Online poker in NY could be delayed after recent study
Concerns over addiction are giving pause to online poker legislation
New York has been making great progress on allowing all types of new gambling activity in the state. Sports gambling was legalized just a couple of days ago and online poker was almost a definite bet. However, legislation to approve the activity is going to come to a screeching halt, thanks to a report that was prepared last year. Apparently, New York has an addiction problem.
An independent study conducted last year indicated that New York is in the top 35% of all states for gambling addiction. With that revelation, the state is now planning on slowing down on online poker legislation and will, instead, begin with a new study to determine how accurate the previous study is.
A new bill introduced to the Assembly, A00591, will “commission a statewide evaluation regarding the extent of gambling by New York residents.” The bill would see the report commissioned and studied prior to any further progress on the subject of online gambling.
The measure was introduced on January 9 and unanimously approved – 13-0 – by the state’s Committee on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. It was then sent to the Ways and Means Committee. Given the overwhelming support received already, chances are high that it will pass through all committees and be accepted as law.
What this means for online poker fans in The Empire State is more than a little disturbing. If the bill’s language remains unaltered as it progresses through the legislative channels, the study won’t have to be completed until December 1, 2023.