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US Online Poker And Gambling Momentum Tracker

Which states are being actively tracked for online poker and casino legislation by Online Poker Report?

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: Down (last updated May 15)

The lowdown: The CT legislature adjourned on May 9 without resolving any gaming issues.

Things were looking up for a bit, as both gaming tribes in the state came out in support of iGaming. Having Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods on board is big, but time ran out on Connecticut. House leaders indicated that any gaming bills were unlikely to pass until the East Windsor situation is sorted out.

Federal changes have kept the state on this list for now, though. The US Supreme Court decision to allow states to regulate sports betting has sparked some chatter in the capital. Gov. Dannel Malloy says he wants to call lawmakers into a special session this spring to revisit sports betting.

It’s at least possible, though unlikely, that iGaming could be part of a special session.

 

  Illinois

   Momentum status: Treading water (last updated May 2)

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 five standalone sports betting bills in play, too. But sources in Springfield tell us passing any gaming bill is going to be a reach in an election year.

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.

The conversation has seemingly shifted to sports betting in 2018, so the omnibus route may be the most direct path for Illinois to pursue expansion in the short term.

 

  Massachusetts

   Momentum status: Treading water (last updated April 26)

The lowdown: A over-arching gaming bill that appears to allow for online gambling surfaced this year. 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.

According to the Boston Globe, a panel currently studying online gambling is slated to issue recommendations this summer.

 

  Michigan

   Momentum status: Treading water (last updated May 21)

The lowdown: A House committee approved an online gambling bill at the end of 2017 and added online sports betting to the mix. The bill has yet to reappear in 2018, but we’re aware of significant movement beneath the surface.

Rep. Brandt Iden voiced plans to amend his bill and push for a vote this session. Although the state’s three commercial casinos support the bill, they’re not the only interests involved. Native American gaming tribes back expansion as a concept, but they did not give full support to the original bill as written.

In mid-May, Iden released a draft of his updated proposal. The legislature is set to adjourn on June 21, and whether or not the bill comes up for discussion seems to be a coin flip right now. Some lingering debate remains over the legality of online gambling under Michigan’s constitution.

 

  New York

   Momentum status: It’s complicated (last updated May 24)

The lowdown: Assemblyman Clyde Vanel has become the primary voice of optimism in New York, having predicted support for online gambling to snowball in recent months. He was right.

Assemblyman Gary Pretlow says he’s signed almost 60 co-sponsors onto his standalone bill, falling a bit short of his target. He’s asked Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie to help push the bill to a vote before the session ends, but there’s no clear sense of progress at the moment.

The Senate approved online poker last year, but it must do so again to send its pending legislation to the Assembly. With a budget deficit in play, will this be the year New York gets online poker done?