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New Hampshire Online Poker Bill Falls By Wayside

State Will Not Be The Fifth With Regulated I-Gaming

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A piece of legislation to legalize regulated real-money online poker in New Hampshire failed to advance Tuesday.

Lawmakers in the State House voted unanimously 23-0 that the legislation was “inexpedient to legislate.” In other words, the issue will be revisited during the next legislative session.

The bill was introduced in January and didn’t receive much attention in the following months. It failed to make its way out of a House committee.

New Hampshire wasn’t able to pass the online casino bill despite it being among a handful of states with legal online lottery services.

The inaction by New Hampshire came just days after Pennsylvania, home to the nation’s second largest commercial gambling market, passed a far-reaching gambling expansion package that includes online poker.

Pennsylvania was just the fourth state to allow online gaming since a late 2011 decision by the Obama Administration to give states the right to establish their own laws pertaining to online betting, whether it be the lottery or casino games (with the exception of sports betting).

Pennsylvania discussed online poker for about five years before finally pulling the trigger. New Hampshire’s bill, HB 562, was just a shell measure, which means that the details of how its online poker industry would work were left out pending further discussions.

Other states considering some form of online gaming include New York, Michigan, Massachusetts, Illinois and West Virginia. California remains the most coveted prize for the industry, thanks to its nearly 40 million people, but the state’s land-based casino industry can’t reach a deal on internet betting.