New York Receives Another Internet Poker Bill
Last November, New York voters approved the expansion of land-based casino gambling in New York.A second Internet poker bill proposed to the State Assembly is now under consideration by New York lawmakers.
Pretlow is hoping that his bill will define poker, such as Omaha and Texas Hold’em, as a game of skill and not of luck.
He is also hoping to raise over $100 million in license fees so that the New York State Gaming Commission can award 10 gambling licenses valued at $10 million each.
The new bill will also exclude “bad actors” which are the gaming companies which continued to operate despite the ban by the passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) introduced by the Bush administration in 2006.
Pretlow’s new bill also aims to combine online poker player pools in New York with other regulated states such as Nevada and Delaware. This new collaboration is expected to materialize later this year.
To date, New Jersey has not signed to be included in this scheme, despite the fact that they are the only other state with regulated Internet gambling and poker.
If either bill is approved, New York is likely to become the hotspot of expanded gambling. To ensure New Yorkers stay loyal to their local casinos, a handful of land-based casinos are likely to be constructed in the city.
Should online poker be approved, New Yorkers will also be able to enjoy wagering for real money online.