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Play now!The states of Florida and Hawaii were looking to become the first states to make Internet poker legal but bills in both state senates were voted down.

It was thought that the Florida bill had a real chance to pass but the bill never made it as the Senate Criminal Justice Committee in Florida didn’t let it pass.

Tie Vote Kills the Florida Bill
The vote on the Florida bill died because of a 2-2 tie vote in the Senate Criminal Justice Committee. The bill would have taxed gross receipts on wagering and brought in an estimated $10.5 million to the state of Florida each year. The bill would have made it so that offshore poker companies didn’t take as much of the money from Florida’s poker players. The bill was popular in Florida but the Florida Sheriff's Association was against it and The Poker Players Alliance was also against the bill.

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Hawaii Bill Goes Nowhere
Hawaii is one of only two states that don’t have some sort of legalized gambling. They could have had Internet poker but Senate Bill 755 didn’t get a hearing by the House Finance Committee. The bill had made it out of the Economic Revitalization and Business Committee and the House Judiciary Committee. There was opposition to the Hawaii bill by some in the state including the Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling. The bill would have legalized Texas Holdem and Omaha poker tournaments and the legislation would have made it possible for online poker as well.

Nevada Bill Altered
The Nevada bill that would have made Internet poker legal in the state passed through the state assembly judiciary committee but it is nothing like the bill that was first introduced. Now it is just a bill that would allow intrastate poker and that might not even happen because the state is really not prepared to have an online poker network within the state of Nevada. The bill, AB 258 is nothing more than window dressing now. The bill will have the Nevada Gaming Commission and Control Board setting up rules and regulations for online poker in the future. The only thing that the bill does is make it so that the state wouldn’t have to wait if the United States ever legalizes or regulates online poker.

 

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