A recent story on NPR about the future of tribal gaming’s involvement with online poker is further evidence that American online poker regulation may move fastest if handled through tribal gaming advocacy groups. Playing web-based poker in America is not impossible, though many states have strict laws against Internet gaming and many poker rooms now prevent registration from American customers.
According to Iowa’s Quad City Times, state legislators in Des Moines are discussing changes to state law to regulate online poker within the state’s borders. This news has been a long time coming. Why Iowa? The reasons why Iowa is set to be one of the first states to consider regulating and controlling online poker within state lines are complex.
Online poker players are in a bit of a frenzy. Part hype, part reality, the assumption that states are moving toward regulating online poker has resulted in thousands and thousands of words of speculation and insight, a million forum posts, and enough anticipatory sweat to float the Ark. If you haven’t already heard about the Department of Justice’s new attitude towards the ’61 Wire Act, you’re not reading enough poker news.
The fight for the legalisation of online poker in the US was dealt another blow yesterday when the Governor of New Jersey vetoed the state’s proposal to become the country’s first state to regulate online gambling.
It was hoped that the passing of such a bill would provide a much-needed boost to the area’s economy.
Since our report on the New Jersey online gambling bill a few weeks ago, things have moved on at quite a pace.
The bill, which is officially named S 490, was presented to the New Jersey Senate in January 2010 and was passed on November 14th this year following overwhelming support and a vote of 10-1 in its favour.
When it comes to the legality of poker in the US, much of the news over the last month has centered on Washington State and their insistence on banning gambling within their state’s borders.
Last night however, saw New Jersey take a very different course of action with the S 490 bill being passed by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.
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