Online Poker Launches in Nevada

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This week Nevada opened its virtual doors to online poker sparking a new push to separate online poker from online casinos through federal law that would give individual states the power to control their own online poker schemes while online casino gaming remains in a controlled state-by-state system.

Last year Peter King put forward the Reid/Kyl proposal to relax online gambling laws, but the bill failed to stir up enough backing and instead attracted plenty of criticism. King is now looking to readdress the online gambling bill with a particular focus on the Reid/Kyl bill issues that were rejected.

The revamped proposal has closed the doors on fighting the case for online casinos and instead proposes only changes in federal legislation that will affect just online poker laws. Also, this time around the state lottery systems are to be part of the Reid/Kyl bill, a failure to consider inclusion of these organisations that was argued in past proposals. As a result, Kentucky and Massachusetts lottery organisations as well as the NGA (National Governors Association) were predictably disgruntled by this oversight and so didn’t show their support on a bill that would have benefited from their cooperation.

However, after a recent e-communication from King’s spokesman, Kevin Fogarty, has now confirmed that the new measure is to be put into motion once again in the not to distance future with all the necessary parties involved this time around. Not all the ins and outs of exactly how the proposal is to be addressed have been put out there, but have received and published some of the of the details released from Peter King’s office.

On Tuesday this week in the state of Nevada an online internet entity started to get its virtual felts online and available to citizens in the state of Nevada. Thanks to wide coverage of this momentous occasion for many US citizens, the revelation has turned the heads of federal lawmakers, who are now having second thoughts on the way online poker as a single gambling entity is to be distributed or made available in the US. This could mean that online poker will not be restricted in the same way as online casino gaming would be in the future.

Another convincing case in support of the new bill is the fact that federal lawmaker’s will be forced to start taking note of the introduction of online gambling in the states of Delaware and New Jersey. Both states will be making a variety of online casino games available via state laws rather than using federal laws, which have been slow to change as Congress have been sluggish when acting on any legislation that would affect gambling laws countrywide on federal level.

With this, more states are on the verge of digging out their gambling law books and pencilling in a few changes ahead of the slow moving federal decision makers. Pennsylvania and California have both been mentioning the fact that they are all for online gambling. With this, there are also plenty of legislators in Congress who are all for internet gambling and would also like to have restrictions lifted further for at least online poker. If that happens, then the original idea to connect states through Nevada and other states will go out of the window and states will be free to manage their own online poker sites.

Right now though, the state law makers are changing their own state laws to at least stream online poker. With that it seems that maybe online poker will become the exception to the gambling laws that will control online casinos in a state-by-state system, while online poker will be run by states individually if Peter King is successful with the new proposal.