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Hawaii To Consider Online Poker In 2017

State Will Again Debate Benefits On Online Casino Gaming


Hawaii has thrown its hat into the ring for possible online poker legalization in 2017.

A new bill was introduced on Jan. 20 that would establish the “Hawaii internet lottery and gaming corporation.” Revenue from internet poker would go toward public schools and the University of Hawaii system, among other programs.

The bill would allow a wide array of casino games. Internet sports betting would not be allowed however, according to the 28-page bill. Gamblers must be at least 19.

The legislation would also permit Hawaii to enter into partnerships with other states for the online games. Only Nevada and Delaware share online poker liquidity.

Another component of the bill would call for internet gaming to help boost tourism to Hawaii, thanks to “land-based gaming entertainment events.”

Hawaii doesn’t have any brick-and-mortar casinos, which puts it in the minority of states.

The state has tried in the past to pass online gambling legislation. Hawaii found that tens of thousands of its residents currently play on offshore gaming sites.

Other places considering online poker in 2017 include Pennsylvania, California, New York, Michigan, Massachusetts and Washington State. Pennsylvania is considered the front runner to legalize and regulate the games next. The Keystone State has 12 casinos.

It’s now going on four years since a state legalized online poker for real money. All the legislative efforts this year could be rendered useless should the Trump administration reverse a 2011 re-interpretation of the 1961 Wire Act that paved the way for states to allow intrastate internet gambling.

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