Poker Players Alliance Stepping Up to US Online Poker BanPublished April 18, 2014 by OCR Editor
The Poker Players Alliance has stepped up to oppose two new online poker prohibition bills.
The Players Poker Alliance (PPA), a long time proponent of online poker, is now preparing for a fight against two online poker prohibition bills introduced by US Senator Lindsey Graham and Congressman Jasson Chaffetz last week. The PPA has published a video in which Executive Director John Pappas asked viewers to support the PPA, saying: "We have a serious fight on our hands". The two bills aim to expand the Wire Act of 1961 which never had anything to do with the internet - to prohibit licensing and regulation of online gaming nationwide, including the states which have already regulated iGaming.
Potential States on the Horizon for Regulation
Despite constant threats as the two bills introduced in Washington, iGaming has made great strides in the United States last year when Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey started regulating and allowing online games in their jurisdiction. Since then many other states started contemplating entering joining but it seems that legislators prefer the "wait and see" route to observe how iGaming fares in the regulated states. Both Colorado and Connecticut are two good candidates for the future.
Known for its progressive nature as can be seen by the recent legislation of marijuana, Colorado is a very possible candidate for iGaming regulation. An iPoker bill was actually drafted by Colorado lawmakers last year but the effort quenched. Connecticut saw the legislation of keno in the state last year in an attempt to raise revenues. This was added the public support for iGaming expressed by Governor Dannel P. Malloy.
Rise in NJ Online Poker Revenues
Contemplating states can look at the figures released by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement recently, showing that online poker in the garden state continues to grow. March was marked by a 3.26% increase, with revenues up to $3.2 million.