Although there seems to be no movement in Washington DC to legalize online gambling or online poker, the situation is under great scrutiny and debate in individual states. In the United States, each state does have the ability to pass laws within its boundaries that may vary from federal law. Of course there are limits, but so far the federal government doesn’t seem to feel online gambling is such at threat that they want to tackle the states considering legalizing online gambling. And more than one state is doing so. Okay, first I have to mention Washington State for the opposition. Washington State is the one state where online poker is not questionable in its legality. It’s a federal offense. But other states haven’t gone to that extent and now we have two considering legalizing online poker and one looking at legalizing online gambling within state boundaries.
New Jersey is on the verge of passing legislation to allow online gambling in the state. The online sites would have to be run by existing casinos in Atlantic City and would only offer their services within the state. But the legislation is still waiting the governor’s signature and the delay has some players concerned. Meanwhile California is still working on legislation to allow online poker within the state. And meanwhile Florida has been steadily working towards legalizing online poker. The state legislature admits that players within the state are already playing online. But the state isn’t benefiting from funds that could be collected from the activity. And they aren’t able to offer players any protection from unethical online casinos. Legalizing online gambling would allow them to do both and they may have the process in place as soon as this summer. That could put them ahead of both California and New Jersey.