New York's Online Poker Legislation Now In Doubt

Published Wednesday, June 07, 2017 -
New York's Online Poker Legislation Now In Doubt

Online gambling is going through massive changes in the USA ever since the Department of Justice in 2011 declared online poker acceptable and legal when the Online poker in the United States is a topic that generates a great deal of conflicting information government unsealed indictments against Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars.  PokerStars eventually reached a settlement with the US that resulted in Stars acquiring the assets of Full Tilt Poker and the suspension of charges against both companies with no wrongdoing admitted. There are no federal laws that prohibit US players from having an online poker accounts and playing for real money online.  State law however creates a different scenario with outdated gambling laws that fail to directly address the inclusion of online poker sites in the USA.

Amaya’s PokerStars is still in the news as the Empire State of New York works at creating an online poker friendly environment for its citizens. New Jersey has regulated online gambling and it neighbour New York is making its way towards passing legislation to legalize online poker but with a few different elements. PokerStars is expected to be excluded from being involved in the market there.  So called “bad actor” terminology has now been added to Senate Bill 3898 that deems any operator that did not comply with the UIGEA after December 31, 2006 will be not able to apply for a potential internet poker license in New York.

Sen. John Bonacic who initiated the Bill had a spokesperson state, “Senator Bonacic amended the online poker bill to provide the Gaming Commission with the opportunity to take into consideration an applicant’s prior bad acts in relation to determining suitability for a license. He is committed to moving the bill forward and looking forward to working with his colleagues in the Senate and Assembly to do so.”





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