As the battles for online poker continue on, there are some that have been won and some that have been lost. Currently 4 states have active online poker bills: California, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Texas.
However, this isn’t to say online poker is legal in these states yet, in fact Texas may never see online poker again. It seems the bills never get going, and end up stalling in committee.
Pennsylvania is set to have legislation introduced, while Hawaii, Iowa, Mississippi, and New York all share abandoned or otherwise stalled legislation. There is good news to report however. Delaware, New Jersey, and Nevada have all passed legislation. Delaware has been making steady progress towards making online gambling legal, with over a dozen license applications and pushing for a launch in late September.
New Jersey is aggressively moving in the right direction by developing and releasing regulations that would allow operators to apply for licenses and offer online gambling to New Jersey residents.
Nevada has obviously made the most headway by hiring and marketing at Caesars, Ultimate Poker, and other major Nevada operators. WSOP.com has become the first major site to solicit beta-testers for real-money online poker software in Nevada, and Ultimate Poker has announced the signing of Antonio Esfandiari.
There is support from politicians and it is gaining momentum. House Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts works diligently to overturn the UIGEA, while New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez publicly announced his support.
To put a definitive date when online poker will be legal again in the US is not an exact science, while some states are clearly making headway, other states are moving slowly introducing legislation. It’s going to be a battle, but one that isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon.
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