Online Poker Not Assured for Massachusetts

by | Published: Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Following more lengthy debate involving key personnel, it seems online poker will not be breaking into the Massachusetts market any time soon.

While the state’s first Las Vegas/Atlantic City-style commercial casino may only be a few years away, the Milford Daily News reported recently that the vendors and regulators would likely leave the idea of online poker on the backburner until such time as the casino properties are completely up and running and 100% stable.

Outlined in the Milford Daily News report, the state’s leading gaming regulator was quoted as saying “We also have taken the position that Massachusetts shouldn’t do anything in online gambling until our bricks-and-mortar people are selected, because they out to be at the table when we do this. You can’t expect somebody to give us $85 million and then spend a billion to build a facility and change the rules of the game on them a year or two down the road,” Further highlighting internet betting as a whole as a “major unknown question.”

Massachusetts made huge steps towards a completely legalized gambling state in 2011, when allowing three Las Vegas-style casinos and a slots parlor, though it has been a slow process since as the state has continued to debate as to who will receive building and license rights.

Many firms have tried their hand at competing for the licenses in question, which are authorized for many varying locations throughout the state, and as of 2013, only a handful remain in the hunt.

Currently, only Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware have legalized web poker.

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