The latest on the online poker industry you should be aware of is the focus of this weeks edition of “The Dirty Stack”. To kick things off we head over the not so sunny California where US State’s Senator, Lou Correa has drawn the shades on a bill to legalize online gaming in state.
Correa, who is the chairman of the Senate Governmental Organization Committee and screens all gambling measures, has stated that there is not enough time left in 2014 legislative session to refine the SB 1366 bill which he penned.
“Internet poker is an important public policy. We need to make sure it’s done right,” Correa said.
Released this past February, SB 1366 or “The Internet Poker Consumer Protection Act of 2014“, is for the allowance of licensure and regulation of various legalized gambling activities. The bill allows for operators and developers a 10 year license, 10 percent tax rate and would authorize intrastate Internet poker.
Over across the US in New Jersey, Commercial Intelligence has reported consumers aren’t as vulnerable as Sheldon Adelson might suspect, as a new report shows a significant increase in the amount of players using illegal online gambling sites.
In a report entitled, “Wave 2”, the study shows that more online players are using NJ’s approved gaming sites, that bonuses and free spins are a major influence on registrations, more females are now playing than back in January when the first report was published, and over 50% have played social games while the majority state they gamble online for fun.
Far away from New Jersey in Bulgaria, PokerStars is the first poker room to launch live in Bulgaria with a regulated license.
“PokerStars strives to be first-in-market when online poker licenses are made available and we’re proud to be the first locally licensed poker site in Bulgaria. We believe in the potential of the Bulgarian market and that is why our company has invested in the local license.” – Eric Hollreiser, Head of corporate communications for the Rational Group
The PokerStars.bg debut in Bulgaria intersects with its release the beta version of PokerStars 7 for their .COM, .EU and .ES clients. Lee Jones, head of poker communications stated that countless hours of research, design and development were invested into their new “flagship software,” which however is only available for Windows devices.
“We believe this release is friendlier for new players and more intuitive and powerful for our veterans. So now we’re inviting our players to test the beta version of the software and help us ensure that it meets the high standards that everyone expects of PokerStars.” – Lee Jones
The new software features one-click Quick Seat function, a new tab for storing favorited games and tournaments, plus a live events tab for all PokerStars live competitions and running satellites.