Washington D.C. Looks to Legalize Online Poker
By Ian Hiaring, Rakeback.com Poker News Staff Writer
The District of Columbia is throwing its hat into the ring of states (or in this case district) that are looking to become the first to add revenue to their coffers by legalizing online gaming.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Washington D.C.’s city council last year approved a budget that has provisions for the district’s lottery to set up online poker that would only be available to residents of Washington D.C.
Currently Florida, Nevada, California and Iowa have similar bills up for debate that would allow intrastate online gaming. So far nobody has come as close to fully realizing legalized online gaming as New Jersey did earlier this year, when a bill passed in state congress, only to be vetoed at the last minute by the governor.
Like most of the other efforts across the U.S. to legalize online gaming, the driving force behind the scene is money. Washington D.C.’s provision was introduced by City Councilman Michael Brown, and he’s clearly aware of the added dollars that could become available if it passes.
“I figured that online poker was already happening here, and we just want to capture some of those revenue dollars,” Brown said. “Every little bit helps.”
According to the article, Congress will have until Thursday to raise any objections to the proposed law. If there are none, it would be allowed to take effect.
Stay tuned and the RakeBack.com News Staff will keep you up to date on this developing story.