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The latest developments in legislation to legalize, tax and regulate online poker and other forms of online gambling in the United States.
News and information on countries who have succeeded or are currently looking into legalized online gambling.
We invite our editors and industry insiders to give their opinion on legal online poker.
There are currently no legal and regulated US online poker sites. Nevada took the first step in the US by passing online poker regulations on December 22, 2011. This was the day before a US Department of Justice opinion of the Wire Act was clarified. This new opinion stated that the Wire Act, once believed to cover all interstate gambling, only covered sports betting. This gave the green light to states wanting to regulate online poker and network with other states.
Nevada will only regulate online poker sites, but Delaware legalized online poker as well as many casino style games on June 28, 2012. Nevada will allow commercial casino companies to operate online poker. Delaware online poker will be offered through its state lottery. Both states look to have online poker live in 2013.
Several other states have debated online poker in the past year. California, Hawaii, Iowa, New Jersey and Washington DC have all seen online poker make its way through some portion of the legislative process. None of these states have ultimately passed online poker regulations, although a New Jersey online gambling bill is waiting on a signature from their governor.
The federal government has attempted to repeal some parts of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA). The UIGEA was passed in 2006 as a rider to the unrelated Safe Port Act. It went into law without any debate from the US Senate. Attempts to repeal the UIGEA or exempt online poker have been made by Texas Representative Joe Barton in 2010 and by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in 2012. Both of these attempts failed, including the most recent Reid/Kyl bill. This has left the legal US online poker discussion up to the states.
Online poker and other forms of online gambling are certain to be a hot topic in many state legislatures in the coming year. This is especially true with the new Department of Justice interpretation of the Wire Act. Check back often for updates on legal online poker news.