The next few weeks loom as the biggest in the short history of regulated US online poker and gambling, with action expected in three states.
Whatâs on tap for online gambling bills
will decide whether to legalize online poker as the legislative session comes to a close next week.
could tackle an online gambling / daily fantasy sports hybrid bill during a special session before the close of the month.
The House and Senate in will try to agree on an omnibus gaming bill that includes iGaming and DFS.
Not one of these bills happening is a certainty as we gear up for the home stretch. But we can take a minute to appreciate the fact that four different legislative bodies have passed bills that will legalize and regulate online gambling.
And weâre still waiting on the first new law to be enacted in the US in years.
New York online poker
The most recent activity we’ve seen is from New York, where a bill was advanced by the Assembly out of Wagering Racing and Gaming Committee on Thursday. It has at least one more committee stop before reaching the full Assembly.
But recent chatter cast doubt on the billâs chances. Assemblymember J. Gary Pretlow is now suggesting the bill wonât leave the Assembly Codes Committee after running into some strong opposition in recent weeks.
Thatâs despite the fact that there was someearlier this week. The state , repeating an action it took last year.
But last-minute shenanigans are a hallmark of the end of the NY legislative session. That was clear for gaming observers when a DFS bill was passed by the statehouse 2016. at the 11th hour in However, the Assembly has punted on online poker previously; now, itâs at least getting a late look.
The statehouse is scheduled to close up shop by June 21. We ought to know by then whether online poker has a chance of being legal in New York in 2017.
Illinois online gambling
Much like New York, Illinois, appears likely to come to the wire. And thereâs also little sense of exactly what is going to happen in the state.
Theright before its scheduled adjournment in the end of May. That put the ball in the Houseâs court, although it deferred on taking up the bill in the time.
However, the House agreed to meet in continuous session, meaning bills not yet passed â iGaming included â were still in play. Now, Gov. Bruce Rauner has ordered aas lawmakers try to end a budget impasse that’s been going on for more than two years.
Will the online gambling bill be in play? Thatâs not a certainty. But we do know that iGaming presents athat can at least put a dent in the stateâs budget problems.
Pennsylvania online gambling
The PA House and Senate have passed bills that will bring poker and regulated online gambling to the Keystone State.
Last week, the, adding in contentious provisions to allow . The Senate has so far stood pat on the bill, but , according to one key lawmaker.
The state legislature isn’t below the kind of hard deadlines the preceding states face. But still everyone would prefer to get a budget passed, trying to erase a shortfall estimated without quick action in the billions.
Online gambling is a possible answer for meaningful revenue in the state. However a wide gap exists between the Senate and House versions of the bill, and there are many outcomes in play.
What’s going to happen for online gambling?
Will Pennsylvania, Illinois or New York reach the finish line for iGaming? No one knows if you don’t have a functioning crystal ball.
But after so much progress in 2017, it’d be a disappointment if not one of the three joins, and Delaware will legal iGaming.