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It has never failed to amaze me that more states, in fact all states, don’t want to take advantage of the huge amount of extra revenue generated by online gambling, especially poker. I would have thought by now we’d catch up to the rest of the world, yet more than three years have gone by with only Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware successfully passing legislation, and reaping the benefits, of making online poker legal.

Online PokerAfter more than three years, why does there suddenly seem to be more action in more states to get similar legislation passed? There’s California, of course, which has tried and failed on several occasions to get internet poker legalized. Until they can get the politicians, card rooms, horse racing crowd and the Indian tribes that currently have the monopoly on gambling to come together and make it happen, the latest bill from online gambling advocate, Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer, will probably die on the vine. That sure leaves a whole lot of money on the table that the union’s largest state could definitely make use of.

New York has managed to get two bills to the committee stage, which, if combined into one actionable and acceptable-to-all bill, might just have a chance of being signed by Governor Cuomo. Pennsylvania is also eager to have online casino gambling, but still needs to pass the necessary regulations. Their HB 392 would authorize full online casino gaming but also would open daily fantasy sports in the state; it has lots of support but hasn’t passed anything yet.

A couple of new-to-the-game states have also shown a lot of interest recently. Michigan has a bill, SB 203, to legalize online poker that’s also open to including other forms of online gambling activity. The voters of Michigan seem to be behind its passage, but there are still a bunch of hurdles to go through. And finally, a bill in Hawaii, SB 677, has been introduced to open “internet gaming” in the state, Interesting because Hawaii actually has laws on the books preventing live gambling.

As some might imagine, the desire on the part of these states and perhaps others to get legislation passed quickly has grown considerably since the current administration took office. While no one can predict what the president thinks about online poker (he seemed to be for it five years ago, but we all know that means nothing today), we CAN predict where the new attorney general, Jeff Sessions, stands on the subject. During his confirmation hearings he was asked directly what his thoughts were on the legality of online gaming by famously anti-gaming Senator Lindsey Graham, who has been among those who would love to re-institute the Federal Wire Act of 1961 (passed to deal with racketeering). Sessions testified that he already thought it wasn’t legal for online gambling to be conducted and would look into it further once he was heading the Department of Justice. Don’t you just love these states’ rights republicans?

Keep in mind that in 2011, it was the Department of Justice that announced its belief that the 1961 Wire Act applied only to sports betting, thereby opening the door for states to legalize intrastate non-sport online gambling, such as lottery ticket sales and Internet poker.

Bottom line is that we really have no idea which way this will go, considering the extreme views of certain leading republicans who continue to want to restore the federal Wire Act. Should that happen, states would be unable to circumvent federal law to pass their own internet gambling laws. Although that seems highly unlikely, the uncertainty about it has hastened the efforts of at least a few more states to pass a bill, under the assumption that they would be grandfathered if they had already legalized online poker.

We’ll keep you updated as things progress.

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Texas Poker StoreBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

A couple of years ago, we were following the progress of legal online poker with great interest; it seemed like the next big thing about to bust wide open. But not much happened and interest among our readers waned. Nevertheless, we decided to take another look at the status of online gambling today.

Online Poker As many of you know, Nevada was the first state to legalize and regulate online poker in 2013, with WSOP.com controlling 99% of the industry. In March 2015, Nevada and Delaware entered into an interstate poker compact which benefited Delaware tremendously. New Jersey came on board at the end of 2013, There are currently two poker networks involving four sites in the state: Borgata, Party Poker, WSOP.com, and 888.

All eyes now are on California, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts as we look ahead in 2016.Being that it’s an election year, most pundits agree that no controversial legislation will be passed. On the other hand, some believe that with the huge popularity of DFS (Daily Fantasy Sports) and sports betting in general, the outlook for iGaming — including online poker — is brighter than it’s been in a long time.

We’ll let you know whenever there’s news about online gaming – there could be a surprise or two that we haven’t even considered yet. In the meantime we are heading off to the tables for a little bit of LIVE Texas Hold’em.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

We had a whirlwind vacation in sunny Southern California for the last week and now we are ready to hit the tables with refreshed vigor.  Although we didn’t have a chance to play while in Cali, that doesn’t mean we were completely out of touch. We still took care of all our Texas Poker Store customers and even were able to sneak in a few poker conversations with some of our friends while sucking in the fresh pacific coast air, laying on the beach, and absorbing the sun’s rays.

Hopefully y’all followed the humble advice we left you with, and played well, were patient and waited for it before pushing your poker chips all in. Now that we’re back we will be bringing you more poker info, news, and tidbits, as well as focusing some attention, as we do every year around this time, on Texas A&M Football. First game up for the Aggies is this Thursday night against the South Carolina Gamecocks, so stay tuned!

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Last year’s end we found ourselves in Boca Raton, Florida with family from New York, Boston, Texas and California. This year I’m staying right here in Texas to help the rush of customers wanting to take advantage of the Texas Poker Store’s Christmas discounts on all poker accessories, from poker tables to poker card guards and everything in between, while the rest of the family once again visits the Big Apple before coming back to celebrate New Year’s Eve right here with me.

While I’m waiting for everyone to return, I’m practicing my poker playing skills online and I can’t wait till our next company poker game.

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