Media Inquiries

Online Poker Report began its life as a site about online poker in the US, but the topics we cover have expanded over the years.

As part of the Catena North America network, OPR and its sister site Legal Sports Report jointly cover the legal, regulatory and business aspects of online gambling in the US. LSR addresses sports betting and daily fantasy sports. Meanwhile OPR is the catchall site for every other form of online gambling, including but not limited to:

Our site provides a valuable resource for those interested in regulated online gambling. This includes mainstream journalists looking for an expert source on the topic. If you can’t find the information you’re looking for among our articles, reach out and our team will be happy to answer your questions as best we can.

OPR only promotes legal forms of gambling. However, we keep tabs on gray and black markets as a matter of course, and occasionally report on significant events in those worlds, with appropriate caveats for our readers.

Quick questions

If you have questions about one of our articles, or need information for one of your own, email OPR’s Managing Editor, Alex Weldon.

You can also find contact information for other OPR contributors on our Authors page.

Media relations

If you’re looking for a longer interview, an on-camera appearance or the like, you’ll want to reach out to our media relations team. Our media relations lead, Zack Hall, will be happy to assist you.

Note that the Catena North America network comprises a large and growing number of sites, with dozens of writers and specialists on various gambling-related topics. If you are looking for specific data or other information but aren’t sure that OPR is exactly the right fit, Zack will connect you with whomever is most knowledgeable about the topic you’re researching.

Press mentions

Online Poker Report is frequently cited by other gambling-related websites, both within and outside of the Catena Network. More mainstream outlets also use us as a source from time to time. In particular, you’ll often find links to OPR articles on law blogs, in the tech media, and investment news, whenever online gambling comes up.

Here are a few examples of content from outside the gambling world which mentions us by name.

Gibson Dunn (Law Firm) – Jan. 27, 2021

First Circuit Narrows Scope of the Wire Act, Reversing Office of Legal Counsel Opinion

There is some indication, however, that the Biden Administration is not inclined to take such an aggressive stance. In July 2019, then former-Vice-President Biden stated his position that if elected, he “would reverse the White House opinion [on the Wire Act] that was then reversed and overruled by the [district] court. The court is correct. That should be the prevailing position.” Dustin Gouker, Should You Vote for Biden or Trump if You Want Legal Online Poker and Gambling?, Online Poker Report (Oct. 23, 2020)

Developer Tech News – Sep. 17, 2019

Apple is giving iOS apps which handle real cash in an HTML5 wrapper a bit longer to transition to native

Affected apps now have until March 3rd, 2020 to become compliant with Apple’s new policies, or risk being pulled from the App Store. Some developers have expressed concern with meeting this timeframe.

Speaking to Online Poker Report, MD of software developer mkodo Stuart Godfree said:

“I would say, 95% of all sportsbook products are wrapped, containerized apps and there are very few exceptions to that…”

Government of Louisiana – Apr. 2, 2019

Comprehensive Gaming Industry Analysis: State of Louisiana

(Multiple OPR citations in footnotes.)

ESPN – May 15, 2018

Does the SCOTUS sports betting ruling help in the legalization efforts of online poker?

New York appears to be the likeliest to make such legislation a reality in 2018. Online poker bills have passed through the State Senate in each of the last two years, only to get hung up in the State Assembly. With Senator John Bonacic, the leading force in online poker, daily fantasy sports and sports betting legislation, set to retire this year, the impetus for such a bill to get done by the end of the calendar year is high, according to Online Poker Report.

The American Spectator – Jan. 24, 2018

Pennsylvania’s Entry Into Online Gaming May Kill Federal Ban Effort

Steve Ruddock, a reporter and online gaming expert at Online Poker Report, recently told The 2+2 Poker podcast that he thinks RAWA is “dead and buried now.”

“You have 25 million people in the country that can now access online gambling in the near future,” he said. “The bill also legalized online lotteries, which is another component of the RAWA Act that Adelson has been pushing, and that’s the sixth state to do that, and that’s about 60 million people who will have access to online lotteries.”

Las Vegas Sun – Jul. 1, 2015

Congressional push to ban online gaming gains prominence with Rubio

The Online Poker Report, an industry website that monitors the regulated Internet poker industry, spelled out several other obstacles after Graham introduced his bill. Those include previously expressed opposition from influential conservative groups, as well as the fact that an election year makes “a controversial bill dealing with gambling, the Internet and states’ rights” unlikely to come to a vote,” publisher Chris Grove said.

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