Online poker legislation in New York

The Poker Players Alliance praises the New York Senate Committee after passing online poker legislation.

US.- The Poker Players Alliance (PPA,) commended New York’s Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering, for passing a bill to license and regulate Internet poker in the state.

Executive director of the PPA, John Pappas, expressed:  “The PPA thanks Chairman John Bonacic and the Committee for acting quickly to pass iPoker legislation through the Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering. If passed into law, the bill would provide New Yorkers who play poker online with a safe and regulated environment, while bringing in revenue for the state. We encourage the Finance Committee to move quickly to usher the legislation through the Senate, and also urge the Assembly to move forward with their respective legislation.”

Whilst the passage of this kind of legislation looks promising, some lawmakers believe the bill won’t move forward until New York’s commercial casinos are operational.

“It would be a mistake for New York to wait for its brick-and-mortar casinos to go online. Moving Internet poker legislation now would establish an existing customer base of poker players for brick-and-mortar casinos when they open their doors for business. It’s New York’s turn to give their consumers what New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware constituents already have—a safe and regulated online market that is accountable to the players, regulators and law enforcement,” Pappas added.