Legislation in Delaware moves to House Vote
A bill in Delaware that would legalize online poker and expand other forms of gambling in the state is on its way to a House vote, and it has a good chance of passing, according to Brian Selander, Chief Strategy Officer Gov. Jack Markell.
The bill, named Gaming Competitiveness Act of 2012, was introduced on May 9. There are also rumors that the State is looking to partner with West Virginia and Rhode Island to make a state-to-state compact and offer online poker services. The problem is neither West Verginia nor Rhode Island have an online game bill. According to the Department of Justice, intrastate online poker is okay since December 2011, but it's not certain whether or not state compacts are allowed.
Online Poker Traffic
Taken straight from PokerScout.com. A little over a year after Black Friday, the total worldwide online poker market remains under pressure from a global stagnation in poker's popularity. The online poker traffic (ex-Italy) has decreased by 19% in the last year.
Year-over-year changes for some individual sites and networks are given below. The most impressive numbers belong to PokerStars - by far. The introduction of Zoom Poker boosted their numbers in a fantastic way, to the point where they have actually increased their traffic in spite of the huge losses following Black Friday. Other big rooms, such as PartyPoker and the iPoker Network show a loss in traffic, which comes as a surprise, considering they were among the big gainers right after Black Friday. Results are for the main (.com) sites and networks unless stated otherwise.
iPoker Network 11%
Full Tilt Poker 100%
Cereus Network 99%
International Poker Network (IPN) 52%
Ongame Network 18%
Small but interesting:
Chico Poker Network (formerly Action Poker Network) 279%
Everleaf Gaming Network 50%