Legal Online Poker Possible In the Empire State

Published Thursday, May 11, 2017 -
Legal Online Poker Possible In the Empire State

The issue of legality for the online gambling industry in the many US jurisdictions is changing rapidly as numerous states such as New York, South Carolina and others are making efforts to expand their respective gambling markets by introducing online betting. Legislative bills pertaining to gambling rules to include internet betting have been introduced in both New York State and tourist oriented South Carolina known as The Palmetto State.

Massachusetts has also come into the modern age of wagering with its announcement by State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg that the government there plans to introduce legislation and studies on internet gambling. Goldberg said in January “Between the impending arrival of [Massachusetts] casinos, increasing competition from daily fantasy sports, the overall shift to online versus point-of-sale transactions, and our ageing lottery demographic, we have no choice but to pursue new solutions,”

It appears after the press release of May 11th the Empire State New York has made a giant leap in efforts to legalised online poker after a bill that would do just that advanced to the Senate. It was reported that the New York Senate Finance Committee this week passed Sen. John Bonacic's Online Poker Bill S 3898 by a positive vote of twenty seven to nine. The Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee also approved the bill in a unanimous vote.

Poker players in the State of New York are delighted with the results but will probably have to wait a bit longer because as with all legal issue they take time. The amendments to this particular legislation include proposals to classify some types of poker games, as skill and make them legal online in the state. Ten operators will be offered a license for the New York online poker market. Intestate gambling compacts for legalised online poker is also part of the bill.


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