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A bill to regulate online poker in New York will be re-introduced in 2015, but is unlikely to reach a vote or become law.
That’s per Assemblyman Gary Pretlow,who heads the Assembly Committee on Racing and Wagering.
“Online poker will not happen within the year, but there will probably be hearings,” Pretlow told GamblingCompliance.
Pretlow made similar comments to GamblingCompliance in May of 2014.
At the time, Bonacic told OPR that he viewed the bill’s introduction as a way to “start having a discussion on the issue” rather than a direct path to regulation.
2014 also saw MGM launch a campaign in support of online poker regulation in New York.
MGM’s support comes despite their current lack of involvement in New York’s gaming market.
There are a host of issues that might dampen lawmaker’s enthusiasm for regulating online poker.
“It’s not working so well in New Jersey,” Pretlow noted to GamblingCompliance.
But, of course, the baseline for measuring success in New Jersey is Gov Chris Christie’s fundamentally flawed (to put it kindly) projections for regulated online gambling revenue.
The still-evolving picture for New York’s latest round of land-based casino expansion could present a more formidable hurdle for online poker advocates.
New York officials shut out online poker supporter Caesars when three land-based licenses were awarded in December 2014.
And Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently asked the state Gaming Commission to reopen bidding for a fourth license that the Commission declined to award.
Cuomo’s intervention could trigger delays on the land-based side that might ultimately push online poker further down the legislative priority list.