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No Prison Time For PokerStars Founder Isai Scheinberg, Orders Federal Judge

September 23, 2020 | By: Eric Ramsey

Prosecutions stemming from the 2011 shutdown of the world’s largest online poker sites are officially over. Honoring the recommendations of federal authorities in the Southern District of New York, Judge Lewis A. Kaplan on Wednesday sentenced Isai Scheinberg to time served for his crimes related to illegal gambling. The founder of PokerStars, who with his son […]

PokerStars Founder Isai Scheinberg Surrenders To Feds In New York

January 25, 2020 | By: Eric Ramsey

Prosecutors in New York finally have their hands on Isai Scheinberg. As Forbes first reported, the founder of PokerStars surrendered to federal authorities upon entering the country from Switzerland a week ago Friday. Scheinberg, 73, stands charged with a number of gambling and financial crimes including money laundering and bank fraud. The defendant pleaded not guilty in […]

Federal Judge To DOJ: Wire Act Only Applies To Sports Betting

June 3, 2019 | By: Eric Ramsey

New Hampshire has won its lawsuit against the US Department of Justice clarifying the scope of a 1961 federal gambling law. In a 60-page ruling issued Monday, US District Court Judge Paul Barbadoro rejected a 2018 opinion from the Office of Legal Counsel which expanded the Wire Act to broadly cover interstate online gambling. The previous interpretation from 2011 applies narrowly […]

Acting AG Whitaker Defends Wire Act Opinion, Denies Adelson Influence Before Congress

February 18, 2019 | By: Eric Ramsey

Acting US Attorney General Matthew Whitaker on Friday testified that he had no involvement in the recent Wire Act opinion that emerged from the Department of Justice. The nation’s top legal official delivered his statements during a contentious oversight hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, responding to contribution questions from Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.). Whitaker […]

New Hampshire Lottery Sues DOJ Over Wire Act Opinion

February 15, 2019 | By: Eric Ramsey

In his first day on the job, US Attorney General William Barr is facing a federal lawsuit listing his name as the defendant. The New Hampshire Lottery Commission has brought a civil suit against Barr and the US Department of Justice, seeking an injunction on the new Wire Act opinion. The agency lodged its complaint on […]

Amendment 3 Puts Future Of Florida Gambling On Midterm Ballot

October 30, 2018 | By: Eric Ramsey

Midterm elections are upon the US, and gaming and gambling issues will appear on the ballot in a few states. Arkansas is making a move toward legal sports betting under a proposed referendum which survived a last-minute legal challenge. Voters will decide the fate of the ever-expanding industry as it relates to them via a […]

NJ Regulators Want To Round Up Bovada, Other Illegal Gambling Websites

August 12, 2018 | By: Eric Ramsey

Regulators in New Jersey want to crack down on illegal gambling sites operating offshore. Speaking with Gambling Compliance (paywall) this week, David Rebuck said that those involved in illegal operations will be denied licensure and driven out of the state. Rebuck is the director of the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement, which has regulated NJ […]