Daily Archives: April 25, 2011

Washington DC joins the race to be the first to legalize Online Poker

Casino Watch Focus reported that the New Jersey legislature was the first to pass a measure to legalize online poker.  Many States waited to see if the bill would be vetoed or be passed and face numerous legal hurdles.  That question was answered when New Jersey Gov. Christie vetoed the bill, leaving the legal questions and the race to be the first open.  Now, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Washington DC has joined the discussion:

Washington, D.C., is poised to become the first place in the U.S. to allow online poker, challenging the federal government’s effective ban on the practice in its own backyard.

The city council approved a budget last year allowing the district’s lottery to operate a poker website accessible only inside district boundaries. City officials say the window for Congress to raise objections to the law was due to expire Thursday, allowing it to take effect.

Opening the district to online gambling could make the nation’s capital the  first test case for “intrastate” online poker, which allows only players within a state—or the district—to gamble on a site.

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