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New Jersey Legalizes Poker and Casino

January 24, 2014 Category :Legislation Off

Seal of New JerseyOnline poker is now legal in New Jersey.  That’s right!  If you live in New Jersey you can now legally play poker online as they have joined Nevada and Delaware as the third state to legalize online gambling, or at least some form of online gambling.  The bill was passed in February of 2013 and the first casino was launched in November, 2013.

In simple terms, the bill that was passed in an overwhelming majority, allows casino operators of New Jersey casinos to launch online gambling sites that offer both online poker and casino games.  Sports betting was not part of the bill.  New Jersey will continue to try to get sports betting legalized at both their brick and mortar casinos in Atlantic City and their online casinos.

So far the only other two states to offer online poker are Nevada and Delaware.  There continues to be talk about the states joining forces so the poker sites can work together.  This will eventually happen, but no one knows when that will be.  Most states are struggling for money and this is one way for states to create revenue.  The state of New Jersey stands to make a 15% tax from online casinos which could be substantial.  There is no doubt that 2014 will bring more states into the online casino industry.  It is just too good to pass up and once they see how much revenue is being created they will surely jump at the chance and legalize online gambling in their respective states.

The big catch is that you must live in New Jersey to play online poker in New Jersey. If you live outside the state you will not be able to create an account. This is monitored by the players IP address which tells the poker room and casino where the player is located. While there has been some complications with this approach, in all it has worked rather well.

Depositing and withdrawing to the online sites is done with fairly easy.  Most online casinos take major credit cards and debit cards while withdrawing is done by check or bank wire. Because these sites are fully licensed and regulated in the state making credit card deposits is much easier than using an offshore poker site or casino. Some banks however have made the decision to not allow gambling transactions. We think the banks have gone a little too far here “protecting” their customers from themselves, and if your credit card is issued by one of these banks you will not be able to deposit.

Caesars Interactive Entertainment is the active player behind the New Jersey online casinos.  They are the leader in the industry for now but we assume many casinos will follow suit.

Check out our selection of USA legal poker sites and specifically New Jersey poker sites.  Join in the fun and excitement of online poker and casino games by using our links you will claim the biggest and best bonuses.

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Lock Poker Kicked off the Revolution Network?

October 30, 2013 Category :General| USA Poker Off

The troubles continue for once glorified USA poker site Lock Poker. Lock Poker has made the claim they decided to move to their own network as a result of the payment issues associated with the Revolution Poker Network but just the opposite may be true.

For months players, and ourselves, have experienced very slow payments from Lock Poker. The slow payments actually had prompted USALegalPoker to de-list Lock Poker as an approved USA poker site. Lock stated they were moving to their own network in order to provide customers a faster cashier which would allow them to make payments quicker. We have now learned that in fact, Lock Poker may have been “kicked off” the Revolution Network because of their financial uncertainty.

Players who login to the old Lock Poker software will be redirected to the poker site Pure Poker while if you go to the Lock Poker homepage you will be promoted to download new software which deletes the revolution software and installs new software that runs on their proprietary network. We do not have a  lot of information regarding Pure Poker and do not recommend players to sign up. Instead see our listing of recommended USA poker sites that are still in good standing here at USALegalPoker and the online poker community as a whole.

We are sure more information will come to light regarding this situation and as the dust settles we are are certain the truth will come out. In the mean time use any of our recommended poker sites that still allow USA players. We highly recommend Americas Card Room and PokerHost as both have been in business for over 10 years and offer a great poker experience. Claim a nice sign up bonus at either site and get your USA deposits approved and withdraws sent quickly. Both sites have a good history of on time payments and PokerHost has some of the fastest withdraws in the industry.


PokerStars Pushing New Jersey bid with potential $10 million live poker room

October 5, 2013 Category :Legal Off

We spoke last week about the potential passing of New Jersey to be granted a license to legally offer online poker to their residents. This week it has come to our attention that PokerStars are doing all they can to sweeten the deal with their proposed move to build a $10 million poker room in Atlantic City.

The deal for New Jersey to be granted their license is looking increasingly likely and rumours around the industry suggest that a positive decision will be made as early as the end of November. This news has prompted PokerStars – the world’s largest online poker room – to spring into action and be one of the first to open their doors to the public and provide USA legal poker.

The company have been trying to invest in a number of properties over the years to create their first ‘brick and mortar’ casino, but have been unsuccessful in their plight. Originally it was thought that they would be pairing up with some of the bigger players in Nevada, but the crash of the industry seemed to have halted any potential plans.

Since then they have tried many avenues with one being that of setting up on their own, however states have been reluctant to allow this. This has meant that it will be more than likely they team up with an existing resort, rumoured to be Resorts Casino Hotel.

This will likely be excellent news not only for the likes of Atlantic City, but also for the poker industry as a whole. It’s been widely recognised that PokerStars have been the leading light within online poker for over a decade now and pretty much everything that they seem to touch results in a positive outcome.

There’s little doubt that the Resorts Casino Hotel will be desperate to get this partnership agreed and finalised as they look to bring in some much needed income into the state, and more importantly, Atlantic City. Equally though, PokerStars will be just as desperate to get this agreement sealed as their what seems like never ending plight of finding a land based poker room, might just be coming to an end.

The bigger picture is probably outside this story though and much more in line with if New Jersey gets granted a license. A successful outcome of their application could potentially be massive with states queuing up to get in on a piece of the action. This decision has the potential to be the forthcoming of a new start for the poker industry, both online and off line.

In the meantime you can use any of our USA poker sites online and stay primed for when you can log in and play online at a state regulated online poker room.


Latest in Legal Poker News

September 26, 2013 Category :Legal Off

New Jersey has emerged as the latest state to take the next step in legalising the use of online gambling within its parameters. “At least one” of its licenses are set to be deputised by December which looks likely to leave the door open for other licensed establishments to jump aboard and start promoting online.

The state has seen a massive decline in people into Atlantic City but this move is hoped that these numbers will flourish once again. The casinos have all been heavily linked with mergers of existing poker rooms in an effort to speed up the process which, by 2014 at least, should start reaping the benefits and again thrive within the gambling industry.

This success of New Jersey’s case to legalise online gambling within the state will likely be watched very closely by a number of states looking at taking the same direction. Maryland is one state that’s already declared an interest in the legalisation process and they are reported as to be monitoring the situation.

Similarly to New Jersey, Maryland have a vested interest in gambling with the likes of MGM and Penn National Gaming both fighting it out to get licensing for a new casino in the state. But governors are weary of diving in too fast and it appears that, from an interview with Maryland’s Gaming Chief, Stephen Martino they will be learning from the route that other states have taken before anything is finalised.

A way in which states such as New Jersey and Maryland will be looking for licensing could come about in the form of a partnership with the already accepted, Nevada. The Silver State has been regulated for online gambling and poker since 2011 and was granted permission to form partnerships with other states. Obviously this will have an effect on the revenue Nevada currently generates from online gambling, but the increased player pool with another state, whoever that might be, will obviously increase.

Unfortunately for Nevada, the player numbers for online poker haven’t been as large as they would have hoped whilst now running into their third year of licensing. But that being said, there have been just one firm – Station Casinos – who have launched an online poker room, with more rumoured to be setting up in the very near future.

The next few months could well be crucial for the future of USA legal poker in the US, not just for New Jersey, but for the nation. Many, such as Maryland, will be watching to see how this submission goes before launching one of their own. A negative result for New Jersey might discourage a lot of states but on the flip side, a positive outcome could open the floodgates for online poker to get back to powerhouse it once was.

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BetOnline Poker Raises Bonus

August 8, 2013 Category :Poker Bonuses Off

BetOnline Poker ReviewThe BetOnline Poker room has always been one of our top USA legal poker sites to play at. The one thing BetOnline always seemed to fall short on was bonuses. No longer is that the case as BetOnline has raised their poker sign up bonus to a generous 200% match up to $2000 on your first deposit.

To claim your bonus simply log into BetOnline and make a deposit of at least $50. After doing so email freeplay@betonline.ag and the bonus will be added to your account. Then simply play real money online poker and you will earn your bonus.

The BetOnline bonus is structured a little different than most. You earn your bonus in different stages as you earn “POP” points. Receive 10% of your bonus after earning 25% of your deposit amount in POP points. So for example if you deposited $100 you would need to earn 25 POP points and 10% of your bonus is released into your real money account. The first 10% of the bonus is extremely easy to earn and you will earn the bonus quickly.

The second stage of your bonus is released after earning an additional 50% of your bonus amount in POP points. After doing so you will earn 20% of your bonus which again is pretty easy to earn.

Stage 3 and 4 then require a little more play to release your bonus. In stage 3 you will earn 50% of the 200% bonus after earning 100% of your deposit amount in POP points. Stage 4 will also release 50% of the bonus after earning 155% of your deposit amount. So again if you deposited $100 you would need to earn 155 POP points to release this portion of your bonus.

The 5th and final stage of earning your bonus will be released after earning 250% of your deposit amount in POP points. While it does sound confusing (which it is) you can always check your status of earning your bonus in the player admin. The reason (we assume) BetOnline structured the bonus in this manner is give everyone the 10% bonus which is so easy to earn. Then if you are a loyal player you are rewarded after playing and earning the larger chunks of the bonus.

The BetOnline Poker room runs on its own network but has good site traffic. The site is also relatively loose as BetOnline was first an online sportsbook and recruited many of their poker players over from the sportsbook. As a result you end up with gamblers more so than poker players. Expect to receive a bad beat here and there but if you keep your cool you can take down some nice pots by playing solid poker. You will also notice a lot of bluffing goes on here. Being gamblers these guys will try to steal the pot if they miss their straight or flush

See our BetOnline Poker review for more details and to sign up. If you also want to use the sportsbook you can from the same account as poker and also play in their casino. The BetOnline Casino is also one of just a few online casinos that offer Live Dealers. You can watch the dealer and your cards being dealt in real time over a live streaming feed.

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Get Beat and Get Paid

June 18, 2013 Category :USA Poker Off

Americas Card RoomNo-one likes to lose but you may rethink that when playing at Americas card Room. At the time of this post the Americas Card Bad Beat Jackpot is just under $200,000 making a bad beat sting a lot less.

Head over to Americas Card Room and play at any of their bad beat jackpot tables and if you take a beating holding quad 8’s or better you will receive just under $60,000! Not bad for losing the hand. The winner of the hand also gets a piece of the jackpot taking home 20% of the jackpot and just be seated at the table where the jackpot is hit you receive a share.

Americas Card Room offers bad beat jackpot tables starting at just $.05/$.10 and if you are playing at under the $2/$4 stakes level you will only receive 50% of the jackpot. This structure is only fair as higher stakes players should receive more than a micro stake table.

Americas Card Room accepts players from around the world including USA players. They offer a great 100% match sign up bonus up to $1000 on your first deposit and also regularly offers re-deposit bonuses.

If you do not have an account at Americas Card Room yet see our Americas Card Room review for more details on this great USA legal poker site. The poker room is fully licensed in the Antilles and does a great job getting USA credit card deposits approved. When it is time to withdraw your winnings you can do so by check or cash transfer and receive your cash fast. Checks arrive in 5-7 business days and cash transfer pick up details can be available in as little as 48 hours.

So head over to Americas Card Room and play at their bad beat jackpot tables and for once hope you receive a bad beat and take home 10’s of thousands of dollars.


USA Legal Poker Nationwide – Fact or Pipedream

June 14, 2013 Category :Legal Off

Recent legalization in Nevada and efforts in New Jersey and Delaware have initiated talk as to when USA legal poker will be regulated. In our challenging times alternatives for revenue at the state level seem to breed the same thinking with our representatives in Washington. Additionally, as corporations continue to search for revenue generation you have to think that sooner or later the same thing will need to be done at the national level though never seen before. There seems to be too much money in play for Congress to walk away from online poker but considering they are having such a difficult time deciding what needs to be cut from the current expenditures how do we think that it will ever come up for any type of discussion? Consider the fact that they cannot decide what to do with the current budget so how can we think that they can pass a bill allowing USA Legal Poker – DOUBTFUL – on catching up with corporations as well as understanding new sources of revenue.

A recent Reuters article (http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/31/net-us-gambling-congress-idUSBRE94U19020130531) tried to explain the potential for the windfall from such a legislative effort but do you really think that  they could all come together to make such a decision – again, doubt it. Revenue that is expected from such a program as the legalization of online poker is not enough for them to consider let alone justify the expense of any lobbyists supporting the coffers of their reelection programs (when Nevada went live with their online poker program they depended on “word of mouth” with no advertising let alone congressional lobbying).

Believe us when we tell you, your best site for fun with online poker is with us here at USA Legal Poker. Stick with us at USA Legal Poker for the most professional sites available to you as well as insight into current developments.


Special Tournaments at ACR

June 6, 2013 Category :Tournaments Off

Americas Card RoomIf you are free this Sunday June 9th head over to Americas Card Room (ACR) for a guaranteed 10 Punta Cana Classic Packages as well as a $100,000 guarantee. Satellites are running now for both tournaments where you can buy in for as little as $1.

Win a complete Punta Cana Poker Classic Package Sunday June 9th at 6PM EST. Each package includes the following:

• $1,500+150 buy-in to the Main Event with $500,000 Guaranteed
• 6-night accommodations, single occupancy, at the Hard Rock Hotel Casino Punta Cana
• Round trip airfare up to $800
• Ground transportation to/from Punta Cana (PUJ) International Airport
• All-inclusive premium food and beverages
• A welcome gift bag
• 24-hour premium room service
• $1,500 Resort Credit to spend on spa, golf, and tours at the hotel
• 24/7 VIP Support Line

Buy in directly or win your way to the guaranteed 10 package tournament for small buy-ins. The Punta Cana Poker Classic is scheduled for November 11th through the 17th and as stated has a half million guaranteed prize pool. Get away from the cold this November by playing at Americas Card Room and winning your way to the Poker Classic.

Also on Sunday Americas Card Room is upping the stakes and guaranteeing a $100,000 prize pool. This tournament is scheduled for 7PM EST and has a buy in of just $200+15. You can also win your entry through many of the satellites currently running. Be sure to keep an eye on this tournament as there could be a nice overlay.

If you have not played at Americas Card Room yet they are our best USA legal poker site. They have great site traffic and one of a just a few USA poker sites that offer a bad beat jackpot (which is currently over $163,000). They also offer a progressive rake chase and a nice $1000 bonus. See our Americas Card Room review for more information and claim to claim your bonus. Then keep your Sunday open to play in these two great tournaments.

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