USA: First State allows online poker
What a long wait
is good at last – many poker fans in the US have been thinking for a few days now. Because at least the players in Nevada can look forward
to playing poker on the internet again soon. Starting in February, the state of Nevada – home of the gambling metropolis Las Vegas – allows online poker again,
but only for players in their own state. Major progress was made last week at the US Online Gaming Law Conference in Las Vegas. During the conference, the Nevada Gaming Control Board (GCB) decided
Allow online poker again and give licenses to online poker providers. For the poker players from Nevada that means: finally playing again on the net. GCB President
justifies the pleasing decision as follows: “We have greatly improved our standards. While we still want to be flexible,
we’ve raised the bar for licensing and running online poker. ” Nevada is also thrilled to open up the market in the US Poker Players Alliance (PPA). Jon Porter
Advisor to the PPA
sees the move from Nevada a step in the right direction: “We are closer to legalization than before”. But not only from Nevada are getting good news these days.
Also in California the legalization of online poker is no longer critical. According to the website “Gambling911”, there should be two bills to
make online poker in California possible. The Californian Online Poker Association is pleased about this development because it allows nearly two million people in California finally able to play poker on the Internet legally. The hard restrictions on online gambling currently seem to waver in the US. The providers of online casinos & Co. are already preparing for a market entry and are waiting in the starting blocks. But while it seems to be progressing in America
, Germany still has some way to go
before speaking of a meaningfully regulated gambling market.