Florida May Regulate Intranet Poker

by Lou on January 23, 2010

Florida lawmakers are considering legalizing and regulating online poker for local residents. Analysts in the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability—the state’s research branch—are considering three possibilities: allow online poker, ban online poker, or wait to see what the US government decides to do about regulating online poker in the United States.
One problem with banning Internet poker is enforcing a ban against it, as evidenced by the US government’s inability to prevent players from gambling on websites hosted in other countries. Enforcing a ban means IP addresses need to be traced, followed by an investigation that’s likely to cost the state money don’t really have.

By allowing and regulating online poker in Florida, legislators could cut down on the use of unregulated sites offshore.

While Florida is preparing to grapple with the issue of Intranet poker, so is New Jersey and California is also likely to examine this opportunity in 2010. While this is going on, the US government may yet get to vote on Barney Frank’s bill that would tax and regulate online gaming sites.

That’s a lot of action in the coming year … with online (Intranet) poker seeking life in New Jersey, California, and Florida—and Internet poker under consideration by way of Barney Frank’s legislation that would effectively emasculate UIGEA, and tax and license online sites in the US.


John February 8, 2010 at 6:09 am

"An advocacy group for online poker said Tuesday that the federal government has frozen more than $30 million in the accounts of payment processors that handle the winnings of thousands of online poker players.

The Justice Department long has maintained that Internet gambling is illegal, a view that the poker group challenges."


John February 8, 2010 at 6:15 am

We'll see what happen's to Barney Frank's proposed regulation of online gambling June 2010. From my understanding, banks are currently turning a blind eye to any US players because they're waiting for the outcome June 2010.

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