Will Iowa have legal online poker
Okay, I’ve heard about the efforts to pass legislation allowing online gambling in New Jersey (and of the delay by the governor in signing the bill into law). And the efforts to make online poker legal in both Florida and California. But I seem to have missed the news on Iowa. Perhaps because it’s Iowa. But the news is out that the Iowa senate is poised to debate legislation that would allow for licensed and regulated online poker within the Iowa state boundaries. To take advantage of the online poker bill, residents of the state would have to be at least 21 years old and play at state-regulated casinos.
Now there is a bit of a drawback to the three current bills under consideration to allow online poker. They all would only cover poker played within the boundaries of each state and at online poker rooms licensed and regulated by the state. If you talk to a player of online poker, you’ll soon discover that the poker world is a very international place. Poker players want to play at online poker rooms that offer them a chance to play against other players from all over the globe. In fact a big draw for online poker is the chance to play against or at least watch others play against poker pros on the site. Also the big poker rooms often offer tournaments with prize pages to major poker events around the world.
There’s no information this early in the game if the state regulated online poker rooms will be tied in with existing poker rooms or smaller sites restricted only to state residents. Now, in California and Florida this may be a bit of a drawback for players but there are enough players in each state to make a state-only poker room successful. Iowa I’m not so sure about.