The New York State Senate has included revenue from legalized, regulated online poker in its 2017-18 budget plan. But before you New York poker players break out the ticker tape start dancing, a couple of caveats.
All eyes is going to be on Gary Pretlow this year, as the New York State Assemblyman has insisted he will put his weight behind online poker within the lower chamber.
First, internet poker was also included in the first draft regarding the Senate's 2016-17 budget and yet regulation didn't happen. It was omitted of the last variation.
And second, neither the homely House nor Governor Andrew Cuomo has made room for on-line poker regulation in their own personal budget plans.
The step that is next then, lies in the Senate convincing the home to come up to speed with their plan, or at least the online poker part of it. Whether the homely House is willing and able is really anyone's guess.
Poker in the House
Senator John Bonacic's on-line poker bill sailed through the Senate last year, passed away by an emphatic margin of 53 to 5. But Bonacic's counterpart in the low chamber, Representative Gary Pretlow, dragged his heels, grumbling about it being a '1000-1 shot' and, at one point, also questioned whether poker was a game of skill at all.
It ended up being an astonishing statement since one of the principle aims of the bill he was sponsoring was to reclassify poker as a casino game of skil