, following the reversal of the DOJ's interpretation of the Wire Act.

APCW Wall of Shame: Groupe Bernard Tapie
Groupe Bernard Tapie wasted a lot of people's time planning to buy Full Tilt Poker, only to back out when it realized it would, of course, have to pay Full Tilt's players the money owed them.

Webmaster News: Groupe Bernard Tapie acquisition of Full Tilt Poker falls through
The French investment group withdrew its plans to buy the legally troubled company when it determined it would not be able to refund all the money that Full Tilt owes its players.

The Full Tilt online fiasco impacted land-based gaming as well
The executive director of business development at Foxwoods Development Company discusses the effects of Black Friday on the brick-and-mortar casino industry.

States should tell the DOJ to mind its own business
Gaming attorney Martin Owens weighs in on Black Friday and the futility of prohibiting online gaming.

Be neutral, be agnostic and be ready to act quickly
Lou Castle of Shuffle Master thinks social gaming has a role to play in the real-money online gaming world.

What happens next? Keep your eye on the lotteries!
Kimberly Arnold of the Innovation Group discusses the relationship between lotteries and casino gaming.

A birthday to remember
John Pappas gives his predictions for the future of online gaming in the U.S.

Webmaster News: Calvin Ayre indicted, Bodog.com domain seized
Bodog execs were charged with running an illegal gambling business and money laundering.

APCW Wall of Shame: Howard Lederer, Chris Ferguson and Ray Bitar
The public faces of Full Tilt Poker give a masterclass in how not to handle a PR problem... or a business.

In the wake of the historic DOJ ruling on the Wire Act, 32 U.S. states have moved to regulate some form of online gambling.

Two different models have been suggested for taxing online gambling. Here's a rundown of how each one works.

The brick-and-mortar casino industry has put itself behind the push for online gaming, but the slow pace of legal change means it may be a while before it becomes widespread throughout the U.S.

The DOJ's recent reinterpretation of the Wire Act may lead the U.S. online gaming market to fracture into 51 markets, similar to the situation for land-based gaming.

The U.S. online gaming market faces regulatory and technological challenges, but change seems to be on its way.

The U.S. DOJ has announced that the Wire Act only applies to sports and race wagering, paving the way for regulation of other forms of online gambling.

APCW Wall of Shame: Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson
"Noted curmudgeon" Sheldon Adelson refuses to come around on online gaming -- nearly the only brick-and-mortar casino exec to oppose it.

Webmaster News: Absolute Poker founder pleads guilty to bank fraud and money laundering
Brent Beckley entered a guilty plea in the case the U.S. DOJ has brought against Absolute Poker, Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars.

Webmaster News: Bodog moves U.S. players to Bovada
Access to Bodog's main website is now blocked for American users.

APCW Wall of Shame: The Washington Post
The WaPo's outrage over the political nature of online gambling bills sounds more like false naivete than principle.

The story of Full Tilt Poker's seizure by the DOJ and subsequent financial issues, as told over (fake) Facebook.

Governments are beginning to develop different regulatory schemes for online gambling. Some may hit affiliates and operators harder than others.

Full Tilt Poker's and Absolute Poker/UB's inability to pay their players in the wake of DOJ indictments raises questions about what regulation is for and what constitutes a useful, effective regulatory scheme.

Two industry experts debate whether it makes the most sense to focus on state or federal efforts to develop sensible iGaming regulation.

The California Senate has decided not to vote on intrastate online gambling this year, but its reasons for the delay are not sound.

While some sites had to scramble to protect themselves after the Black Friday indictments, other sites were able to cash in on some of the traffic that had been going to the companies the DOJ shut down.

Full Tilt Poker's loss of its Alderney gambling license is just the latest in a series of bad news for the company, but the AGCC did grant a request to delay the regulatory hearing until September.

Webmaster News: More online gambling indictments issued in Maryland and New York
Two businesses and three people were charged with money laundering and operating an illegal business; 10 domains were seized; and 11 bank accounts were frozen.

Webmaster News: QuickTender's wallet slams shut
The electronic wallet says it is stopping services after several bank accounts were frozen by court order following another round of DOJ indictments.

Webmaster News: Governor's veto kills online gambling legislation in New Jersey
Gov. Chris Christie cited a number of issues he had with the bill, but insisted he was amenable to signing an online gambling bill if these issues were addressed.

Webmaster News: Washington, D.C. becomes first U.S. jurisdiction to regulate online gambling
A provision in the Washington budget bill allows the D.C. Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board to offer games on the Internet.

Introduction: The U.S. goes to war on online poker
PokerStars and Full Tilt's exit from the U.S. market after indictments for money laundering and other offenses have had substantial repercussions throughout the U.S. online gaming industry.

With PokerStars and Full Tilt out of the picture and Absolute Poker not accepting new U.S. deposits, other online poker rooms are moving to grab their traffic -- or to stay out of the path of the U.S. government.

The DOJ's actions impacted U.S. citizens who played online poker, which is not illegal, and froze the targeted companies' ability to do business in jurisdictions where their operations are entirely legal.

APCW Wall of Shame: Daniel Tzvetkoff
The former payment processing entrepreneur was the key informant in the DOJ's case to take down Full Tilt and PokerStars -- two companies he was in legal hot water for stealing from.

Vin reconstructs the events of Black Friday as seen from the Internet, including witness commentary and a timeline of press releases.

APCW Wall of Shame: Washington State Senator Margarita Prentice
Margarita Prentice isn't morally opposed to online gambling, but she introduced a law to make it a felony anyway. And she was snotty about it.

Webmaster News: Full Tilt, PokerStars leave Washington
The two companies pulled out of the Washington market following a state Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of a law making Internet gambling a felony.

Webmaster News: Efforts for federal regulation fall short in lame duck session
With the Republican takeover of the House of Representatives, conditions for federal online gaming regulation do not look favorable.

Webmaster News: Betcha.com "creamed" in Washington
The Washington Supreme Court ended Nick Jenkins' long court battle with a unanimous ruling that Betcha.com operated as an illegal bookmaker.

Webmaster News: Legalized online gambling moves one step closer to reality in U.S.
The House Financial Services Committee, headed by Barney Frank, approved a bill to license and regulate online gambling.

APCW Hall of Fame: U.S. Representative John Campbell
The California Republican has bucked the party line and changed his mind on the UIGEA, supporting Rep. Barney Frank's bill to legalize and regulate online gaming.

With "copyright troll" firm Righthaven starting lawsuits against webmasters who repost content, affiliates need to make sure their use of other people's articles follows copyright laws and industry best practices.

The Kahnawake Gaming Commission's Murray Marshall says mobile gaming will soon become a huge driver of the online gambling industry, and that the ever-changing regulatory landscape will be something everyone in the industry will have to consider.

APCW Wall of Shame: The National Football League
The NFL has led the professional sports leagues' crusade against online sportsbooks, and now, it's succeeded in blocking Delaware from allowing single-game wagering on sports.

APCW Wall of Shame: U.S. Senator Jon Kyl
When the Obama administration delayed the implementation of the UIGEA, the Arizona Republican decided to voice his displeasure with a political version of holding his breath and stamping his feet like a five-year-old.

Online poker might be coming to California, but it's not going to get there without a fight.

In the online gambling industry, a decade is practically a lifetime. As the calendar turns from the aughts to the teens, we look back at the previous decade and see an era marked by rapid growth, market- and industry-altering earthquakes, arrests, trials, recession, and new and emerging growth areas.

Webmaster News: Kaplan sentenced to 51 months in prison
BetOnSports founder Gary Kaplan was sentenced to 51 months in prison after pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy to violate the RICO statute, conspiring to violate the Wire Wager Act and violating the Wire Wager Act.

Webmaster News: Full Tilt circumvents Kentucky case
The online poker company took pre-emptive action against the commonwealth to ensure that its domain could not be seized.

Webmaster News: BetOnSports founder reaches plea deal
Gary Kaplan agreed to a plea deal and will be sentenced to between 41 and 51 months in prison and forfeit $43.65 million.

Despite the UIGEA, cheating scandals, recession and the indictment of payment processors, the U.S. dominates the international market for online poker.

Calvin Ayre, who famously "retired" from ruling an online gaming empire, is back ... and this time it's all about branding. Ayre shares his vision and plans for the future with Rebecca Liggero.

APCW Wall of Shame: Southern District of New York
One of the biggest thorns in the side of the online gambling industry finds its proper place on the APCW's Wall of Shame.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Alocohol and Gaming Division says the Wire Act of 1961 gives the state the authority to make this request.

Webmaster News: U.S. Representatives introduce online gambling legislation
The legislation would create a regulatory framework for legal online gambling in the U.S.

Webmaster News: Kentucky appeals court blocks seizure of online gambling domains
Kentucky courts have been split on whether the domains can be considered machines created for the purpose of gambling.

Webmaster News: Court says Betcha.com is not gambling
The legal decision rested on the principle that since the bets were "honor-based" and not binding, they did not constitute real gambling.

The UIGEA curiously exempted fantasy sports, which strangely did not attract much industry from the gambling community.

President Barack Obama can halt pending anti-online gambling regulations from being implemented, but there's not much he can do about the UIGEA.

APCW Wall of Shame: Grand Prive Casino Group, Russ Hamilton, Steve Beshear and Spencer Bachus
These four parties have recently attacked the online gambling industry from within and without.

Webmaster News: Banks given until Dec. 2009 to comply with UIGEA
Financial service providers that do business in the U.S. are required to do due diligence on corporate customers to ensure they are not processing gambling transactions.

Webmaster News: Microgaming withdraws from U.S.
The software provider's decision comes after a Kentucky ruling that would seize the domains of any gambling site that accepted Kentucky customers.

Webmaster News: California online poker closer to reality
A bill legalizing and regulating online poker has been sent to the California State Senate Appropriations Committee.

Webmaster News: The GPWA sits down with Congressman Wexler and PPA chairman D'Amato
Rep. Wexler and D'Amato are working together to get the UIGEA overturned.

The U.S. Department of Justice has been waging a "Cold War" -- long on intimidation but short on prosecutions -- against soft targets within the United States or federal jurisdiction.

The regulations proposed by the U.S. Treasury Department and Federal Reserve have generated so much public comment that no regulations have been implemented yet.

Webmaster News: News analysis: Judge's ruling stacks odds against iMEGA
U.S District Court Judge Mary Cooper dismissed iMEGA's First Amendment claims on the merits, rejecting the argument that gambling is a form a free speech.

While there were plenty of setbacks and some significant triumphs in 2007, there were five people who stood out from the crowd, led by European Commissioner Charlie McCreevy, the GPWA's Newsmaker of the Year.

In the end, Antigua's WTO case against the U.S. over online gambling had nothing to do with gambling on the Internet. Instead, it became a proxy war pitting the policies of trade against fair trade.

There is nothing run-of-the-mill about the case that attorney Mark Mendel has been waging against the U.S. government before the World Trade Organization.

The World Series of Poker will not accept third-party registrations from Internet poker rooms that accept U.S. players in real-money games, and is prohibiting operators and affiliates from utilizing WSOP logos and the terms "World Series of Poker" and "WSOP" in official promotions.

Affiliates and online gamblers who saw up to $55 million frozen by the U.S. Department of Justice are waiting to see if and when they will receive their funds.

In the post-NETELLER era, U.S. players have been forced to get creative to fund online gambling accounts.