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PokerStars Announces Increased Support to Right to Play Charity

 PokerStars Announces Increased Support to Right to Play Charity

The connotation of gambling is not typically a positive one; gamblers are not typically thought by “outsiders” to be generous or philanthropic. We in the poker industry know better, though, as every year, there are loads of live and online charity tournaments and funding drives, highlighted by the One Drop tournaments at the World Series of Poker. The latest charitable news comes from PokerStars, which just announced that it will be continuing its relationship with the Right to Play charity for another two years. The world’s largest poker room plans to contribute another £600,000 to the organization, bringing its total support to more than £1.5 million.

Whereas an organization like One Drop aims to bring life-sustaining clean water to impoverished areas around the world, Right to Play provides less tangible assistance. According to the group’s site, it uses “the power of play to educate and empower children to overcome the effects of poverty, conflict and disease in disadvantaged communities.”

Explained further:

Central to our approach is the theory: children learn best when they are experiencing lessons through play. It’s why each of our games is specifically designed to provide kids with the knowledge and skills they need to overcome adversity and to tackle the challenges affecting their communities. We tailor our programs to each locale’s context and need, whether it’s health concerns, lack of education, a need for peace or all three.

Once established, our regularly-scheduled programs and repetitive activities provide the children with a proactive routine. This helps them build on newly learned skills and attitudes to positively influence lasting change. As their learning evolves, these children grow from being unaware of their role in society to becoming advocates of positive behaviour within their communities.

Most of the communities in which Right to Play works are located in Africa. Other locations include the Middle East, China, Pakistan, Thailand, Canada, and even New York City.

In a press release, Sue Hammett, Head of Corporate Giving for PokerStars, said, “Right To Play makes such a positive impact to so many children around the world and PokerStars is incredibly proud to be able to support their valuable work. Using play to educate and empower is a philosophy that our players and staff really believe in. We’re delighted to be extending our partnership for two more years.”

Neil Child-Dyer, Partnerships Manager at Right To Play, added, “We are immensely proud of our partnership with PokerStars and extremely grateful for their continued support, not just in terms of funding but also for the exposure to their 108 million customers and the fabulous charity tournaments that they hold for Right To Play. Without the backing of our corporate partners like PokerStars, Right To Play would not be able to help as many children around the world.”

Naturally, an organization like Right to Play has partnered with a number of Athlete Ambassadors from around the world. More than 300 professional and Olympic athletes have worked with Right to Play, including such names Martina Hingis, Joey Cheek, Allyson Fenix, Summer Sanders, and Haile Gebrselassie.

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PokerStars Announces Increased Support to Right to Play Charity

 PokerStars Announces Increased Support to Right to Play Charity

The connotation of gambling is not typically a positive one; gamblers are not typically thought by “outsiders” to be generous or philanthropic. We in the poker industry know better, though, as every year, there are loads of live and online charity tournaments and funding drives, highlighted by the One Drop tournaments at the World Series of Poker. The latest charitable news comes from PokerStars, which just announced that it will be continuing its relationship with the Right to Play charity for another two years. The world’s largest poker room plans to contribute another £600,000 to the organization, bringing its total support to more than £1.5 million.

Whereas an organization like One Drop aims to bring life-sustaining clean water to impoverished areas around the world, Right to Play provides less tangible assistance. According to the group’s site, it uses “the power of play to educate and empower children to overcome the effects of poverty, conflict and disease in disadvantaged communities.”

Explained further:

Central to our approach is the theory: children learn best when they are experiencing lessons through play. It’s why each of our games is specifically designed to provide kids with the knowledge and skills they need to overcome adversity and to tackle the challenges affecting their communities. We tailor our programs to each locale’s context and need, whether it’s health concerns, lack of education, a need for peace or all three.

Once established, our regularly-scheduled programs and repetitive activities provide the children with a proactive routine. This helps them build on newly learned skills and attitudes to positively influence lasting change. As their learning evolves, these children grow from being unaware of their role in society to becoming advocates of positive behaviour within their communities.

Most of the communities in which Right to Play works are located in Africa. Other locations include the Middle East, China, Pakistan, Thailand, Canada, and even New York City.

In a press release, Sue Hammett, Head of Corporate Giving for PokerStars, said, “Right To Play makes such a positive impact to so many children around the world and PokerStars is incredibly proud to be able to support their valuable work. Using play to educate and empower is a philosophy that our players and staff really believe in. We’re delighted to be extending our partnership for two more years.”

Neil Child-Dyer, Partnerships Manager at Right To Play, added, “We are immensely proud of our partnership with PokerStars and extremely grateful for their continued support, not just in terms of funding but also for the exposure to their 108 million customers and the fabulous charity tournaments that they hold for Right To Play. Without the backing of our corporate partners like PokerStars, Right To Play would not be able to help as many children around the world.”

Naturally, an organization like Right to Play has partnered with a number of Athlete Ambassadors from around the world. More than 300 professional and Olympic athletes have worked with Right to Play, including such names Martina Hingis, Joey Cheek, Allyson Fenix, Summer Sanders, and Haile Gebrselassie.

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Cali PokerStars Coalition Pens Letter in Support of Online Poker bill

 Cali PokerStars Coalition Pens Letter in Support of Online Poker bill

According to OnlinePokerReport.com, the California Assembly Governmental Organization (GO) Committee will be holding a hearing on online poker bill AB 2863 next Wednesday, April 20th. The bill, championed by California Assemblyman Adam Gray, aims to legalize and regulate internet poker California, the biggest prize for the online poker in the United States.

Today, the PokerStars Coalition, a group that includes Native American tribes, card rooms, and, of course, PokerStars, sent a letter to Assemblyman Gray, thanking him for his support in trying to get online poker regulation done in the Golden State. The Coalition consists of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, the United Auburn Indian Community (UIAC), the Commerce Casino, the Hawaiian Gardens Casino, and the Bicycle Casino (the “Bike”), in addition to PokerStars. The United Auburn Indian Community did not sign the letter for reasons that are currently unknown. It may be a big deal, it may not, bit it may at least be “something.” The UIAC has also been a part of another tribal group that is generally in agreement with the PokerStars Coalition.

In the letter, the Coalition said:

On behalf of a broad coalition of tribal governments, card clubs and online operators, we write in support of your AB 2863, your bill to protect consumers, create jobs, and strengthen our state’s economy by authorizing and regulating intrastate, Internet Poker in California. Authorizing online poker will be good for millions of consumers and poker players who will benefit from a safe, regulated, commercial gaming environment where they are protected and assured that the games are fair and honest.

We are proud to support this bill which would establish a vibrant, competitive marketplace, provide superior consumer protections, require strict oversight and regulation of licensees and service providers, and ensure that the state receives a reasonable return.

Our coalition has worked closely with legislators and other interested parties to thoroughly vet this policy issue since 2008. After years of research and deliberation, your leadership has produced a bill with broad support from California’s Indian tribes, the larger gaming community, and internet poker players. We are optimistic that with your continued leadership and direct consultations with interested parties, this comprehensive piece of legislation can reach Governor Brown’s desk and earn his signature.

The Coalition did mention one concern it had with the bill, namely, “provisions that would restrict the ability to use customer databases, as that will only serve to stunt the growth of the iPoker market and the revenues available to the state.”

Considering the rest of the letter was full of praise for Assemblyman Gray and his efforts, though, it does not appear that the issue of customer databases is a deal breaker. The Coalition would clearly like the bill to move forward; changes can still be discussed at a later date and issues that have been significant for the Coalition have already been settled.

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Evidence Supports Push from Sheldon Adelson in Nevada AG’s Decision to Support RAWA

 Evidence Supports Push from Sheldon Adelson in Nevada AG’s Decision to Support RAWA

The news two days ago that Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt would be signing a letter from other AG’s in support of the federal ban regarding online gaming and poker came as a stunner. Not only did it surprise the online gaming and poker communities – and the casinos that support online gaming – but it particularly surprised Laxalt’s bosses in the state house and Governor’s quarters in Carson City. Evidence has now come to light that demonstrates that Laxalt may be directly influenced by billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson and his continued drive to ban online gaming and poker.

Laxalt came out on Tuesday supporting the federal bill regarding the banishment of online gaming and poker, the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA) of 2016, putting out some flimsy arguments as to why he was taking the action. “Congress spoke on this issue (online gaming) and has an existing Wire Act,” Laxalt stated toJon Ralston on his show Ralston Live. Laxalt would then go on to state that further reasoning for his support was the factor that “it was an overreach by the executive branch” into the issue.

All of this is despite the current stance of the state of Nevada regarding the subject. One of three states to have passed online gaming regulations (albeit only for online poker), Nevada’s governor Brian Sandoval wasn’t pleased with his AG stepping outside the lines as he did. As reported earlier this week here at Poker News Daily, Sandoval stated that he was “very concerned that anyone representing the state’s legal interests would speak out against current state law in our leading industry.” Sandoval also stated he disagreed with Laxalt’s vision of state’s rights versus federal legislation.

Looking a bit further into the issue, however, there is evidence to state where Laxalt’s decision came from. According to campaign contributions for Laxalt’s 2014 run for Attorney General, Adelson and his wife each are listed as donating the most possible for an individual donation ($ 10,000) and the Venetian Casino Resort and the Las Vegas Sands Corporation – properties owned by Adelson – also donated $ 10,000 each (in fair disclosure, Boyd Gaming, the Bellagio, MGM Resorts International and poker professional Cary Katz also donated the maximum to his campaign). This doesn’t include any contributions from political action committees (PACs) such as NV Jobs PAC and the New Nevada PAC, which received almost $ 500,000 from Adelson.

Laxalt also has a personal connection to Adelson’s operations. According to reports from FlushDraw.net’s Haley Hintze, one of the major lobbying firms behind Adelson’s Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling (CSIG) is j3 Strategies. Millions of dollars have been pushed through this organization to lobby against potential laws in California and Pennsylvania (j3 Strategies lists the Las Vegas Sands Corporation and the CSIG as their first two clients). The lobbying group was behind mailings to Pennsylvania residents against current plans in the state to regulate online gaming and poker and a jerry-rigged opinion poll against online poker. They were also critical in getting Laxalt elected to the Attorney General’s office in 2014.

The founder and president of j3 Strategies is Robert Uithoven, who just happens to be a sitting board member on the CSIG. Uithoven, according to Hintze, actually testified on behalf of the CSIG during hearings in California earlier this year regarding online poker regulation. But what is astounding – and makes Laxalt’s denials of ties to Adelson hard to believe – is a statement from Laxalt himself and the identity of one of the members of j3 Strategies.

According to the j3 Strategies website (in blue at the bottom of the page), there are two “testimonials” as to the work of j3 Strategies. One is from Andy Abboud, who says the Las Vegas Sands Corporation has “relied on the counsel” of Uithoven in their “political and public policy initiatives.” The second is from Laxalt himself, which states, “We pulled off one of the most monumental victories in Nevada’s political history and it was done through the development of a thoughtful political plan, focused determination, and steady guidance every step along the way. I was proud to have Robert Uithoven by side through it all, helping build and lead my campaign team and oversee the execution of our campaign. He was always accessible and his daily counsel helped us secure a campaign victory that no political pundit in Nevada dared predict.”

Then there is one person that is employed by j3 Strategies. Listed as one of the members of the organization (of four, with the other three serving legal or promotional purposes) is Tessa Laxalt, who is by definition the only person listed as a registered “lobbyist” for j3 Strategies and who is the sister of Adam Laxalt (technically half-sister, but that’s not important here; let’s just say the family history is convoluted). j3 Strategies state that the female Laxalt has worked with the Las Vegas Sands Corporation as a lobbyist, but only after completing her internship with the Nevada Legislative Session earlier this year.

Laxalt denies any ties to Adelson or his CSIG, but it is difficult to believe him after the evidence is presented. It becomes even more difficult when he seems to be following a key piece of Adelson’s federal legislative efforts despite what his own state – and his fellow Republican governor – has decided as a course of action. These instances show that the effects of “crony capitalism” stretch down to the actions in the state legislatures, not just the halls of federal government.

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Florida Senator Marco Rubio Might Support RAWA Poker Carve-Out

 Florida Senator Marco Rubio Might Support RAWA Poker Carve Out

As a gaggle of Republican presidential hopefuls prepare to likely embarrass themselves in tonight’s debate, one actually displayed a smidgeon of reason recently, commenting on a topic that is never brought up in any of these campaigns: online poker.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Florida Senator Marco Rubio gave some consideration to online poker this month when speaking with the LVRJ editorial board. His opinion on the matter was nowhere close to endorsing online poker, but compared to most of what extreme conservative rhetoric we hear from the Republican candidates, his words sound downright liberal. In commenting on what differentiates online poker from other forms of online gambling, Rubio said, “On the issue of Internet poker, the only difference between the poker games and the others is that it involves an element of skill associated with and compared with just a slot machine online. So that’s the one area that distinguishes it a little bit.”

Of course, that’s not the ONLY difference (poker players compete against each other, not the house, for example), but even if he didn’t hit a bullseye, at least his arrow managed to impact the target.

What makes this interesting is that he is a co-sponsor of the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA), the pet project of Las Vegas Sands CEO and Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson. RAWA aims to ban all online gambling, including poker. At 44, Rubio is one of the younger presidential candidates and as such, one would think he would have a more contemporary outlook on technology and social issues, but in co-sponsoring RAWA, he comes off as largely out of touch with the sensibilities of his generation.

But by implying that he may be amenable to a carve-out for online poker in the bill (not that we want RAWA to pass in any form), he is risking running afoul of Adelson, whose billfold Republican candidates (except for maybe Donald Trump) desperately want to access. He has given millions upon millions to candidates over the last couple elections and Rubio’s co-sponsorship of RAWA after never really having taken a strong stance against online gambling looked like an obvious way to get in Adelson’s good graces.

Las Vegas Sands Senior Vice President of Government Relations Andy Abboud, who doubles as Adelson’s personal jock holder, told the LVRJ, “There is no carve-out from the bill’s sponsors. There may be some varying opinions from the co-sponsors, but there really isn’t any push for it.”

Rubio told the LVRJ that he is “concerned about particularly (Internet gaming’s) rapid expansion in an unregulated way,” which is the nonsensical stance many opponents of online poker take, not understanding that by banning the pastime, they are encouraging that exact unregulated expansion. Maybe not a “rapid” expansion, but a much more dangerous expansion than one that is governed by specific rules and regulations.

Rubio also had a generic comment about daily fantasy sports, calling it “a new issue that we will have to grapple with and learn more about.”

He does understand that there is skill involved in DFS contests, but luck also plays a role, just like in poker.

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