Vin Narayanan Article Archive

Vin Narayanan has contributed 92 articles published on the iGaming News site.
Proponents of online gambling ban serve "demon rum" at House hearing (26 March 2015)
Two simple words uttered by Rep. Ted Poe (R-Tex.) perfectly summed up the farcical testimony offered by proponents of federal legislation to ban online gaming in front the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations on Wednesday.
Attorney: California real-money online poker site legal (23 July 2014)
Gaming attorney Martin Owens represents the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel and believes its proposed real-money online poker website for California residents,, is legal and should survive any legal challenge.
PokerStars acquisition not a game-changer -- yet (16 June 2014)
Amaya Gaming's $4.9 billion purchase of PokerStars and Full Tilt ends an interesting chapter in online poker history. But its impact on the future is still an unknown quantity. Casino City's Vin Narayanan looks at what led to the acquisition and the questions that still need answering.
Delaware to go live with online gambling on Oct. 31 (24 October 2013)
Delaware will launch real-money online gaming on Oct. 31. The Halloween treat for casino players was confirmed Tuesday at the World Regulatory Briefing in Philadelphia by Dover Downs Hotel and Casino President and CEO Ed Sutor.
Top-10 observations from GiGSE (29 April 2013)
The land-based and online gaming worlds converged at the Global iGaming Summit & Expo (GiGse) last week to discuss the future of the online gaming industry in the U.S. Vin Narayanan offers 10 key storylines that emerged from the conference.
Foxwoods reaches online gaming deal (22 April 2013)
The owner of North America's largest casino, Foxwoods Resort Casino, has agreed to work with the GameAccount Network to deliver online gaming solutions to the U.S. market, Casino City has learned.
Full Tilt Poker affiliates won't get paid (16 October 2012)
Full Tilt Poker affiliates received a letter this week letting them know they wouldn't receive past commissions due and affiliate revenue in their player accounts would not be paid out.
Does it matter that a judge thinks there's skill in poker? (22 August 2012)
Casino City's Vin Narayanan assesses the impact of a federal judge ruling this week that poker is more a game of skill than a game of chance.
PokerStars settles with DOJ, buys Full Tilt Poker (31 July 2012)
PokerStars will pay the DOJ $547 million as part of a settlement agreement. Part of that money will be used to pay money owed to American players by Full Tilt Poker. American players owed money will have to apply to the DOJ for reimbursement.
Full Tilt's Ray Bitar in FBI custody (2 July 2012)
Full Tilt Poker CEO Ray Bitar was indicted on April 15, 2011, on charges of bank fraud, money laundering, illegal gambling offenses and violating the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA).
Delaware Senate OKs online gambling (27 June 2012)
New Jersey Senate committee passes online gambling legislation (4 April 2012)
Top-10 ways the industry could screw up online gaming in the U.S. (9 January 2012)
U.S. DOJ reverses course, says intrastate online gambling is legal (23 December 2011)
Absolute Poker founder pleads guilty to bank fraud and money laundering (20 December 2011)
Top-10 reasons to visit the new Venetian sportsbook (19 December 2011)
Top-10 U.S. online gaming stories to watch in 2012 (12 December 2011)
Full Tilt Poker's gaming license revoked by Alderney (29 September 2011)
Full Tilt didn't violate license by commingling funds (21 September 2011)
Report: European investors agree to purchase Full Tilt (1 July 2011)
Top-10 storylines at GiGSE (23 May 2011)
DOJ indicts more online gambling operators, seizes (23 May 2011)
News analysis: DOJ has online poker figured out (16 April 2011)
DOJ indicts founders of three major U.S. online poker operators (15 April 2011)
Top-10 things that make you go "hmmmm" after the PokerStars/Wynn partnership (28 March 2011)
Drama surrounds veto of New Jersey online gambling bill (3 March 2011)
Kyl will not seek re-election in 2012 (10 February 2011)
GPWA among winners at iGB awards (2 February 2011)
News analysis: Presidential politics could affect New Jersey's online gambling legislation (11 January 2011)
New Jersey Legislature approves online gambling bill (10 January 2011)
Vin's 2011 gambling to-do list (10 January 2011)
The 'Naughty' Casino City Awards (23 December 2010)
Lesniak targeting Jan. 6 for passage of New Jersey's online gambling bill (15 December 2010)
Lots of questions, few answers in online poker draft legislation (8 December 2010)
Online gambling regulations a hot topic at G2E (24 November 2010)
N.J. Senate approves online gambling bill (22 November 2010)
G2E moving to October starting next year (31 August 2010)
Online gambling legislation gaining traction (26 August 2010)
Online gambling payment processor forfeits more than $13 million (18 August 2010)
Top-10 hurdles facing U.S. online gambling legislation (2 August 2010)
Online gambling regulations bill approved by House committee (28 July 2010)
Vote on California online gambling bill delayed (29 June 2010)
Online poker bill coming soon to California (14 May 2010)
Full Tilt subject of federal probe (6 April 2010)
Grand Prive leaves Microgaming platform (2 April 2010)
New analysis: California online poker faces many obstacles (10 February 2010)
Carruthers sentenced to 33 months in prison (8 January 2010)
Harrah's launches long-awaited online casino (4 December 2009)
Frank makes his case for UIGEA repeal in Congressional hearing (3 December 2009)
Frank schedules online gambling hearing for Dec. 3 (25 November 2009)
Make like a Vegas regular at The Gold Coast (23 November 2009)
Full Tilt circumvents Kentucky case (22 October 2009)
Case against UIGEA shot down by appeals court (2 September 2009)
BetOnSports founder Gary Kaplan reaches plea deal (14 August 2009)
Federal prosecutors file new charges in online gambling payment processor saga (6 August 2009)
Frank 'optimistic' repeal of UIGEA will pass (6 July 2009)
PPA says it will fight for money seized from payment processors (10 June 2009)
Minnesota drops bid to block online gambling sites (10 June 2009)
Frank, King introduce online gambling legislation (6 May 2009)
List of online gambling sites banned by Minnesota released (1 May 2009)
Minnesota orders block of online gambling sites (29 April 2009)
Frank to introduce online gambling bill next week (28 April 2009)
Draft of California online poker bill leaked (28 April 2009)
Obama brings hope, but the UIGEA is here to stay for now (22 January 2009)
Kentucky appeals court blocks seizure of online gambling domains (20 January 2009)
Banks given until Dec. 1, 2009 to comply with UIGEA (12 November 2008)
UltimateBet owner gets $15 million in settlement with Excapsa (6 November 2008)
Kentucky judge gives online gambling sites 30 days to block access (16 October 2008)
Ruling in Kentucky domains case expected next week (8 October 2008)
Senate bill that would regulate online poker introduced (1 October 2008)
Judge grants continuance in Kentucky domain case (26 September 2008)
Kentucky moves to seize 141 online gambling domains (24 September 2008)
Analysis: Sports leagues the key to UIGEA puzzle (17 September 2008)
House committee votes to clarify UIGEA (16 September 2008)
Republicans revive anti-Internet gambling provision in platform (27 August 2008)
IRS seizes more than $24 million from payment processors after two-year Bodog probe (31 July 2008)
Online gambling bill defeated (25 June 2008)
UltimateBet admits cheating occurred (30 May 2008)
Turkey arrests two Sportingbet employees (29 May 2008)
News analysis of Wednesday's hearing on UIGEA regulations (3 April 2008)
News analysis: Judge's ruling stacks odds against iMEGA (12 March 2008)
Draft UIGEA regulations under fire (5 March 2008)
U.K. court says poker is a game of chance (12 February 2008)
Antigua and Barbuda fail to make U.K. white list (16 January 2008)
News Analysis: Online gambling only real loser in WTO case (26 December 2007)
U.S. dodges major sanctions in WTO case (21 December 2007)
WTO ruling delayed (14 December 2007)
NETeller buys minority stake in Centricom (16 August 2007)
NETeller revenue drops 54% (25 July 2007)
NETeller strikes deal; will return U.S. money (18 July 2007)
Second NETeller co-founder pleads guilty (10 July 2007)
NETeller founders charged with money laundering (16 January 2007)

Vin Narayanan

Articles by Vin Narayanan Vin Narayanan is the former managing editor at Casino City and has been involved in the gaming industry for over a decade Vin is currently based in Hong Kong, where he runs his own consultant group and works as head of gaming and public relations for Mega Digital
Entertainment Group.

Before joining Casino City, Vin covered (not all at the same time) sports, politics and elections, wars, technology, celebrities and the Census for, USA WEEKEND and CNN.