Massachusetts Senate Sinks Online Poker Push

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An amendment that would have regulated online poker in Massachusetts has been removed from the State Senate’s budget bill, according to a report at PokerFuse.

Word of the planned amendment emerged in late May. It was the second attempt in as many months by Massachusetts legislators to attach online poker to the annual budget process.

Massachusetts could probably support a reasonably-sized intrastate poker market. And the state hasn’t been as hostile to the idea of interstate compacts as Pennsylvania or California. All in all, online gambling regulation passing in MA would be a big win for online poker players.

But the rumblings for this amendment weren’t good from the start:

Combine that with MA’s protracted process of land-based gambling expansion and we could be looking at a multi-year wait for any serious online poker initiative in Massachusetts.

- Chris is the publisher of Grove also serves as a consultant to various stakeholders in the regulated market for online gambling in the United States.
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