US States working towards legalization of online gambling in 2018

Published by CasinoTopsOnline on March 8, 2018 IN Industry News

US Gambling Law NewsThe last year was a big and exciting one, but to be more specific, especially in the online gambling industry. 

Players specifically from the United States were treated to the legalisation of online gambling in popular regions such as Pennsylvania. After long debates, Pennsylvania legislators opted to sign the bill that will legalise online gambling and regulate it in their territory. 

Pennsylvania, is now the fourth US State where players can legally participate in regulated iGaming. Other legal regions include Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware. 

To make things even more exciting, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board also announced that prospective licensees can start applying and be accepted from the 2nd of April 2018. With this process in motion, land-based gambling operators with licenses can start applying for iGaming licenses. The only condition attached is that they make use of third-party software developers to power their interactive gambling portfolios. 

Many believe that Pennsylvania’s legalisation of gambling is a turning point for the industry across the United States. The biggest hope is that it will cause a domino effect leading to other regions to open their doors to the online casino industry. 

There are many US states that have already shown interest and made an effort to take the first steps towards legalising some forms of gambling in their territory.

Legalised Online Poker for New Yorkers

It’s no secret that in 2017 New York submitted an important piece of legislation which aims to legalise online poker and sports betting in New York. 

The Bill S 3898 made it through the senate but failed when was brought forth in the Assembly. The same piece of legislation was brought up by the Senate’s Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee earlier this year after which it was reported to the Finance Committee with a 10/1 vote. 

It is unclear of whether the bill will succeed in getting approval but there are many who are avidly trying to push it and ensure its legalisation. 

If online poker is legalised it could generate extra revenue which will help especially seeing as the land-based casinos of New York have struggled in this department. 

California’s plans for online gambling

Lawmakers of California have been trying to legalise online poker in this state for the past decade. 

Early 2017, it seemed to gain momentum, and many were excited when Assembly member Reginald Jones-Sawyer introduced the Internet Poker Consumer Protection Act of 2016 in February.  

The bill, also known as AB1677, was the last piece of legislation introduced and if successful it would have allowed local tribes and card rooms in California to apply for 7-year licenses. Unfortunately, there is a growing animosity between local tribes and card room operators which makes it difficult for participants to aim for the 2/3 majority vote needed to pass the bill. 

It seems that poker fanatics in this region might have to wait until 2019 for any more news regarding the legalisation of online poker in California. 

All is not lost as Jones-Sawyer has revealed that the legislation will come with an additional piece that will opt to legalise not just online poker but sports betting too. It has been reported that they’ll move to reintroduce the piece of legislation in 2019. 

While things are moving slowly, there is some movement. It’s still early in the year and there are plenty of days left for unexpected surprises and states legalising online gambling.