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Virginia Poker Bill Passes Senate Committee, Full Senate Vote Coming

Facing increased competition from surrounding states, the Commonwealth of Virginia appears to be slowly making its way toward legalizing at least some sort of brick-and-mortar gambling. On Monday, a bill which would legalize poker and authorize the regulation of poker tournaments passed through committee. The bill will likely be voted upon this week. The bill, S 1400, was introduced by Senator Louise Lucas about two weeks ago. Its first order of business it to legalize poker by declaring it a game of skill. Currently, the state law is a bit murky in this area: “Illegal gambling” means the making, placing or receipt of any bet or wager in the Commonwealth of money or other thing of value, made in exchange for a chance to win a prize, stake or other consideration or thing of value, dependent upon the result of any game, contest or any other event the outcome of

Full Tilt Poker Claims Process Appears to be Done

According to Flushdraw.net, the remissions process for those who had poker funds frozen in the Full Tilt Poker Black Friday scandal is effectively complete. According to the Garden City Group (GCG) the Full Tilt Claims administrator appointed by the U.S. Department of Justice, every petition for reimbursement submitted by players has been processed. There have been nine waves of payments to former U.S.-based Full Tilt customers, the first of which occurred in February 2014, nearly three years after player deposits were frozen or disappeared. That initial batch of payments was by far the largest, but the GCG had much more work after that, as more petitions came streaming in, incomplete records had to be fixed, and changes had to made to policies about who could and could not get their money back. Per Flushdraw, the dollar amounts and numbers of payments for each round were as follows: February 2014: $

Adjarabet Launches Full Deck Poker Promo

It’s been a while since we talked about Adjarabet. Remember Adjarabet? It was the little-known online poker room based in the country of Georgia that rose to prominence two years ago via creative promotions that catered to the recreational player. These promos had goals that were extremely easy to reach and as a result, Adjarabet drew loads of cash game players, catapulting it into the top ten of PokerScout’s cash game rankings. The poker room is down to number fifteen now, but that’s still not too bad. So let’s talk about another interesting promo it has going on, shall we? The latest promo is called “Full Deck Poker” and seems like a fun take on the tried-and-true card collecting game. The goal, as it might sound, is to collect each one of the 52 cards in a standard deck. And, as is the modus operandi of Adjarabet, the cards are

Amaya Eliminating Many Former Full Tilt Jobs

In mid-May, PokerStars absorbed Full Tilt’s liquidity, ending the checkered existence of the once high-flying poker room, leaving behind just the carcass of the Full Tilt brand. On Friday, eGaming Review reported that Amaya, owner of PokerStars and Full Tilt, was eliminating “dozens” of jobs in its London office, the assumption being that these positions were related to Full Tilt operations. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. When two similar operations merge, there are bound to be employee casualties because of job redundancy. That was especially the case here, since Full Tilt’s poker software wasn’t going to be used anymore; Full Tilt is now just a skin of PokerStars, using the PokerStars platform. When the “merger” of PokerStars and Full Tilt was initially announced in February, Amaya said: This platform migration will allow Amaya’s development and technology teams to focus on improving one market-leading platform rather than two,

Final Settlements in Full Tilt Case Reached

After more than five years of travel through the courts in the United States, the final settlements regarding Full Tilt Poker were quietly reached earlier this year, ending the saga of the now-defunct twice over online poker site and putting it into the history books. The issues that Full Tilt faced were directly related to the “Black Friday” indictments by the U. S. Department of Justice against top officials from the online poker room. Indicted directly criminally in the case was Ray Bitar, the Chief Executive Officer of TiltWare, and Nelson Burtnick, who was the Director of Payments for Full Tilt Poker. In addition to those men, a class-action civil suit was filed against Full Tilt executives Howard Lederer and Chris Ferguson by a player consortium consisting of Steve Segal, Nick Hammer, Robin Hougdahl, Todd Terry and Bradley Clasen, looking to retrieve monies that were taken in by Lederer and