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A Look at a Future U.S. Online Poker Market

The Big Players In A Licensed And Regulated Online Poker Market

by Brian Pempus |  Published: Oct 19, 2011

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Six months ago, the largest offshore online poker sites were shut down in the United States. Since that time, discussions centered on licensing and regulating online poker have heated up at both the federal and state levels. Such regulations would put the United States in company with 85 other nations that have already chosen to legalize, regulate and tax Internet gaming. Industry estimates say legalizing online poker could generate $2 billion in annual tax revenue and create 10,000 high-tech jobs. Now, more so than ever, politicians are taking a hard look at poker as a means to put a dent into high unemployment and record deficits. The American Gaming Association, the industry’s most powerful lobby, which once opposed online gambling, released a public statement in March outlining a stance that now supports online poker in the U.S. Democrats and Republicans alike have introduced legislation to tax and regulate the industry. ...


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