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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Still Wants Sports Betting Legalized in U.S.

 NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Still Wants Sports Betting Legalized in U.S.

As two Senators renew a quest to ban online gambling in the United States, another prominent figure is supporting the all-out national legalization of sports betting. On Monday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver spoke with ESPN Radio’s Mike Golic and Trey Wingo on the aptly named “Golic and Wingo” show and addressed, in part, his desire to see sports betting finally legalized and regulated on the federal level.

Silver has been a proponent of legalized sports betting for a while now, first making his feelings known publicly in a November op-ed in The New York Times, just a few months after he took the helm of the NBA. His attitude is essentially that people like to bet on sports, so might as well let them do it in a relatively safe, regulated environment.

In the piece, he talked about how there was “an obvious appetite among sports fans for a safe and legal way to wager on professional sporting events” and how the publication of betting lines is commonplace.

“Outside of the United States,” he added, “sports betting and other forms of gambling are popular, widely legal and subject to regulation. In England, for example, a sports bet can be placed on a smartphone, at a stadium kiosk or even using a television remote control.”

He said he wanted the federal government to legalize and regulate sports betting, with operators required to have safeguards and technology in place to prevent abuse and monitor betting activity.

On Monday, he reiterated these same points with Mike Golic and Trey Wingo. He said he is not “pro” or “con” sports betting, but rather that he’s a pragmatist and that regulation just makes sense.

“It’s legal in most other jurisdictions in the world, particularly in Europe, where people bet on their smart phones throughout soccer games, it’s closely regulated, they can monitor if there’s an irregularity activity, something we cannot do right now because it’s largely all illegal,” he said.

Silver does not believe, though, that states should come up with their own regulations, like they currently do for gambling. Instead, Silver told Golic and Wingo, “….I think there should be federal policy, it should be consistent from state to state, I think states should be able to elect whether they want to be in or out, if a state doesn’t want to have legalized sports betting they shouldn’t be forced to do it, so I agree it should be a state decision.”

He added that he is surprised that things have advanced so quickly in the three years since his op-ed, as the New Jersey sports betting case is expected to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court next week.

“And I think even if the Supreme Court leaves in place the existing federal law, there seems to be a lot of interest in Congress in favor of addressing the issue. And I think in part because states see that this exists, and they figure they might as well regulate it and collect tax money on it, frankly.”

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NJ State Senator Lesniak Wants to Open State’s Gambling Borders

 NJ State Senator Lesniak Wants to Open State’s Gambling Borders

When Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware launched their online gambling industries (just poker for the former, poker and casino games for the latter two), the gaming sites were restricted to accepting players only from within their respective states’ borders. It was kind of bullshit, but it was the way they could be compliant with federal law, so that’s what had to be done. Now New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak, arguably online poker’s biggest supporter in the New Jersey legislature, wants to change that and permit people from outside of the state to play on his state’s gaming sites.

“I’ve changed my mission from making New Jersey the Silicon Valley of Internet gaming to the Mecca of Internet gaming,” Lesniak told the Associated Press. “Online gaming has helped Atlantic City to revive its casino sector with a success that we can expand in ways that will generate more revenue, create jobs and fuel technological innovation in gaming.”

Lesniak plans on introducing a bill to allow for the expansion of online gambling player bases beyond New Jersey’s borders. The Courier-Post says that the director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, David Rebuck, has not seen a proposal yet.

As it stands now, New Jersey gaming law states that any operator wishing to do business there must house their game servers in the state. Not only that, but they must be on the premises of an Atlantic City casino; Atlantic City is the only place in the state that casinos are permitted. Additionally, as was mentioned earlier, all players must be located within New Jersey’s borders. They do not need to live there, just be located within state borders while playing online.

According to reports, Lesniak’s future bill would do a number of things to change the state gaming laws: it would remove the location restriction on players, allowing people from other states to play on New Jersey sites, it will allow international gaming companies to establish New Jersey bases, and it would lift the requirement for servers to be situated in Atlantic City.

Unfortunately, people like me, who live in the state of Georgia or the multitude of other states that do not currently have legalized, regulated gambling, would not suddenly be able to hop on PokerStars NJ or the Party Borgata network. Only people in states where online gambling is permitted would be able to play on New Jersey sites. The good thing, though, is that it would remove the need to enter into interstate gambling compacts.

Players in other countries where online gambling is regulated would also be able to get in on the fun.

One of the tricky things about expanding the geographic scope of the player base is that it would complicate geolocation, meaning the ability for the gaming sites to pinpoint where someone trying to login is sitting at the moment. New Jersey got off to a rocky site with geolocation (mainly erring on the side of being too strict and sometimes thinking a player was outside of the state when he was not), but is now an example of geolocation excellence.

Lead photo credit: @senatorlesniak Twitter

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Patrik Antonius Wants to Open Poker Room in Monaco

 Patrik Antonius Wants to Open Poker Room in Monaco

Patrik Antonius was one of the kings of poker before Black Friday. He was a successful player before poker exploded, but it was the poker boom that really helped him rise to fame, as it did with many poker players. One of the most prolific online players of all time, his success at nose bleed stakes plus stunning good looks (and I mean that when judging on a regular attractiveness scale, not just a poker player attractiveness scale) propelled him to superstar status.

His former online poker home, Full Tilt, gone and online games tougher than ever, Patrik Antonius isn’t as active in poker as he used to be, but he is still playing and having a good time. Now living in Monaco, he is currently competing in the PokerStars Championship sponsored by Monte-Carlo Casino. It is there that PokerNews found him and asked him how things were going.

“I’ve been very good,” Antonius told PokerNews. “I’m very happy with my life situation, I can’t complain. You know, I haven’t been traveling for the events. Life changes a little bit and my lifestyle has changed as well.”

“I’ve been here in Monaco with my family, my kids are growing and I don’t really want to be months and months away from home anymore,” he added. “I wished we would have more, bigger and regular games in Europe.”

Hey, makes sense. While there are certainly places to play poker in Europe, Antonius prefers cash games and the best ones are in Las Vegas and Macau, neither of which is ever arguably convenient to Monaco. And while there are a bunch of major tourneys every year in Europe, the United States is still where it’s at.

“I can’t say that I’m a very experienced tournament player anymore,” Antonius told PokerNews. “I was playing a lot of tournaments in 2005 and 2006, but for the last eight years or so, I’ve played fewer than 10 tournaments a year.”

So, since finding a good game locally is a problem and Antonius isn’t very keen on traveling to hell and gone for one, he is doing something about it. Antonius is working on creating his own land-based poker room right there in Monaco.

“I can’t share any details yet but if we could get a nice poker room in Europe, that would be good for a lot of people,” he said.

Oh, but he did share some details. Antonius believes that Monaco could support a poker room because he knows of enough poker players who are interested in playing “decently high stakes” cash games and who would also be happy to make a short trip to Monaco, rather than, say, Las Vegas or Macau.

“People would fly here from all over the world. It would be very easy to organize good games here. We just have to get proper rake so it’s reasonable.”

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Nevada Governor Wants Online Poker Deal with New Jersey

 Nevada Governor Wants Online Poker Deal with New Jersey

An interstate online gambling compact between Nevada and New Jersey has never really come close to becoming a reality, but Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval still wants to try to make it happen. Speaking at the Nevada Gaming Policy Committee meeting in Las Vegas on Friday, Sandoval expressed mild frustration that his state hasn’t gotten anything going with New Jersey.

Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Rick Velotta was at the meeting, live tweeting the proceedings. The meeting revolved primarily around e-sports and the possibility of Nevada becoming a gambling hub for the fast-rising form of entertainment and competition. Talk did move briefly to online poker, though.

According to Velotta, Sandoval was “perplexed” as to why New Jersey has balked at entering into an agreement to share player liquidity with Nevada. He feels it would be a great thing to bring the two gambling giants of the United States together to create an online poker force.

“It would be like putting together the Yankees and the Dodgers,” Sandoval said.

He added that despite New Jersey’s reluctance in the past, he would still like to talk to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie about getting a deal done.

Aside from states actually legalizing online poker (or the federal government legalizing it nationally), the establishment of interstate gaming compacts will likely be the most important thing that will determine the long-term success of online poker in the U.S. Internet poker is a game of liquidity. Poker sites need players – and  lots of them – to survive. This sounds obvious; after all, any business needs customers, but for online poker it is nearly a do-or-die proposition. Poker sites that have very little traffic not only generate little revenue, but the empty tables make the sites look unattractive to prospective players. Those potential customers then opt not to sign-up, keeping the site a ghost town. Eventually, current customers leave because of the poor game selection and the sites die.

The busy poker sites, on the other hand, are bustling, with lots of full tables and plenty of game selection. Their current players keep playing, while prospective customers see a hopping site and sign-up. Both cycles perpetuate themselves.

Online poker in Nevada has survived, but barely, because of its small population. In February 2014, Sandoval and Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed the “Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement”(MSIGA), allowing for their states’ player pools to be merged. It has not made much of a difference because of the size of the two states, but at least it isn’t nothing.

New Jersey got off to a slow start with its internet gaming industry, but it has picked up the pace and is starting to reap the rewards. It helps that it is the 11th largest state in the U.S. in terms of population, with an estimated 9 million residents. It is large enough to sustain an online gambling industry by itself, which is why Nevada really wants to partner with it.

California is the big prize when it comes to interstate compacts; if and when it gets online poker up and running, you can bet other states – perhaps even New Jersey – will be calling. Other states with sizeable populations that are looking into legalizing online gambling include Pennsylvania, Michigan, New York, and Massachusetts.

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