Which State Will Be the Next to Legalize Online Poker?
The race is on, and the stakes are higher than ever before: which state will be the next to legalize online poker? New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware are readying the launch of player pool sharing. Pennsylvania just joined the fray, nearly doubling the potential online poker population when sharing begins.
After Pennsylvania, the state that came the closest to passing online gaming legislation in 2017 was Illinois. According to state Representative Michael Zalewski, there is a good chance the bill will resurface in 2018 in the form of a comprehensive gambling expansion that includes daily fantasy sports.
State Senator Mike Kowall has been pushing online gambling legislation hard in Michigan for the past two years with no real success. It was one compromise after another in an unending back-and-forth between commercial casinos and tribal operators.
In comes State Representative Brandt Iden with abundant optimism that an agreement between the two groups can be reached. Iden took over online gaming discussions in 2017 and believes he made real headway. He claims legalization is a real possibility in 2018.
New York needed to wait before rushing into another gambling expansion. With three new Upstate casinos opening last year there were too many variables to consider. Now that the new casinos are up and running, and also failing to meet revenue projections, online poker may appear more appealing.
According to Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow, Chair of the Committee on Racing and Wagering, online gambling has a better chance of consideration in 2018 than it had in 2017.