Is Playing Online Poker in California Legal?

[NOTE: This article was written before a change in California law that now permits the so-called ‘no flop, no drop’ rule.  See material in [RED] in text of article below.  Therefore, the conclusion that playing online is technically illegal in California is no longer correct.] Professor I. Nelson Rose [1] wrote a short article entitled …

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State Laws on Ability to Recover Gambling Losses

The basic starting point for the research leading to the information in the table below is drawn from 162 American Law Reports 1224, which contains the annotation: Gambler’s right to recover money lost by him as including money belonging to others. The annotation is very much out of date, having been written over 50 years ago.  …

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UIGEA: An Analysis of the US Internet Gambling Funding Ban

The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (the “Act”) enacted into law at 10 a.m. ET on Friday October 13, 2006.  The Act adds the following provisions to the money and finance provisions of Title 31 of the United States Code SUBCHAPTER IV – PROHIBITION ON FUNDING OF UNLAWFUL INTERNET GAMBLING 5361. Congressional findings and purpose 5362. Definitions …

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Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection, and Enforcement Act

On May 6, 2009, Barney Frank introduced his bill (the “Bill”) to legalize, license and regulate online casinos and poker rooms. Sportsbetting is specifically prohibited. No new, specific taxation provisions are contained in the Bill. Here is a first look at the Bill, with a few initial observations. This bill is monumentally better and more …

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