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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Delaware has become the first US state to launch a complete online poker and gambling operation following a successful week-long trial with a group of selected participants.
Three leading Delaware Casinos began official online operations last Friday, offering a number of real-money online poker games, as well as a selection extra casino titles.
Powered by 888 Poker software, the platform offered by all three casinos; Delaware Park, Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway feature the same easy-to-follow user interface as the renowned World Series of Poker website in Nevada and include no-limit hold’em and pot-limit Omaha cash games, with several multi-table tournaments set to be added in the not-too-distant future.
Leading the unique features of Delaware’s online poker tables is Face2Face poker; allowing players to see their opponents through the use of webcams. The impressive software also allows players to multi-table, table resizing and player notes.
To participate, all players must be physically located in Delaware, and a social security number must be provided to ensure US citizenship, thereby excluding international players from participation.
With the announcement and launch, Delaware joins Nevada as states to offer regulated online poker in 2013.
New Jersey, who announced a similar form of online gambling and poker via bases in Atlantic City a few months ago, is planning to launch its regulated internet Poker service in under two weeks (November 26). Several gambling industry heavyweights including Caesars and 888 were granted final approval on Friday, capping off a particularly big day for Online Poker in North America.
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