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Matthew Kredell

Matthew Kredell

Matthew Kredell is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles. He was a sportswriter at the L.A. Daily News when a friend got him into playing small-stakes poker in home games and online in 2004. After the passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act disrupted his hobby, he was motivated to report on the burgeoning effort to license and regulate online poker. Bringing a journalistic background to poker writing, Matt started as a contributor for BLUFF Magazine early in 2008, then moved to PokerNews to cover the political/legislative beat in August of 2009. He has secured interviews with four U.S. Congressmen, eight state legislators and former New Mexico governor/2012 presidential candidate Gary Johnson. He also has written for publications such as Playboy Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine and ESPN.com. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a BA in journalism in 2001.

Matthew Kredell Articles

2017 March
California Online Poker Bill Will Try to Tackle Suitability Again
Pennsylvania Bill Could Fill Budget with Online Gaming
Graham, Sessions Give Internet Gaming a Chance to React
NJ Senator Responds to Jeff Sessions’ Potential Threat to Online Gaming
U.S. Online Gambling Progress Carries Over into 2017
Online Gambling in the U.S. in 2016: The Battle Isn't Over
2016 October
The 2016 Presidential Election May Not Affect Online Poker
Pennsylvania Senate and House Butt Heads Over Internet Poker
House Gaming Oversight Committee Rushes to Fix Pennsylvania's Gaming Act
Dreams of a California Online Poker Bill Passing in 2016 Are Dead
Rep. Payne Says Online Poker On Track in Pennsylvania, iGaming and Fantasy Not Issues
PA Rep. John Payne Says State Budget Will Be Done By July 4, Hopefully with iGaming
Cali iPoker Bill Opponents Call for 10-Year Ban and $60 Million Fine for PokerStars
NY Sen. John Bonacic Confused About Assemb. Gary Pretlow Saying Poker Not a Skill Game
Pennsylvania Online Gambling Bill Passes Full House Vote
Online Poker Gets Boost in Pennsylvania, Passing House Vote with Tie To DFS Bill
California Online Poker Bill Passed By Appropriations Committee, Now To Assembly Floor
NY Assemblyman Pretlow Says Online Poker Bill Didn't Pass Because Not a Game of Skill
Amendments To California Online Poker Bill Include New Bad Actor Date
Pennsylvania Online Poker Bill Hoping To Be Attached To DFS Bill for Vote This Week
Things Need To Get Ugly Tonight for Online Poker To Pass in New York
Setback in California: Vote for Online Poker Bill Postponed
Proposed Amendments To California Online Poker Bill Show Compromise in the Works
California Online Poker Bill Passes GO Committee with Unanimous Vote
What To Expect From Today's Online Poker Bill Hearing in California
Cali Horse Racing Industry Pledges Support of Online Poker Bill AB 2863 Via Letter
California Assemblyman Adam Gray: "I Don't Anticipate the $60 Million Figure Changing"
$57M Stipend to Horse Racing Industry Floated for Online Poker; Tracks Seem Open-Minded
Assemblyman Mike Gatto Gives Online Poker in California Less Than 10% of a Chance
Third Time's a Charm: After An Unproductive Two Years, Will 2016 Bring More Online Poker?
2015 December
2015 Online Poker Legislative Recap: Was an Uneventful Year Necessarily a Bad Thing?
Wednesday's RAWA Hearing Goes Down As Big Win for Online Gaming Proponents
Pennsylvania iPoker Moving in Right Direction: Online Gaming Bill Passes GO Committee
New Jersey State Sen. Ray Lesniak Says PokerStars' Approval "Huge for Atlantic City"
California Legislative Session Closes with No Online Poker in 2015
Is Online Poker Coming to New York? It Seems Operators Are Interested
Online Poker Proponent Sen. Ray Lesniak to Run for Governor of New Jersey
Online Poker Pulled from California Hearing; Horse Racing Tracks Adverse to Compromise
Compromise Could Be Coming Soon in Battle for Online Poker in California
Pennsylvania Shows Big Promise Towards Regulated Online Poker
Not Much iPoker Progress Made at Wednesday's California Informational Hearing
Is an iPoker Breakthrough in Store for Wednesday's California Informational Hearing?
Positive Step: California Online Poker Bill AB 431 Passes GO Committee
Pennsylvania Hearing Provides Positive, Insightful Testimony in Favor of Online Gaming
PPA Reaction To RAWA Hearing and Thoughts Going Forward
Fear-Mongering Testimony Overshadows Facts at Internet Gambling Ban Hearing
Poker Community Strengthens Defense During RAWA Delay; Hearing Set for Wednesday
Understanding the Witness List for Thursday's Congressional Hearing on RAWA
Several Factors Could Stall California's Internet Poker Legislation Until 2017
Hall, Gray Introduce New Online Poker Legislation in California
State Sen. Lesniak: Adelson, Gov. Christie Delaying PokerStars' Entrance into New Jersey
Online Poker Legislation Dies in Mississippi Again
Online Poker Legislation Reintroduced in California -- With Big Changes
California Lawmaker Mike Gatto Keeping an Open Mind with Internet Poker
California Assemblyman Amends Online Poker Bill, Removes In-Person Registration Requirement
Will Online Poker Spread Through U.S. in 2015?
2014 December
2014 Year in Review: Online Poker Legislation in the U.S.
Adelson-Backed Internet Gambling Ban Fails During Lame-Duck Session
PPA Continues to Guard Against Possible iGaming Ban During Congress' Lame Duck Session
Poker Players Alliance Reacts to New California Online Poker Legislation
Exclusive: Assemblyman Mike Gatto Discusses New Online Poker Legislation in California
PPA Releases List of Lawmaker "Jokers" Leading Into Tuesday's Midterm Elections
Poker Players Alliance to Fight Against Poker-Only Carve-Out in U.S. Federal Bill
California Tribes and Horse Tracks Making Progress Toward Online Poker Bill
New Jersey State Sen. Ray Lesniak: PokerStars Approval in NJ Only Weeks Away
California Assemblyman on Internet Poker: "We Have To Be Patient So We Get This Right"
Two California Online Poker Bills Shelved for 2014; New Bill to be Introduced in December
Could Disallowing Participation of Horse Racing Tracks Stop California Online Poker?
25 California Card Rooms Issue Letter Supporting Internet Poker Legislation
Lesniak: New Jersey Needs PokerStars to Boost Internet Gambling
California Tribes Still Divided on Internet Poker Legislation Involving PokerStars
Is Pennsylvania Ready to Move Forward with Internet Gambling?
Pennsylvania to Hold Online Gambling Hearing on Tuesday, June 3
American Gaming Association Withdraws Support of Internet Gambling
Pennsylvania State Sen. Kim Ward Now Supports Bringing Online Gambling to the State
PokerStars Inks Online Poker Partnership in California
33 Witnesses Scheduled for Wednesday's Online Poker Hearing in California
Mississippi Orders Unusual Study on Internet Gambling
PokerNews Feature: The Future of Online Poker in the U.S. -- Is Your State Next?
California Reacts to Sen. Feinstein's Support of Online Gambling Ban
PokerStars To Continue Partnership Negotiations with California Card Rooms
Graham, Chaffetz Introduce Bills to Ban Online Poker in U.S.
Democratic Battle Lines Form as Adelson's Anti-Web Gambling Bill Nears
Sheldon Adelson's Anti-Internet Gambling Bill Could Be Introduced Next Week
Pro-Internet Gambling Coalition Increases Efforts to Combat Adelson
California Assemblyman: Still a Chance for Online Poker in 2014
New Jersey Misses Out on Internet Gambling Partner; Senator Lesniak Disappointed
U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Poker Case
U.S. Supreme Court to Review Legality of Poker Home Games
Sheldon Adelson Losing Early Battles of Anti-Internet Gambling Campaign
PPA "Working Overtime" to Prevent Sheldon Adelson's Latest Anti-Online Poker Push
Focus of Efforts for U.S. Online Poker Is More About Defense Than Offense in 2014
Year in Review: 2013 Online Poker Legislation in the U.S.
2013 December
PPA's Pappas Pleased with iGaming Congressional Hearing, But Adelson "Not Going Away"
Witnesses Selected for U.S. Congressional Online Gaming Hearing on Dec. 10
New Jersey Sen. Lesniak Fights Back Against Adelson's Anti-Web Gambling Campaign
State Senator Ray Lesniak Likes PokerStars' Chances in New Jersey
PPA's John Pappas Pleased With iGaming Regulations in New Jersey
New Jersey's iGaming Launch Date Confirmed; Lesniak Expects Internet Gaming Dynasty
U.S. Appeals Court Overrules Decision in Lawrence DiCristina Poker Case
Internet Gambling Compared to Pornography During U.S. Senate Subcommittee Hearing
Rep. Joe Barton: U.S. Federal Online Poker Legislation Not Far Away
Poker Players Alliance: Adelson's Anti-Online Poker Comments are a Slap in the Face
Lawrence DiCristina's Poker Case Heard in U.S. Appeals Court
Federal Online Poker Bill Introduced in U.S. Congress
New Jersey Moving Forward with Online Gambling Regulations
Lesniak: PokerStars License in Hands of New Jersey Gaming Officials, Not Legislature
Update On Government's Appeal in Lawrence DiCristina Case
Online Poker Needing More Support in New York State
New Jersey Likely to Influence Other States to Legalize Online Poker
New Jersey Becomes Third U.S. State to Legalize Online Poker
American Gaming Association's Frank Fahrenkopf Comments On Federal Online Poker Bill
Washington State Online Poker Bill Dies in Committee
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Conditionally Vetoes Online Gambling Bill
Poker Players Alliance Pessimistic About New Jersey Internet Gambling Bill
Lesniak: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is "Clueless" About Online Gambling
State Sen. Lesniak Says PokerStars-Atlantic Club Deal Is Good for New Jersey
Online Poker Lobbyists Will Shift Focus from Federal to State-by-State Platform in 2013
2012 Legislative Year in Review
2012 December
New Jersey Senate Passes Internet Gambling Bill With a 33-3 Vote
New Jersey's Online Gambling Bill Passed by State Assembly
Report: Efforts to Pass U.S. Federal Online Poker Bill in 2012 Expire
Online Poker Bill Looking To Hitch a Ride During Final Weeks of Lame-Duck Session
New Jersey Looking To Pass Bill Before Year End
What are Online Poker's Chances During the Congressional Lame-Duck Session?
John Pappas Says U.S. FTP Player Remission Process Won't be a "Speedy Process"
Presidential Election Could Largely Influence Internet Poker Legislation in U.S.
Poker Players Alliance Prepping Letter Detailing Concerns for Reid-Kyl Online Poker Bill
Opinion: Matthew Kredell Analyzes State Versus Federal Online Poker Legislation
Poker Players Alliance Reacts to Summary Text of Reid-Kyl Internet Gambling Bill
Summary Text of Reid-Kyl Internet Gambling Bill Goes Public
Poker Players Alliance Releases Congressional Ratings Guide; Decline in Poker Opponents
2012 GOP Platform Includes Clause That Seeks to Prohibit Internet Poker
NY Judge Rules Poker is a Game of Skill; Not Illegal Under Illegal Gambling Business Act
PokerStars Settlement: What Does it Mean for Online Poker Legislation in the U.S?
Discussion Draft of Internet Gaming Bill Released by Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
Could the Indian Tribes Be Preparing Their Own Federal Internet Poker Bill?
Delaware Becomes Second State to Authorize Online Poker
Online Poker Opponents Send Letters to Congressional Leaders Asking for Stricter Laws
Lesniak Says New Jersey Internet Gambling Bill Not Likely to be Voted on Until Fall
White House Responds to "We The People" Petition on Online Poker
Lesniak Concerned NJ Gov. Christie is Wavering Support for Internet Gambling Legislation
Exclusive: Barney Frank "Not Optimistic" an Online Poker Bill Will Pass in 2012
Lesniak Expects New Jersey's Internet Poker Bill to Reach Finish Line
Fraternal Order of the Police Supports Online Poker Regulation
Utah Gov Signs Anti-Online Gambling Bill; State Opts Out of Any Internet Poker Regulation
Despite Delay, Lesniak Expects Online Poker in New Jersey by September
Exclusive: Internet Gaming in New Jersey Expected by September
Republican Presidential Race Could Determine Fate of Online Poker Legislation
D.C. Council Member Michael A. Brown Likely to Reintroduce Online Poker Legislation
Senate Committee Hearing Focuses on What Wire Act Opinion Means for Indian Tribes
FairPlayUSA to Continue Push on Educating Public on Need for Online Poker Regulation
PPA Urges Poker Players to Send Questions to President Obama
Will Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Push Federal Online Poker Legislation in 2012?
MGM CEO James Murren: "Internet Gaming is Going to Pass in 2012"
Online Poker: What to Look for in 2012
2011 December
A Look at the Nevada Gaming Commission's Online Poker Regulations
No End-of-Year Fireworks for Federal Online Poker Legislation in the United States
Why Has Co-Sponsorship on Joe Barton's Internet Poker Bill Stalled?
Adelson Morally Opposes Internet Gambling; PPA Urges Players to Take Action
Exclusive Interview with Congressman Joe Barton
Internet Poker Hearings Give Reason for Optimism
PPA Chairman Al D'Amato Among Witnesses in This Week's Internet Poker Hearings
Senate and House to Hold Hearings on Internet Poker Next Week; D'Amato to Testify
Does PartyPoker's Withdrawal from the U.S. in 2006 Now Make Sense?
House Subcommittee Hearing Witnesses Speak Favorably for Online Poker
PPA Chairman Alfonse D'Amato Will Be Witness at Subcommittee Hearing on Internet Poker
Online Poker Petition Deadline Looms; Poker Players Alliance Urges Players to Sign
Poker Players Alliance Meets with DOJ Regarding Full Tilt Poker Player Funds
Online Poker Petition Reaches Goal; Poker Players Alliance Urges More Players to Sign
Department of Justice's Full Tilt Poker Allegation's Impact on Player Reimbursements
Members of the Poker Players Alliance Took Action During Congressional Recess
Gary Johnson Could Be Who Poker Players Need in Office
New Jersey State Sen. Raymond Lesniak Reintroduces Internet Gambling Bill
Debt Super Committee Could Hold Key to Online Poker Legislation
Time to Contact Your Representatives Regarding Barton's Internet Poker Bill
An In-Depth Look at FairPlayUSA
New Jersey State Sen. Lesniak Pens Letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
Reid, Kyl Pen Letter to Department of Justice Regarding Internet Poker
Civil Forfeiture Claim Deadline Looms for Online Poker Players
Presidential Candidate Openly Campaigning for Poker Player Vote
Rep. Joe Barton's Online Poker Bill Going Forward
Rep. Joe Barton Introduces Online Poker Act of 2011
Congressman Joe Barton to Announce the "Shuffle Up and Deal!" at WSOP on Saturday
Plans for Intrastate Online Poker in Washington, D.C.
Rich Muny Takes on New Role with Poker Players Alliance
Has Senator Jon Kyl Changed His Mind?
Poker Players Alliance D.C. Rally Coverage
Poker Players Alliance Organize D.C. Fly-In
Poker Players Alliance Plans Washington, D.C. Fly-In
U.S. Attorney General Talks Poker at DOJ Oversight Hearing
Black Friday: Reaction from the Poker Players Alliance
Black Friday: Who's to Blame?
Online Poker's Big Three Indicted (UPDATED 4/18 4:45 p.m. PDT)
A Closer Look at Online Poker's Black Friday
Nevada Bill AB 258 Passes Committee Altered
PPA Lobbies Washington Legislature
Online Poker Sites and Casinos Forming Alliances Sparks Hope for Federal Poker Legislation
South Point Hotel Owner Michael Gaughan Publicly Supports Legalizing Online Poker (UPDATED)
Poker Players Alliance to Hold Poker Lobbying Day Rally in Washington state
Nevada Considers Legalizing Internet Poker
A Look at the Impact the Veto of the New Jersey Internet Gambling Bill Could Have on Other State and Federal Efforts
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Vetoes Internet Gambling Bill
No Action Taken On New Jersey Internet Gambling Bill Yet
What Role Will the Poker Players Alliance Have Should New Jersey Pass Intrastate Internet Gambling Legislation
Poker Players Alliance to Have Large Presence at Conservative Political Action Conference
Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative Submits Letter to Congressman Issa Regarding Online Poker Legislation
California Intrastate Poker: Dorinson Changes Sides
What's Next For Online Poker in New Jersey
Legislation Passes in New Jersey to License and Regulate Online Poker
Online Poker Politics: Looking Forward at 2011
2010 December
Online Poker Legislation: The Year in Review
An Analysis of Harry Reid's Internet Poker Legislation in Retrospective
Harry Reid's Internet Poker Bill is Dead
Internet Poker Legislation Analysis: Why Poker Players are Better Off if Reid Bill Passes
Reid Pushing for Legalized Online Poker By the End of Next Week
California Following New Jersey's Online Gambling Legislation Footsteps
New Jersey Passes Online Gambling Legislation Through State Senate
House Financial Services Committee Chairman Not Set; Bachus Losing Steam
Poker Players Alliance Strengthening at State Level
What the Midterm Elections Mean for Online Poker
Poker Players Alliance Announces Congressional Candidates Endorsement List
Is Poker a Game of Skill Debate in South Carolina
Poker Players Alliance Looks to Repeal Washington State's Online Poker Ban
Revitalizing California's Potential Online Gaming Regulation
Markup Not Likely for McDermott's Internet Gambling Regulation and Tax Enforcement Act
Poker Players Alliance Rates Congress
Online Poker's Chances in Congress' Final Stretch of the Year
Poker in the News: Barney Frank on The Tonight Show and More
Poker Players Alliance Responds to Commerce Casino's Opposition on Online Gambling Legislation
Internet Gambling vs Focus on Family
An Update on Intrastate Online Poker in New Jersey
NFL Drops Opposition to Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection and Enforcement Act
Internet Gambling Legislation: What's Next
House Financial Services Committee Votes to Approve Barney Frank's Internet Gambling Legislation
Barney Frank's Internet Gambling Legislation Markup
Markup Scheduled for Frank's Internet Gambling Bill
A Look at Wednesday's House Financial Services Committee Hearing
House Financial Services Committee Meeting on Internet Gambling Wednesday
Redrafting the Online Poker Bill in California
California to Discuss Intrastate Internet Poker Legislation on Tuesday
UIGEA: A Month Later
Online Poker Legislation: The State Race
UIGEA Goes into Full Effect
Kyl Derails Poker Player Alliance's Petition
Initial Reactions From House Ways and Means Committee Hearing
Ways and Means Hearing Set on Internet Gambling Set for Wednesday
Poker Players Alliance Petitions Timothy Geithner and Ben Bernanke (UPDATED)
Internet Gambling Regulation and Tax Enforcement Act Hearing Soon
Online Poker Legislation Looking Possible for New Jersey
Analyzing Full Tilt Poker's Legal Woes
Tzvetkoff Arrest is First Linked to UIGEA
Legal Update: Massachusetts Bill to be Changed and Movement in Kentucky Poker Domain Seizure Case
Barney Frank Schedules Hearing to Discuss Internet Gambling Legislation (UPDATE)
Legal Update: A Massachusetts Bill, iMEGA and the Kentucky Supreme Court, and More
Internet Gambling Regulation and Tax Enforcement Act Reintroduced
IMEGA Refiles With the Kentucky Court of Appeals
Poker Players Alliance Plans for the UIGEA
Kentucky Supreme Court Seizure Ruling
No More Delays for the UIGEA
Poker and the NFL
Bipartisan Tax Fairness and Simplification Act Analysis
Identifying Poker as a Game of Skill in Massachusetts
Bipartisan Tax Fairness and Simplification Act to Regulate Internet Gambling?
Is Harry Reid Online Poker's Newest Supporter?
Will Intra-State Poker Be Coming to California?
California Senate Committee Holds Intrastate Poker Hearing
The Impact of New Jersey's Potential Legislation on Existing Online Poker Sites
Democratic Turmoil and What it Means for Poker
Sen. John Kyl Makes Power Play
Internet Poker Coming to New Jersey?
Kentucky's Domain Name Seizure Ruling Soon
A Look at What 2010 Holds for Online Poker Legislation
2009 December
A Look Back at Online Poker's Political Battles of 2009
Online Poker's Newest Supporter
An Unlikely Bond; Online Poker and Horse Racing
House Financial Services Committee: Key Issues
House Financial Services Committee Holds First Hearing
Preview of Dec. 3 Committee Hearing
Poker Players Alliance Thrilled With UIGEA Extension
UIGEA Delayed
Six Kentucky Congressmen Support Pushing UIGEA Deadline Back One Year
Poker Players Alliance Still Confident in Geithner
Bump in the Road for Online Poker
Online Poker is Winning the Media Battle
Should Poker Put the Skill-Game Issue Aside?
Federally Regulated Online Gaming May Take Years to Materialize
Poker Player Alliance Files Petition to Delay UIGEA Compliance
What the Future Could Look Like for Online Poker
A New Strategy for the Poker Players Alliance
Online Poker is Prepared For a Fight
A Closer Look at the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling
An Important Few Months for Online Poker Legislation
Banks Prepping for December
The Fight to Legalize Online Poker in United States Continues
IMEGA Hopeful for UIGEA to be Overturned
A Closer Look into the Internet Poker and Games of Skill Regulation, Protection and Enforcement Act