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Posted by on Dec 11, 2015 in Blog, General Poker | 2 comments

Silence of the Shills (Is this the End for RAWA’s Hessians?)


Las Vegas Sands Corp. CEO Sheldon Adelson


While the American Revolution was being fought, the British government found it easier to hire and arm foreign mercenaries than to recruit and train its own soldiers.

Billionaire Sheldon Adelson apparently hasn’t studied that page from American history.  He’s convinced that shoveling millions of dollars into what amounts to the rusty coal furnace known as the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling will somehow deliver that most elusive of political victories — a federal bill outlawing most forms of online gaming.  That’s now seemingly a fool’s paradise after his forces were thoroughly demolished in Wednesday’s committee hearings before members of congress on Restoring America’s Wire Act, otherwise known as “RAWA.”  

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Posted by on Dec 10, 2015 in Blog, Politics | 4 comments

Online Poker’s Biggest Victory in Years (RAWA Bill Sponsor Gets Disemboweled Before His Own Subcommittee)




Watching Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) flounder and fumble his way through multiple hours of congressional testimony on Wednesday reminded me of painful memories on my high school debate team.

I was engaged in a debate on some topic or other and as we went back and forth, I gradually came to realize the futility of my arguments.  By the closing remarks, I was in complete agreement with the other side.  Unfortunately, when engaged in a team debate competition, one can’t simply concede defeat and walk off the stage.  So, I used my final summation to run through the motions in a halfhearted attempt to save some face and then exit the room as quickly as possible.

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Posted by on Jun 6, 2015 in Blog, General Poker, Personal, Video 1 | 0 comments

My Video Interview with




A few months ago, I attended the iGaming North America conference in Las Vegas (thanks, Sue Schneider), where I was interviewed by Rebecca Liggero, from

Ms. Liggero asked me about the present state of online poker in the United States and called upon on me to speculate on the chances that we’ll see major changes one way or the other, whether that be restriction or expansion.

The short clip can be viewed below.

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