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New York Online Poker Efforts Shelved Until 2019

Legislation Again Stalls In Assembly

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With the New York 2018 legislative session ending late last month, online poker proponents will—again—have to wait until next year for a law change.

Despite legislation advancing in the Senate in yet another session, the proposal stalled over in the Assembly. There wasn’t even a vote held on the bill in the Assembly.

However, 2018 offered some much-needed optimism for New York’s online poker efforts.

In late May, MGM Resorts announced that it had reached a deal to acquire Empire City Casino, a slots and racetrack gambling facility located in Yonkers, about 15 miles from Times Square. MGM is a longtime supporter of online poker and has pushed for it in the Empire State. Additionally, in mid-May, the U.S. Supreme Court gave states the green light to accept sports bets, both online and in-person. The ruling bolsters states’ rights when it comes to authorizing various forms of online betting. New York also failed to pass a sports betting bill in 2018.

Assemblyman Gary Pretlow is the lawmaker spearheading online poker efforts in his legislative chamber. Historically, Pretlow has given a fairly wide range of comments pertaining to online poker, but this past spring he said that “we are going to get [online poker] done.”

That didn’t happen this year. According to OnlinePokerReport, Pretlow believed he was just eight votes away from passing the legislation through the Assembly.