You can’t really blame companies like Cantor Gaming for getting all hot and bothered when they consider the possible profits provided by a state like California should online poker legislation be adopted there. The 2010 census showed more than 37 million residents residing inside California state boundaries, so the estimated population in 2012 or 2013 would have to be north of 38 million. Delaware and Nevada have already adopted legalized online poker legislation, and it also provides for travelers and visitors to their state to also be able to legally play online poker while they are located inside state boundaries.
Sometimes when the same old tone you’ve been screaming in is being ignored, you can get a lot accomplished with a clear word from a different voice. That is exactly what Senators John Kyl and Harry Reid hope to accomplish by involving the Junior Senator from Nevada, Republican Dean Heller, in their efforts to get their US online poker Bill passed at the national level. While he is the Junior Senator in that state, Heller is a respected Republican. Reid (Dem) and Kyl (Rep) have entrusted Heller with creating support on the Republican level.
The 11 members of the Nevada Gaming Policy Committee are headed by that state’s Governor, Brian Sandoval. On Wednesday, July 25 they will meet for a special session in Las Vegas, Nevada to discuss proposed recommendations for future legislative sessions concerning their online poker policy. Nevada was the first state to pass legalized online poker play within its state boundaries for its residents and visitors after the United States Department of Justice passed that responsibility on to the state level in late 2011. The committee has frequently stated that their intent is to keep Nevada at the front of the online poker industry in the US, positioning that state as a leader both financially and technically.
An estimated 1.5 million California residents play online poker every week. And in a state and country where economic woes run so deep, guess where all that poker money is going? Poker revenue from those all those Californians, as well as every other United States online poker player, is running offshore and out of the United States. After Nevada passed legislation legalizing online poker late last year, and Delaware just this month became the first state to pass legislation legalizing a full slate of online gambling casino gaming, federal legislators are no closer to an across-the-board US poker policy.
While Nevada online poker is already a legal reality, the first hand of online poker has yet to be played in the Silver State. Major casino companies in Nevada are obviously ecstatic that their state was the first to adopt online poker legislation in the US, but they point out that the size of the player pool in Nevada, while nice, is just not big enough to make many of their efforts worthwhile in the online poker world. They point out that a federal bill legislating and regulating activity on a nationwide basis would be the goose that lays the golden eggs.
Joe Barton, Republican representative from Texas, recently stated his belief that poker “is a game of skill and it shouldn’t be outlawed.” He is just one of many senators, congressmen and US federal officials who believe it is time to legalize the pastime which many millions of Americans already enjoy online. And Barton is also just one of many who are pushing for online poker passage by the end of 2012. That is a very tight timetable, and the subject of gambling in any form is always a dicey one. But two states have already passed online poker legislation this year, so anything’s possible.
With Delaware’s passage last week of legislation legalizing online casino gambling, they joined Nevada as the only two states with laws allowing legal online poker play in the US. California only weeks ago seemed to be at the forefront of the race to become the next state after Nevada to legalize online poker play, but it is currently just treading water in that regard. Ohio, Illinois, Hawaii and New Jersey are at varying spots along the journey to passing some type of online poker bill, but it looks like New Jersey could be the frontrunner in the race to be the next state to join Delaware and Nevada with an “All In” bet for online poker.
You probably have heard by now that Nevada became the first state to legalize online poker within its boundaries for its residents and visitors. And while online poker players in that state are ecstatic that they will now have a safe, regulated American poker product to enjoy, actual play maybe some time away. Yes, the first round of interactive gaming licenses has been dished out to the states two largest slot machine manufacturers, and word is that at least three more suppliers will probably receive licenses this month. Industry analysts predict that as many as 20 Nevada online gaming websites could be launched in 2013.
On December 23 of last year, the United States Department of Justice reversed their long standing position on the legality of online poker in the United States. Considering any online gaming for money in the past as illegal, just two days before Christmas of 2011 the US DOJ delivered a holiday present of their new ruling that allows each individual state to develop and regulate their own online poker policy. Nevada has long been the cornerstone of gambling in the United States, and they quickly passed legislation allowing legalized online poker play for their residents and visitors, the first state to do so.
Nevada made history earlier this year in the United States as the first state to legalize playing online poker for money within their state boundaries. Residents and visitors to the Silver State will be able to shuffle up and deal virtually for the first time since the United States Department of Justice mandated in December of last year that online gambling should be regulated by each individual state. But Delaware trumped Nevada with their legislation signed Thursday by Governor Jack Markell that approved not only poker, but all online casino gambling within that state’s borders.