New York insists on legislating online poker

Second State’s Assemblyman presented another online poker bill.
Second State’s Assemblyman presented another online poker bill.

Last week the debate was reintroduced among New York legislators due to Senator John Bonacic’s bill.

US.- The state of New York will definitely debate the potential legalisation of online poker industry this year. As the Senator John Bonacic introduced an online poker bill last week, his attempt was intensified by an identical project presented by Assemblyman Gary Pretlow yesterday.

The second bill, A5250, also proposes a legal regulation for the highly acclaimed iGaming sector statewide. Following Bonacic’s project, A5250 considers online poker as a game of skill rather than a game of chances, therefore, a legal activity.

Whilst the New York Senate had approved the first bill introduced by Bonacic in 2015, the Assembly finished the proposal without a vote. Now, both officials are reinforcing the debate with the latest bills, which would allow the approval of 11 online poker licenses. Another condition is that operators would have to pay licenses’ fees of US$10 million to participate.