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Online Poker and the US Lottery

Online Poker and the US Lottery


Online poker is now legal in several states. Some of them are more liberal than others. Aside from Nevada, online poker is not legal in California, Illinois, Florida, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, or South Dakota.

Poker has a long history in the US. In the late 19th century, James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok played what is now known as the “dead man’s hand” on a poker table at his Deadwood, Missouri, hotel before being killed. Other states have passed laws that allow or restrict certain forms of gaming, mainly poker. However, it has been a long time since a state has made a major move in the direction of online gambling.

The first state to legalize and regulate online poker was Delaware. Since then, the state has allowed two more sites to launch, and its small size has afforded it some room for more growth in the future. This is also one of the few states where players can play against players from other states.

Another state that is attempting to make the leap to the online gambling world is Connecticut. While the state has a small population, it has a number of land-based casinos that feature poker rooms. One such place is the Parkwest Bicycle Casino, commonly called “The Bike” by locals. It is a popular tourist destination, attracting thousands of people each day.

Iowa has been in the discussion about whether or not to legalize online poker. Lawmakers have proposed a bill to regulate online gambling, but it hasn’t advanced far. Nebraska is another state that has been on the fence about online gambling. But, in the next few years, it will be one of the first to launch a sports betting site.

Oklahoma has also been in the discussion, but a lack of support has kept the state from advancing the legislation. Meanwhile, Arkansas has never passed any legislation that would make a state-based online poker site legal. In other words, the pro-poker bill hasn’t made it past the House of Representatives.

New York has been in the pro-online poker game for a while, but hasn’t had much success. The state has had a few legislative attempts over the past few years.

Hawaii has been one of the most staunchly anti-gambling states in the country, and has had a long history of denying other forms of gambling. On the other hand, the state has made a splash by hosting the World Series of Poker Circuit series. If the state passes a bill in the near future to permit online poker, it could be a significant step forward.

Illinois has been a little more open to the idea of regulating online poker, but it still hasn’t seen a major legislative change. That may change in the coming years, as lawmakers introduce a pro-poker bill that is expected to make it all the way to the House floor.

The UIGEA (Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act) has been in effect for some time. But, a few of the most lenient states have finally started offering online poker.