New York Gaming Committee Passes Online Poker Bill with 9-0 Vote

New York photo by Massimo Catarinella

Is New York the new frontrunner to become the fourth US state to officially legalize online poker?

A 9-0 Racing, Gaming and Wagering committee vote on Tuesday suggests there's some momentum behind the idea. But there are still plenty of legal obstacles to overcome.

Passing out of a brief meeting the bill now moves on to a financial committee meeting and more refinement among lawmakers.

Still, with no votes to the negative, the response seems encouraging to Sen. John Bonacic:

“S.5302-B took a necessary step forward today with its vote out of the Racing Committee," said Bonacic in an official statement to Online Poker Report.

 

"The Bill now goes to the Finance Committee and I anticipate having ongoing discussions with my colleagues in both Houses regarding this bill as session moves forward.”

PPA Offers Continued Encouragement

John Pappas
John Pappas

Poker Players Alliance Chairman John Pappas echoed the positivity in his own statement to OPR:

"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."

A date for the impending Financial Committee hearing has yet to be set. More information and a full video of the hearing can be found on the New York State Senate website.

Currently just Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware offer legal online poker in the United States.

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