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  1. Delaware Senate Passes Online Gaming Bill: http://pokerfuse.com/news/law-and-regulation/delaware-senate-passes-online-gambling-bill

     

    Delaware’s State Senate passed an important bill authorizing several forms of online gambling on Wednesday, including provisions for online poker.
    House Bill 333, the Delaware Gaming Competitiveness Act of 2012, passed on a 14-6 vote, with one abstention. The bill needed thirteen “aye” votes to clear the three-fifths majority needed for passage.

    Upon signing, Delaware will become the second state to formally authorize online poker, following Nevada’s lead. Industry estimates suggest only a few thousand of Delaware’s 900,000 residents previously played for real money on offshore poker sites. But in a fully authorized, state-regulated online site it may attract 25,000 or more.

     
  2. Step in the right direction.

    "Online gambling bills introduced in Illinois, California, New Jersey and other states have hit roadblocks. Meanwhile, a federal poker bill, preferred by large gambling interests to the state-by-state approach, has yet to be introduced in Congress".

    Couple of questions.

    What happened in California? and

    Do you think it is possible a federal bill will be passed anytime soon? within the next few years? Obviously playing with all states in the US is 100x better than just playing with people in your state. Or it looks more likely it will go state by state and then many years down the road a federal bill will be passed?

    Are there any time tables for any of this to happen?

    Thanks.
  3. What does everyone think about the approval of the Delaware Poker Bill? Any thoughts on the implications for current US players that can't play in their home state?
  4. As a Delaware resident im greatful. Just hope they get it done soon.
  5.  
    Originally Posted by Tilted0o View Post

    Step in the right direction.

    "Online gambling bills introduced in Illinois, California, New Jersey and other states have hit roadblocks. Meanwhile, a federal poker bill, preferred by large gambling interests to the state-by-state approach, has yet to be introduced in Congress".

    Couple of questions.

    What happened in California? and

    Do you think it is possible a federal bill will be passed anytime soon? within the next few years? Obviously playing with all states in the US is 100x better than just playing with people in your state. Or it looks more likely it will go state by state and then many years down the road a federal bill will be passed?

    Are there any time tables for any of this to happen?

    Thanks.

    California is still debating the issue. A bill legalizing online poker was pulled by its primary sponsor about two weeks ago, so it's still up in the air. Here's more information in a feature article PocketFives published:
    http://www.pocketfives.com/articles/...ertain-587453/

    In terms of a Federal bill, it seems highly unlikely you'll see anything until after the elections in November. The UIGEA was passed in 2006 during a lame duck Congress, and so that time period is probably our best bet this year. If not, it'll be 2013 at the earliest.

    i-gaming is looking like a state-by-state issue right now, with Nevada about to have launched poker sites and states like New Jersey and Illinois and Delaware taking up the issue as well.
     
  6. Good news, as the more states take this step it will: a) make a federal bill more likely and b) provide a bigger incentive for an interstate compact that will bring in hundreds of thousands of players. Obviously Delaware is a super small state so I dont think youll see a lot of grinders clamoring to move there. But depending on how they implement it, maybe they'll have a stream of poker tourists coming in from Philly and New Jersey?
     
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  7. And the bill is signed into law. The games themselves could launch as soon as January:
    http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/n...,3018053.story

    Here is PocketFives' feature article about the bill and what we could expect:
    http://www.pocketfives.com/articles/...y-2013-587495/
     
  8. PocketFives sought out several industry experts to weigh in on Delaware's legalization of internet gambling, which will see the State Lottery likely be the sole provider. Do you think the industry will be active and competitive? http://www.pocketfives.com/articles/...mbling-587626/
     
  9. Here are the software providers you'll see for online gambling in Delaware. According to PokerUpdate, "After months of reviewing, the Delaware Lottery has chosen a joint venture by 888 Holdings, Scientific games, and Williams Interactive to provide online gambling software and services to the state. The announcement ends a long application process that saw dozens of operators apply to win the bid to provide online gaming products to the newly legislated state. The applicants for this lucrative contract included industry giants PokerStars, IGT, Stan James, and SHFL Entertainment."