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Which states is Online Poker Report actively tracking for online poker and casino legislation?

Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware all have some form of legal online gambling in place. But more states are likely to join them, perhaps as soon as next year.

Here is a look at the states we’re tracking right now. This list will update as events warrant. You can find a full legislative tracker here.

Connecticut

   Momentum status: Up (last updated April 9)

The lowdown: Things have escalated quickly in the state, as both gaming tribes in the state have come out in support of iGaming. Still, it’s not clear that the state will act on this front this year. But Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods being on board is big.

  Illinois

   Momentum status: Treading water (last updated April 9)

The lowdown: There are plenty of vehicles for gaming expansions in the state, including the possibility of an omnibus gaming bill that hasn’t surfaced yet. There are no less than four sports betting bills in play. But sources in Springfield tell us passing any gaming bill is going to be a reach in an election year.

That being said, there was a sports betting hearing in the state legislature last week.

Illinois burst onto the scene as a real contender to legalize online gambling in 2017, when the Senate easily and surprisingly approved a bill. The House didn’t vote on the legislation, and slim hopes of something happening late in 2017 came and went.

 Massachusetts

   Momentum status: Treading water (last updated April 9)

The lowdown: A bill surfaced to start the year that is an over-arching gaming bill that appears to allow for online gambling. More here. The bill’s focus, however, is daily fantasy sports. A hearing was held on the bill in February. But since then, it’s been largely crickets.

The gaming commission in Massachusetts remains one of the most up-to-speed organizations when it comes to new forms of gaming. The latest example: It’s now preparing for the possibility of sports betting.

Michigan

   Momentum status: Slightly up (last updated April 9)

The lowdown: It’s been pretty quiet in the statehouse, but a report from GamblingCompliance (paywall) has the Senate majority leader getting in the mix, which would be a good development.

A House committee approved an online gambling bill at the end of 2017, and added online sports betting to the mix. That puts the bill in front of the full House to start 2018. But there has been no movement so far.

It still seems like there’s a tough road ahead for the Michigan bill, but progress is progress.

  New Hampshire

   Momentum status: Slightly down (last updated April 9)

The lowdown: New Hampshire authorized online lottery sales earlier in 2017. But that momentum did not carry over to online casino and poker, as a bill died in November.

Still, the prospect remains that the state could take up the issue again in 2018, running iGaming through the state lottery.

  New York

   Momentum status: Up (last updated April 13)

The lowdown: The legislature is back, and the online poker bills from 2017 are back in play. Assemblyman Clyde Vanel has become the primary voice of optimism, predicting support to snowball in the coming weeks. There is also a possibility that online poker and sports betting are paired in legislation.

The Senate approved online poker last year, but it must do so again to send the legislation to the Assembly. With a budget deficit in play, hope springs eternal that this is the year New York gets online poker done.