Casinos Prepare for Online Poker Legislation
Mohegan Sun is going to start using a Bally Technologies iGaming system to offer poker games through the Wilkes-Barre casino and the Mohegan Sun casino websites.
The games, which should be live early next year, demonstrate another step the casino industry is taking as preparation for legislation on online poker.
Mario Kontomerkos, the Chief Financial Officer of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, said that “that’s really why we’re doing this. If enabling legislation occurs, we can flip the switch.”
Since last December’s announcement that the US Department of Justice reversed its ban on most internet betting, hopes have been raised that legislation on internet poker will arrive soon.
According to legal experts, the new interpretation of the law allows states to legalise and regulate online gambling within their borders.
This prompted Nevada to become the first state to issue online gaming licenses, the first went to Bally and International Game Technology. It is also expected that MGM Resorts International will receive a Nevada license within the coming weeks.
It is thought that if Congress regulates online poker within the next year then revenue growth will increase to as much as $17 billion a year by 2018. However, unfortunately very few experts think that federal legislation will happen this coming year.