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New York Governor Approves Credit Card, Internet Sales for Charitable Raffles

It’s not online poker, but New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill to little fanfare a week and a half ago that allows charities to accept credit and debit cards for raffles as well as sell raffle tickets over the internet. The “Charitable Gaming Act of 2017” was introduced in February and passed both the House and Senate in June. Cuomo vetoed a similar bill last year and it came as a surprise to many when he gave his seal of approval to this one. When one thinks of charity raffles, one often thinks of churches or schools. The driving force behind the efforts to get this law passed, though, was the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, and specifically its nonprofit arm, the Buffalo Sabres Foundation. The Sabres run a “50/50” raffle at every home game (41 of them per year, not counting playoffs) in which fans in attendance can buy

Pennsylvania Governor Signs Online Gambling Bill

After last week’s frantic activity in the Pennsylvania state legislature, we expected this to happen, but nonetheless, it is a relief that on Monday, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed the gambling expansion bill that will, among other things, legalize online gambling, including poker. The Pennsylvania Senate passed HB 271 on Wednesday by a 31-19 vote and the House passed it Thursday morning, 109-72, sending the gambling bill to Governor Wolf’s desk. It was expected he was sign it and he did not disappoint in that regard, announcing at the Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon in Harrisburg on Monday that he did so. Now legal in Pennsylvania are online poker, online table games, online slots, daily fantasy sports, and internet lottery sales. The law also authorizes tablet gaming areas in airports, video gaming terminals (VGTs) at qualified truck stops, and ten “satellite casinos.” The topic of VGTs was particularly divisive, as the

Governor Cuomo Signs Bill to Make DFS Legal in New York

Sunday’s Hall of Fame Game between the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts may have been canceled, but the daily fantasy sports (DFS) football season for New Yorkers has not. New York DFS fans can breathe a sigh of relief, as Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill on Wednesday that legalizes the games in the state, opening the door for DraftKings and FanDuel to start accepting Empire State customers once again. The bill (S.8153/A.10736) passed on the last day of the legislative session back in mid-June. The votes weren’t quite unanimous, but they were overwhelmingly in favor of DFS: 91-22 in the Assembly and 45-17 in the Senate. Governor Cuomo asked for the bill to be sent to his desk last Tuesday, at which point he had ten days to make a decision on it. He obviously knew what he was going to do, signing it the following day. At

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