Poker in AC; Poker in LV; Poker online


Joe Cada, 21, wraps his arms around his $8.5 million winnings after beating Darvin Moon in the final round of the 2009 World Series of Poker at the Rio.

It may be that gambling on the Internet is coming to a head.  Congress is holding hearings on legalizing Internet gambling and though it is no slam dunk, the refrain: “If we don’t do it, someone else gets the money” is being heard in the hall of Congress; this time the issue has gathered considerable support and unlike the law prohibiting it, it will not be hidden as an attachment to a national security bill.  Keeping the money at home is the logic used in nearly every state these days as expanded gaming is debated.

It is all about the money. The need to raise more revenue is driving congress just as it has driven most of the state legislatures over the past year; it is also a fact that gambling already exists everywhere and accepted in all but a handful of states; and finally if we don’t do it, someone else will, as in the neighboring states, or in this case off-shore foreign Internet gamblers.  The benefits of the tax and licensing revenue and the associated benefits of having the disposal income of locals spent at home rather than in that foreign place makes the argument compelling and it lately it almost always carries the day.

In the next two months three states, Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia are adding table games for exactly those reasons; allowing local casinos to be more competitive, keeping the money home and raising the funds needed by the state to funds its services; all of that without imposing any direct tax on the citizens; what a deal!

While Congress debates the issue, the gaming world moves on; the World Series of Poker is getting set to begin, satellite tournaments in Atlantic City and other cities are helping to set the stage; Harrah’s and Williams have hired some online specialists and are preparing themselves for the possibility of legalized online gambling, the major online gambling companies include in their quarterly statements some notice of their readiness to enter the American market and even the American Gaming Association has changed its position from blanket opposition to a conditional approval.

And just to show how much casino companies are staying tuned on the Internet, the Tropicana in Atlantic City just announced it has passed 7,700 fans on its Facebook page.  Facebook may just be a marketing tool, or it may be a beachhead into Internet gambling; if online poker suddenly became legal, the Trop will have seven thousand, seven hundred players already signed up and ready to play.


1 Response to “Poker in AC; Poker in LV; Poker online”

  1. 1 Poker Events Listings » WSOP 2010 Trackback on May 29, 2010 at 9:38 am

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