The prospects for regulated online poker took a blow this week due to comments a constitutional amendment would be required to approve mobile sports betting.
A bill is passing through New York´s legislature that could delay the introduction of online gambling until the extent of problem gambling is fully understood.
For the sixth year in succession, an attempt is being made to regulate online poker in New York even though the concerns from previous years still exist.
Last week, former New York-based customers of Bovada received an email announcing “We´re Back in the Empire State” a year after withdrawing its service.
A New York judge has ruled the state had no authority to reclassify DFS as a game of skill in 2016 to circumnavigate the constitutional ban on gambling.
Lawmakers in the state of New York concluded the 2018 legislative session without passing an online poker bill, despite beginning the year as one of the states favored to pass i-poker regulations. Unless a special session is called, New Yorkers will once again have to wait until next year.
The first three months of 2018 have thrown up few surprises with regard to online poker regulation in the US. However, looking forward, there could be some significant changes on the landscape – particularly if the Supreme Court makes a positive ruling in the PASPA sports betting case.
Two events occurred last week to negatively impact regulated gambling in New York. A request for tax concessions from two of the state´s commercial casinos was denied, and proposed revenues from the regulation of online poker were scratched from the state´s budget.
This week has seen pro-regulation affiliates and anti-gambling columnists publish articles relating to gambling in the Big Apple. Both sides have their merits and their faults, but one look at the facts will tell you the prospects for regulated online poker in New York are poor – at least for the present.
As we approach the final quarter of 2017, a fourth consecutive year with no further online poker regulation in the US is looking increasingly likely.