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Colorado Attorney General Issues Opinion On Possible Online Gambling Legislation

State Constitution Would Need Amendment To Authorize Online Wagers

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Colorado Attorney General John SuthersThe state of Colorado will explore the possibility of licensing and regulating online poker in 2014. According to Attorney General John Suthers, however, the Colorado Constitution will need to be amended first.

In a formal opinion published on Monday, Suthers tackled the subject head on, answering questions from the Colorado Division of Gaming on subjects such as a gambler’s location and the voter approval process.

Suthers stated that “under Colorado law, a bet is placed where the person placing the bet is located,” meaning that only those located within the state’s borders would be allowed to gamble. This is in line with the same regulations in place in Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey, which have already authorized online wagering.

Colorado lawmakers drafted an online poker measure in 2013, but didn’t introduce the bill. However, the state’s Gaming Association expects it to be a significant part of the 2014 legislative session.

There are nearly 40 casinos and parimutuel facilities in Colorado, which only allows a maximum bet of $100 on any given deal or roll of the dice. There are 12 card rooms in the state, with a total of 110 poker tables.