State Online Gambling Update
03 March 2011
There is a lot happening across the United States lately concerning regulated online gambling. There are currently 4 states in varying progress considering legalizing intrastate online poker. The one closest to making this a reality is New Jersey.
Today is the day for Governor Christie to act or not act on an intrastate online poker bill that has been lying on his desk since January. What was once considered an easy bill to get signed has gone all the way to the very end and Governor Christie has set a news conference for this morning at 11 am EST.
Although Christie has expressed skepticism over having intrastate online portals, Sen. Ray Lesniak, D-Union the sponsor of the bill claims it will be run by existing casinos licensed in New Jersey and will boost casino revenue by $100 million and would create 500 high-tech jobs in the region.
In California earlier this week the 62,000-member Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC) endorsed Sen Lou Correa’s bill to regulate intrastate poker in that state. This bill also got the support of California Nations Indian Gaming Association just last week.
Florida Rep. Joseph Abruzzo’s bill is scheduled to be discussed beginning March 8th as Florida pushes to become the first state to have legalized online poker. According to Gaming Analyst Steve Schwartz,
“It is likely with a $4 billion budget deficit that Florida legislators will approve the online gambling bill. The revenue may be too much to ignore for lawmakers looking to win over public support.”
Yesterday Iowa’s Senate State Government Committee approved the Internet Consumer Protection and Revenue Generation Act of 2011 by a vote of 9-6 sending online poker to a vote in the full Senate there.
It is estimated that 150,000 Iowans are playing online poker coasting the state and estimated $30-$35 million in gaming taxes.
According to Sen. Rick Bertrand, R-Sioux City, who voted yes yesterday,
“If we don’t make a move now, the federal government is going to make a move in the next few years, and we’ll lose the revenue to the federal government. I think it’s forward-thinking.”
06 January 2016Three California Betting Bills for Consideration
The Government Oversight Committee of the California state legislature has put a lot of emphasis and priority on a hearing that's happening on January 6. The point of this hearing is to look at legalizing intrastate online poker along with the same for sports betting and daily fantasy sports. One of the bills is the Internet Fantasy Sports Game Protection Act, and it was introduced back in September.Read full article
19 October 2015Florida is the Latest State to Take a Closer Look at Daily Fantasy Sports
Daily fantasy sports is a particularly interesting issue in Florida because of the timing of the big FanDuel/DraftKings scandal coinciding with Florida ending a gambling pact with native tribes. The pact ending has caused politicians to want to examine gambling as a whole, and with daily fantasy sports being the hot topic that it is today, it's looking like DFS will be a natural part of that examination.Read full article
17 September 2015California Daily Fantasy Sports Regulations Proposed
There has been a pretty fierce battle going on in California over the online poker industry for the past few years, and a bill supporting it has failed once again because of political issues between racetrack operators, native tribes and other groups. The same person who proposed the poker legislation Assemblyman Adam Gray is behind a new proposal to regulate and provide licensing processes for daily fantasy sports sites to operate in the state.Read full article