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It looks like PokerStars will not be entering the New Jersey online gaming market any time soon as the New Jersey Division of Gaming announced this week that it has suspended Rational Group's application. Online poker had another day before Congress this week, the new LGA Chairman is emphasizing the safety of player funds and Rafa Nadal played his first major live poker tournament in Prague. Pokerfuse is giving away free autographed copies of Alligator Blood: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of the High-rolling Whiz-kid Who Controlled Online Poker's Billions to a select few lucky newsletter readers. to enter, simply send an email to for your chance to win.

New Malta LGA Chairman: “We Need to Protect Player’s Money”

Joseph Cuschieri believes players' trust is key to the successful regulation of online gaming.

In an extensive interview with the Malta Independent, newly-appointed Executive Chairman of the Lotteries and Gaming Authority explained that effective player fund protection is an essential factor in growing its regulatory business.

“As chairman of this organisation, although we want to grow this sector, we also need to be a jurisdiction where players’ money is protected,” he stated.

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Rational Group Locked Out of New Jersey

"Unresolved federal indictment" against PokerStars founder Scheinberg cited as primary reason for 2-year application suspension.

PokerStars parent company Rational Group’s application for online gaming in New Jersey has been suspended for two years. The group has this time to address concerns over its executives, in particular an outstanding inditement over PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg.

According to statements from both the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) and PokerStars, as reported by Forbes’ Nathan Vardi, its license application has been suspended, although a review of its application may come if “circumstances change” during this period.

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PPA Director Shines at Online Gaming Congressional Hearing

House Reps too sharp for corporate double talk.

Poker Players Alliance Executive Director John Pappas was well prepared and well-spoken at a US House of Representatives subcommittee hearing on internet gambling Tuesday.

Addressing the issues of age verification, problem gambling and other consumer protections, Pappas seemed to have all the answers to questions posed by committee members—most of which were themselves familiar with the issues of regulating internet gaming.

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Exclusive: New Rafa Nadal Poker Doc to Feature Matrix-Like “Time Freeze” Technology

Rafa Nadal will be the subject of a documentary to be released in 2014, with special footage shot at a charity event tomorrow at EPT Prague.

Rafa Nadal will compete Thursday in a €100,000 charity poker tournament at the EPT Prague, in which “time freeze” technology, using 80 digital cameras, will capture all the action to be used for a forthcoming documentary.

The special feature table, set up at the Hilton Hotel, Prague and nestled among the tournament action currently underway as part of the European Poker Tour, has been created especially for the event.

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Confirmed: EPT Barcelona Laptop Infected with Screen-Sharing Trojan

IT security experts confirm that a Remote Access Trojan (RAT) was installed on laptops left in hotel rooms at the EPT Barcelona.

IT security company F-Secure has confirmed that a trojan program was installed on a poker player’s laptop during the EPT Barcelona earlier this year.

Back in July, multiple players reported a security breach in their rooms at the Hotel Arts where players were staying, and reported laptops mysteriously disappearing and reappearing.

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Skrill to Cease Processing Gambling Payments in Canada

January 2, 2014 withdrawal date set, according to as-yet unconfirmed player report.

Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky has posted an email he received from Skrill telling him that they would no longer permit gambling transactions as of January 2, 2014. Transactions from merchants will end January 31.

The email explained : “Skrill will be notifying active gamblers next week and will also communicate this to its broader Canadian customer base.”

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