Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris
There was a time when we thought it would be a good idea to keep our faithful fans up-to-date on which states would be next to vote to legalize and regulate online poker. We assumed it would happen on a fairly regular basis after the success of Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware. After all, is there really a state that wouldn’t benefit from the potential multi-millions of dollars in additional revenue?
Turned out that passing the legislation necessary to offer its citizens the right to enjoy online poker was a heckuvva lot more difficult for states to make happen than we imagined. It seems crazy, but nothing much has changed since 2013 (sorry, Pennsylvania, but you haven’t gone live yet!) except that more states have legalized marijuana than online gambling!
So, it’s our pleasure to announce that Virginia has become the fifth state ready to launch online gambling. Governor Ralph Northam signed SB 1126 today (March 26) after both houses of the legislature overwhelmingly supported it. However, don’t get too excited quite yet, poker players of Virginia. There are some very stringent rules for setting up casinos so you probably won’t be playing online until at least next year.
Unfortunately for those of you who were following Kentucky’s bid to join the online gambling states, their once promising H 175 has been shelved until 2020. Also on the cusp are West Virginia and Michigan, all hoping to become the sixth state to embrace online poker.
Until your state manages to pass the legislation needed for you to enjoy online poker, it looks like y’all will have to be satisfied playing in your home games, sitting at the poker tables! One thing is for sure; it is definitely a better way to meet people and find new poker buddies!