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US Online Poker And Gambling Momentum Tracker

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.

  Illinois

   Momentum status: Slightly up (last updated Dec. 8)

The lowdown: 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.

But as 2018 begins, there’s chatter of an omnibus gaming bill that would delve into a number of gaming issues in parallel. It might face an uphill battle, as it’s an election year. But the fact that we’re heading into a year with Illinois still on the radar is a positive development.

 Massachusetts

   Momentum status: Slightly up (last updated Dec. 8)

The lowdown: 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.

If Massachusetts takes a serious look at sports gambling in 2018, that could mean the possibility of looking more closely at other gaming expansions in tandem. That could open a door for online gambling.

  Michigan

   Momentum status: Up (last updated Jan. 4)

The lowdown: 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.

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 Dec. 8)

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: Treading water (last updated Jan. 4)

The lowdown: The legislature is back, and the online poker bills from 2017 are back in play. 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.