PPA Hopeful Supreme Court’s PASPA Ruling Will Elevate Online Poker’s Chances

An optimistic Poker Players Alliance is stating that Monday’s Supreme Court decision overturning the national ban on sports betting will positively impact lawmakers when it comes to internet poker legislation.

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After the Supreme Court’s judgment on sports betting, the Poker Players Alliance believes online poker legislation will move faster. (Image: YouTube)

The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in favor of overturning the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA), a federal law that banned sports betting in all but four states, paving way for individual nations to determine legality.

Internet poker and sports betting are currently in a similar position where both types of gambling are legal at the national level. But so far, only four states have passed legislation that legalizes online poker.

For most states, it is going to take several months if not years before sportsbooks start popping up, but the process will likely move along quicker than it has for internet poker. Only three states (Nevada, New Jersey, Delaware) currently have licensed poker websites, seven years after Black Friday with Pennsylvania shortly to be added to the listing.

Currently, Nevada is the only state with legal sportsbooks in operation, but most experts predict New Jersey and Mississippi are weeks away from accepting wagers.

The Center for Gaming Research at UNLV jobs over 30 states could have legal sports betting within five decades, half of which could be taking bets over two decades.

Riding Sports Betting Coattails

PPA President Rich Muny has been on the frontlines of the war against online poker for several years, tirelessly working to convince lawmakers to pass legislation on behalf of poker players and the poker market. The process was slow and frustrating, but he believes that Monday’s ruling was also a triumph for the poker community.

“This is a great decision for customers who for years have had no alternative to wager on sports aside from the black market,” Muny stated in a press release. “It presents states with the perfect opportunity to establish sensible policies not just to regulate sports wagering, but also other types of gaming, including online poker.”

Muny said lawmakers should make it a priority to protect customers, “whether you are betting on sports or playing poker.”

“It makes sense for states which are eyeing sports betting to also realize the benefit of controlled iPoker and iGaming,” the non-profit executive opined.

“Now more than ever, states should take control of unregulated online poker and sports betting,” Muny said, “and create systems that protect adult customers and provide governments with new streams of revenue.”

Following a poll that concluded over 68 percent of its members also wager on sports, the PPA recently joined the struggle for sports betting legislation, a decision that angered some of its faithful poker-playing members. The non-profit organization continues encouraging lawmakers of online poker benefits, however.

Forgotten Man?

Forgotten in the excitement following yesterday’s SCOTUS ruling is that the man who is responsible for PASPA being overturned: the frequently criticized former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

A great day for the rights of states and their people to make their own decisions. New Jersey citizens desired sports gambling and the national Gov’t had no right to tell them no. The Supreme Court agrees with us now. I’m proud to have fought for the rights of the people of NJ.

— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) May 14, 2018

Christie, who left office in January after eight years as governor, has been fighting since 2010 to create sports betting legal in his state at casinos and racetracks. If not for the former governor, who is a former prosecutor, taking up his case with the Supreme Court following a district court struck down a bill he signed into law in 2012 that would have legalized sports betting in New Jersey, odds are PASPA would still be the law of the land.

After another failed attempt to bring sports betting to the Garden State, Christie brought his case to the Supreme Court and won. As you might have expected, Monday was a great day for the controversial former governor.

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