Florida Considering Legalising Online Poker
First it was New Jersey, now Florida is getting in on the action with plans to legalise online poker starting to take shape. According to recent reports Florida is the latest name to be added to the list of states considering taking advantage of the massive financial benefits of legalising online poker. While the initial legislation is only proposing that horse tracks, dog tracks and jaialai frontons are allowed to run online poker rooms, the obvious next step would be to allow the industry’s biggest players, such as PokerStars, Full Tilt and Party Poker, to offer games to Florida’s residents. However, many of the larger sites currently operating feel that intrastate legislation would shut them out of the market and are keen to see national regulation instead.
Whatever the short terms ramifications, it seems as though online poker is becoming more of a hot topic in the United States. Indeed, with many officials now seeing the potential benefits of regulating the industry it seems as though future for the online game could be positive. While it’s still too early to say for definite which way the market will go, it certainly seems like good news for poker players in Florida at least.