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Top 10 tips for a poker room newbie

25 April 2016
Like most twentysomething poker players, my playing career began when Chris Moneymaker won the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event and sparked a poker boom around the globe. I was 14 years old when I first learned Texas Hold'em, and for the first few years, my playing experience was limited to home games with friends. ... (read more)
 

Top 10 developments and storylines since Black Friday

8 April 2016
Five years ago, American poker players could sit at a table and play any game, for any stakes, at any time of the day that pleased them. It was truly paradise. But next Friday, April 15, marks the five-year anniversary of "Black Friday," the day the United States Department of Justice invaded that paradise and shut down the major online poker operators in the U.S. ... (read more)
 

DFS news roundup: Alabama and Tennessee attorneys general declare DFS illegal gambling

7 April 2016
The future of real-money daily fantasy sports (DFS) in Alabama is bleak, following Attorney General Luther Strange's ruling Tuesday that DFS violates state law. In a press release, Strange's office said DraftKings and FanDuel have until May 1 to pull out of Alabama. "Daily fantasy sports operators claim that they operate legally under Alabama law," Strange said in the press release. ... (read more)
 

DFS news roundup: Indiana passes DFS legislation

31 March 2016
Indiana became the second U.S. state to pass daily fantasy sports (DFS) legislation last week, after Gov. Mike Pence signed S 339 into law on March 24. The law officially takes effect on July 1. Earlier this month, Virginia became the first state to enact DFS regulations when it passed the Fantasy Contests Act. ... (read more)
 

Top 10 future bets for the 2016 Major League Baseball season

28 March 2016
The 2016 Major League Baseball season gets underway Sunday, which means we have 2,430 games to bet on over the next six months. But before we get into the daily grind of analyzing pitching matchups and ballpark splits, it's now time to invest a little time and money into our futures. MLB betting futures, that is. ... (read more)
 

DFS news roundup: Operations shut down in New York

24 March 2016
Daily fantasy sports (DFS) giants FanDuel and DraftKings on Monday agreed to stop offering contests in New York until September, unless legislation is passed that allows them to operate. In September, a primary appeal hearing will be held regarding the legality of DFS in New York. New York Attorney General ... (read more)
 

DFS news roundup: Virginia governor signs DFS bill into law

10 March 2016
History was made in the daily fantasy sports (DFS) industry Monday afternoon, as Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed the nation's first DFS bill into law. While sites like DraftKings and FanDuel continue to operate throughout the U.S. in states that consider DFS a "legal gray area," Virginia is now the only state with a regulatory framework for real-money DFS contests. ... (read more)
 

PokerStars in New Jersey just won't be the same

3 March 2016
My online poker "career" began long before I made my first deposit onto PokerStars.com when I was 18 years old. But that day in late May 2007 – when I used my own debit card, with my own verified information, to make a $100 deposit from my bedroom in New Jersey – was significant. I could now play online poker whenever I wanted. ... (read more)
 

Top 10 picks for the Global Poker Index American Poker Awards

19 February 2016
This Thursday, the 2nd Annual Global Poker Index American Poker Awards ceremony will be held in Beverly Hills. Everyone who's anyone in the poker world will be there. Unless, of course, they're playing in or working at a poker tournament, like the WPTDeepStacks series at Parx Casino in Philadelphia, the WPT ... (read more)

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Dan Podheiser
Dan Podheiser has covered the gambling industry since 2013, but he has been an avid poker player for more than a decade, starting when he was just 14 years old. When he turned 18, he played online poker regularly on U.S.-friendly sites until Black Friday in April 2011.

Since graduating from Emerson College with a degree in journalism in 2010, Dan has worked as the sports editor for a chain of newspapers in Northwest Connecticut and served a year as an Americorps*VISTA, writing and researching grant proposals for a Boston-based charity.

Originally from South Jersey, where he still visits occasionally to see his family (and play on the state's regulated online poker sites), Dan lives in Brighton, Mass. with his wife and dog.
Dan Podheiser
Dan Podheiser has covered the gambling industry since 2013, but he has been an avid poker player for more than a decade, starting when he was just 14 years old. When he turned 18, he played online poker regularly on U.S.-friendly sites until Black Friday in April 2011.

Since graduating from Emerson College with a degree in journalism in 2010, Dan has worked as the sports editor for a chain of newspapers in Northwest Connecticut and served a year as an Americorps*VISTA, writing and researching grant proposals for a Boston-based charity.

Originally from South Jersey, where he still visits occasionally to see his family (and play on the state's regulated online poker sites), Dan lives in Brighton, Mass. with his wife and dog.