The Poker Grapevine – DC Online Poker Law on Hold
Posted by: James Carter - Sat, 2012-01-28 11:16
and online gambling became legal in the District of Columbia in April 2011, making it the first US jurisdiction to legalize the above said online activities. The way the law was passed was reminiscent of the way lawmakers snuck the UIGEA through in 2006: the vehicle for the DC law was a budget bill, into which a councilman successfully inserted provisions which essentially made online gambling and online poker legal within the state limits. For 30 days, Congress could file objections in regards to the language of the said bill, but the period passed without any such incidents, thus the bill has effectively been turned into law.
Even with the legal framework set though, there’s hesitation among the ranks of the government in regards to actually launching an online poker operation. Lottery officials in DC have expressed their willingness and interest to launch an online poker operation within the next 30 days, test-running and fine tuning it to prepare it for full operation. According to Councilman Jack Evans however, the government is in no rush to take any concrete steps in the matter.
In addition to DC, Nevada is the only US jurisdiction where online poker and online gambling have been made legal, however the DC law could still be amended thanks to a repeal motion filed by Councilman Tommy Wells.
In other news: 35 of the 50 PokerStars TCOOP events are in the book as the series shifts into high gear over its final stretch. Several winners were crowned on Thursday again. The event featuring the smallest buy-in of the TCOOP generated immense interest. 16,951 players coughed up the $5.5 buy-in in the NLH 3x Turbo with Rebuys event, generating a prize-pool of $429,065. A player known by the online moniker “i.love.ri” won the event, taking down the $50,196 top prize.
The $33 Razz event was won by Wintyara who took home $9.5k for his efforts.
The NLH 2x Chance event and the PLO 4-Max event played down to their winners too.