Online Poker’s Big Step Forward in New York

new yorkNew York State Senator John Bonacic (R-42) has introduced a bill that would bring regulated online poker to the Empire State.

Full text of the bill (S 5302) is available here. You can track the bill’s progress here.

This marks the second consecutive year that Bonacic has introduced online poker legislation. HIs attempt in 2014 – matched by companion legislation in the Assembly –  failed to move beyond committee.

The bill is largely similar to the one introduced by Bonacic in 2014.

One key difference: this version lacks a so-called “bad actor clause” that would preclude companies, individuals or assets involved in accepting wagers from the U.S. after UIGEA from participating in New York’s regulated market.

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