Online Poker Amendment Passes in Massachusetts

10/17/2011
By Pamela PattersonGoogle

 

While it won’t mean any big immediate changes, the fact that Republican Representative Daniel Winslow’s proposed amendment to legalize online poker in the state passed (123 for, 32 against), is a big boost for the worldwide effort to legalize and regulate online gambling.

 

On September 26th, the vote will be presented to the state senate and it’s yet to be seen whether this amendment will be addressed (mainly because there are many amendments to the bill that deals with gambling in general and because it was very late-coming).  If it does pass then laws will have to be set forth with regard to licensing such online poker operators and taking into account a multitude of federal and state issues including regulating, taxing, etc.  If everything passes then the earliest we’d see any legalized online poker in Massachusetts would be towards the end of 2013. 

 

Since the various poker scandals erupted in early 2011 and the ongoing investigations (and drama) that have since ensued (including the recently exposed Full Tilt Ponzi scheme saga), US federal legislation regarding legalizing online poker has been getting the attention that it deserves.  The goal has shifted to working to protect players and one of the best ways to do so (as is being seen throughout Europe) is to regulate and legalize gambling.

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