Mark Balestra Article Archive

Mark Balestra has contributed 216 articles published on the iGaming News site.
Carruthers Could Get up to 33 Months, Sentencing Hearing Scheduled for October (1 April 2009)
A 45-minute hearing Wednesday in St. Louis set the groundwork for capping former BetonSports Chief Executive David Carruthers' three-year battle versus the United States Department of Justice.
A Closer Look at the Proposed UIGEA Regs (9 November 2008)
With the proposed regulations for the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act nearing finalization, IGamingNews understands these regulations remain unchanged from the original proposal issued in October 2007. Herein, IGN revisits the initial reactions of our publisher, Mark Balestra, to that proposal.
The Best and Worst of 2007 (11 January 2008)
Awards that don't matter.
A Glance at 2008 (11 January 2008)
News Items to Watch for in 2008.
A Conversation with David Carruthers (7 December 2007)
No one would dispute that most people have it better than David Carruthers right now, but Carruthers himself is the first to point out that a lot of people have it worse. Eighteen months into his forced stay in St. Louis, the former BetOnSports CEO is making the best of an unfortunate situation.
US House Committee Hears Testimony on Frank Bil (9 June 2007)
The U.S. House of Representatives got its first opportunity on Friday to hear arguments for and against the Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act, Rep. Barney Frank's, D-Mass., bill to regulate Internet gambling in the United States. Six of the witnesses--four of them in favor of the bill, and two against it--also submitted written testimony to the House Financial Services Committee.
Washington: The Mood Turns toward Regulation (9 June 2007)
Less than eight months after the enactment of a federal law prohibiting the funding of most types of Internet gambling in the United States, an industry in mourning has reason for optimism: With the introduction of two I-gaming-related bills Thursday in the House of Representatives, federal legislators are now considering four pieces of legislation that could ultimately lead to the regulation of some or all forms remote gambling.
Five Reasons Why the Frank Bill Will Succeed, Five Reasons Why It Will Fai (27 April 2007)
It took proponents of I-gaming prohibition 11 years to get their bill passed into law, so surely one shouldn't expect Barney Frank's new regulatory bill to reach the President's desk in the near future (if at all), right? You never know.
Q & A: Barney Frank (26 April 2007)
U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, R-Mass., chats with IGN about his new bill to regulate Internet gambling in the United States.
From the Editor's Chair - v22 (15 March 2007)
The Chair hasn't been occupied for 26 months, but a day in exile (due to a plumbing situation at the office that has left the editorial department's working stations in a state of putrefaction) has resulted in a handful of reflections worth editorializing. The latest from the chair: assessments of the PPA's effectiveness, Barney Frank's mission and the Placanica ruling, as well as observations made during PCIG in Macau.
Macau Considers I-Gaming Regulation (27 February 2007)
The Best and Worst of 2006 (30 January 2007)
A Glance at 2007 (30 January 2007)
Interactive Gambling - 2006 and Beyond (30 January 2007)
Top Stories of 2006 (30 January 2007)
Tew: Much Attrition - IGN's Take (1 December 2006)
Identity Crisis - Skill Games Industry Searches for Itself (17 November 2006)
Editorial: The Mighty Gap (23 October 2006)
The First Dance - An Account of Four Days in Macau (20 March 2006)
A Glance at 2006 (13 January 2006)
The Best and Worst of 2005 (13 January 2006)
Interactive Gambling - 2005 and Beyond (13 January 2006)
Top Stories of 2005 (13 January 2006)
Now What? (5 October 2005)
The Biggest Thing There Ever Was (15 July 2005)
From the Editor's Chair - v22 (25 January 2005)
Top Stories of 2004 (7 January 2005)
Interactive Gambling - 2004 and Beyond (7 January 2005)
The Best and Worst of 2004 (7 January 2005)
A Look Back at 2004 (7 January 2005)
A Glance at 2005 (7 January 2005)
From the Editor's Chair - v21 (17 December 2004)
From the Editor's Chair - v20.2 (22 November 2004)
From the Editor's Chair - v20.1 (18 November 2004)
From the Editor's Chair - v20 (16 November 2004)
From the Editor's Chair - v19 (31 August 2004)
From the Editor's Chair - v18 (18 August 2004)
From the Editor's Chair - v17 (26 July 2004)
From the Editor's Chair - v16 (29 June 2004)
From the Editor's Chair - v15 (9 June 2004)
From the Editor's Chair - v14 (13 April 2004)
From the Editor's Chair - v13 (26 March 2004)
From the Editor's Chair - v12 (22 March 2004)
iTV Betting Could Be Huge Down Under, But. . . (16 March 2004)
Will the DCITA Act on the Act? (5 March 2004)
From the Editor's Chair - v11 (5 February 2004)
From the Editor's Chair - v10 (28 January 2004)
From the Editor's Chair - v9 (9 January 2004)
Top Stories of 2003 (2 January 2004)
The Best and Worst of 2003 (2 January 2004)
A Glance at 2004 (2 January 2004)
Interactive Gambling: 2003 and Beyond (2 January 2004)
From the Editor's Chair - v8 (19 December 2003)
A Call to Action in the US Advertising Crisis (9 December 2003)
From the Editor's Chair - v7 (24 November 2003)
From the Editor's Chair - v6 (12 November 2003)
From the Editor's Chair - v5 (4 November 2003)
From the Editor's Chair - v4 (27 October 2003)
From the Editor's Chair - v3 (20 October 2003)
From the Editor's Chair - v2 (13 October 2003)
From the Editor's Chair - v1 (6 October 2003)
Editorial: Dispelling the Border-Control Myth (26 June 2003)
Editorial: The Implications of 'Jager-gate' (14 March 2003)
Interactive Gambling: 2002 and Beyond (31 December 2002)
Top Stories of 2002 (31 December 2002)
A Glance at 2003 (31 December 2002)
Q & A: Michael Frendo, Gatt Frendo Tufigno, Advocates (7 November 2002)
Malta Passes I-Gaming Regulations (14 October 2002)
A Very Soft Launch for MGM Mirage (27 September 2002)
Daily Nambling Notes - August 2, 2002 (2 August 2002)
Q & A: Con Kafataris, SportOdds (11 July 2002)
Daily Nambling Notes - July 5, 2002 (5 July 2002)
Asia Calling (1 July 2002)
Editorial: Thank You Sir, May I Have Another? (17 June 2002)
Nambling Notes - May 31, 2002 (31 May 2002)
Nambling Notes - May 24, 2002 (24 May 2002)
Editorial: Australia Is Still Upside-Down (13 February 2002)
Editorial: The Best and Worst of 2001 (16 January 2002)
A Look Back at 2001 (July - December) (31 December 2001)
Interactive Gambling: 2001 and Beyond (31 December 2001)
A Look Back at 2001 (January - June) (31 December 2001)
A Glance at 2002 (31 December 2001)
Top Stories of 2001 (31 December 2001)
Nambling Notes - Dec. 7, 2001 (7 December 2001)
Nambling Notes - Nov. 30, 2001 (30 November 2001)
Nambling Notes - Nov. 16, 2001 (16 November 2001)
Nambling Notes - Nov. 2, 2001 (2 November 2001)
Nambling Notes - Oct. 26, 2001 (26 October 2001)
Nambling Notes - Oct. 19, 2001 (19 October 2001)
Nambling Notes - Oct 12, 2001 (12 October 2001)
Playboy Shows Vegas How It's Done (28 September 2001)
Decisions Could Come Soon in Holland (19 September 2001)
Nambling Notes - Aug 17, 2001 (17 August 2001)
Nambling Notes - Jul 13, 2001 (13 July 2001)
Nambling Notes - Aug 6, 2001 (6 July 2001)
Nambling Notes - June 29, 2001 (29 June 2001)
Nambling Notes - June 11, 2001 (11 June 2001)
Nambling Notes - June 1, 2001 (1 June 2001)
Nambling Notes - May 25, 2001 (25 May 2001)
Nambling Notes - May 18, 2001 (18 May 2001)
Nambling Notes - May 11, 2001 (11 May 2001)
Editorial: A Beautiful Day for Oregonian Bettors (30 April 2001)
Nambling Notes - March 23, 2001 (23 March 2001)
Nambling Notes - March 16, 2001 (16 March 2001)
Nambling Notes - Mar 9, 2001 (9 March 2001)
Go Time in Nevada (7 March 2001)
Nambling Notes - Feb 2, 2000 (2 February 2001)
Nambling Notes - Jan 26, 2000 (26 January 2001)
New Jersey: Ready or Not, Here it Comes (19 January 2001)
Nambling Notes - Jan 19, 2000 (19 January 2001)
Q & A: Darold Parken (12 January 2001)
Nambling Notes - Jan 5, 2001 (5 January 2001)
A Look Back at 2000 (January - June) (31 December 2000)
A Glance at 2001 (31 December 2000)
Interactive Gambling: 2000 and Beyond (31 December 2000)
A Look Back at 2000 (July - December) (31 December 2000)
Nambling Notes - Dec 22, 2000 (22 December 2000)
Nambling Notes - Dec 8, 2000 (8 December 2000)
Nambling Notes - Nov 24, 2000 (24 November 2000)
Nambling Notes - Nov 17, 2000 (17 November 2000)
Financial Institutions Deliver a Crushing Blow to the Net Betting Biz (17 November 2000)
Nambling Notes - Nov 10, 2000 (10 November 2000)
Reprisal for Reggie? (28 October 2000)
Nambling Notes - Oct 27, 2000 (27 October 2000)
Nambling Notes - Oct 20, 2000 (20 October 2000)
Nambling Notes - Oct 13, 2000 (13 October 2000)
Nambling Notes - Oct 6, 2000 (6 October 2000)
Nambling Notes - Sep 29, 2000 (29 September 2000)
Nambling Notes - Sep 22, 2000 (22 September 2000)
Nambling Notes - Sep 15, 2000 (15 September 2000)
A New, Improved Moratorium? (31 August 2000)
Nambling Notes - Aug 18, 2000 (18 August 2000)
Australia Inches Closer to a Ban (16 August 2000)
Nambling Notes - Jul 21, 2000 (21 July 2000)
What's Next for 3125? (18 July 2000)
Goodlatte Opts to Pass Pari-mutuel Ordeal to the Courts (12 July 2000)
Complaint Against AWI Could Be Resolved by Late July (18 June 2000)
Nambling Notes - June 2, 2000 (2 June 2000)
Nambling Notes - May 19, 2000 (19 May 2000)
New Jersey Opens the Forbidden Door (16 May 2000)
Nambling Notes - May 12, 2000 (12 May 2000)
Prodigy Decision Bodes Well for ISPs (2 May 2000)
New Jersey Account Wagering Bill Encompasses Net Betting (5 April 2000)
A Radical Idea in New Jersey (5 April 2000)
Nambling Notes - Mar 31, 2000 (31 March 2000)
Michigan Anti-Net Betting Ads Are off the Mark (27 March 2000)
Prohibition Effort Faces Continued Adversity (26 March 2000)
Nambling Notes - Mar. 24, 2000 (24 March 2000)
Louisiana Goes for It (22 March 2000)
Two Cents (and then some) from the Australian Senate (16 March 2000)
Dear Mr. Progress, Meet Mr. Brick Wal (15 March 2000)
What Does the Cohen Verdict Mean to the Net Betting Industry? (13 March 2000)
Virginia Judge Gives U.S. Jurisdiction over Entire World (8 March 2000)
A Push for Legalization (1 March 2000)
Did Jay Cohen Receive a Fair Trial? (1 March 2000)
Prohibition Lurks Again in California (28 February 2000)
The Jay Cohen Trial - Day Nine (25 February 2000)
The Jay Cohen Trial - Day Eight (24 February 2000)
The Jay Cohen Trial - Day Seven (23 February 2000)
The Jay Cohen Trial - Day Six (22 February 2000)
An IGN Q & A: Tony McAuslan (Part 2) (19 February 2000)
The Jay Cohen Trial - Day Five (18 February 2000)
The Jay Cohen Trial - Day Four (17 February 2000)
The Jay Cohen Trial - Day Three (16 February 2000)
The Jay Cohen Trial - Day Two (15 February 2000)
An IGN Q & A: Tony McAuslan (Part 1) (14 February 2000)
Nambling Notes - Feb. 11, 2000 (11 February 2000)
Nambling Notes - Feb. 4, 2000 (4 February 2000)
MGM Grand's Lanni Joins Youbet.com (4 February 2000)
A New Hub for Net Betting Prosecutions? (3 February 2000)
An IGN Q & A: Michael Jackson (30 January 2000)
An Assessment of Michigan Law (20 January 2000)
Michigan Passes Net Betting Act (18 January 2000)
Nambling Notes - Jan. 7, 2000 (7 January 2000)
An IGN Q & A: Mark Blandford (Part 2) (7 January 2000)
An IGN Q & A: Mark Blandford (Part 1) (31 December 1999)
Interactive Gambling: 1999 and Beyond (30 December 1999)
A Look Back at 1999 (January - June) (28 December 1999)
A Look Back at 1999 (July - December) (28 December 1999)
A Glance at 2000 (28 December 1999)
Nambling Notes - Dec. 24, 1999 (24 December 1999)
Will Credit Betting Survive? (21 December 1999)
Far Beyond Ridiculous (21 December 1999)
The Ugly Details Behind the AWI 'Sting' (20 December 1999)
Nice Month for a Squat (10 December 1999)
Nambling Notes - Dec. 10, 1999 (10 December 1999)
Nambling Notes - Dec. 6, 1999 (6 December 1999)
Nambling Notes - Nov. 19, 1999 (19 November 1999)
Visa Bows to Haines (15 October 1999)
Visa Issues Statement on Haines Settlement (15 October 1999)
Nambling Notes - Oct. 15, 1999 (15 October 1999)
Next in Line: Youbet.com (15 October 1999)
A New Crusade Against Net Betting Is Hatched in Minnesota (13 October 1999)
Nambling Notes - 1 October 1999 (1 October 1999)
U.S.-Based Live Wagering Returns to the Web (1 October 1999)
Nambling Notes - Sept. 24, 1999 (24 September 1999)
MIT Has Answers (23 September 1999)
Could Net Betting Save the NHL? (22 September 1999)
Nambling Notes - Sept. 18, 1999 (18 September 1999)
CNN Pours Gasoline on ASF Fire (17 September 1999)
Mohawks Spring Into Action (16 September 1999)
Nambling Notes - Sept. 10, 1999 (10 September 1999)
Nambling Notes - Sept. 3, 1999 (3 September 1999)
An IGN Q & A: Bryan Frost (Part 2) (16 August 1999)
An IGN Q & A: Bryan Frost (Part 1) (9 August 1999)
Opportunity Knocks off the Coast of Africa (4 August 1999)
Las Vegas Casino and Starnet Come to Blows (27 July 1999)
Antigua Strives to Remain No. 1 (22 July 1999)
From the Files of U.S. District Court (14 June 1999)
The Name Game (1 June 1999)
A Roadblock in Kansas (25 May 1999)
GalaxiWorld Enters the WebTV Frontier (21 May 1999)
NJ Kid Runs up a $3.2 Million Tab on the Net (28 April 1999)
Bizarro Kyl? (5 April 1999)
A Recipe for Success? (7 March 1999)
Precedence Brewing in Texas? (20 November 1998)

Mark Balestra

Mark Balestra is the Managing Director at BolaVerde Media Group. He previously worked at Clarion Gaming and the River City Group where he was the publisher of iGamingNews. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri.