The Poker Grapevine – Hawaii Considering Legal Online Poker
Posted by: Randy Williams - Mon, 2012-01-30 11:01
Experts have repeatedly stated after the December flip-flop of the DoJ in regards to the 1961 Wire Act, that federal legislators would have to move fast legalizing online gambling and online poker
in order to provide a framework in which controlling underage and problem gambling as well as keeping the operators in check would be much easier than on a state-by-state basis. Experts have warned that unless a federal law was passed soon, states would take matters into their own hands. Nevada and DC have already passed online poker and gambling bills, and New Jersey is reportedly also considering a similar move.
Add a new state to the list of jurisdictions considering legalizing online gambling and poker: Hawaii. Hawaii is a rather unlikely presence on the list of states toying with the idea of legal online gambling, given the fact that there hasn’t really ever been any sort of gambling there.
The proposed Hawaii bill would create a state lottery which would operate online. The same operator would also offer online gambling and online poker services for residents of the state.
According to the bill’s language, its goal is to protect the residents of the state who gamble online, by offering them a safe-haven where they can place wagers in a secure, legal and responsible way. The sole beneficiary of the revenue generated by the proposed operation would be the state of Hawaii. The online poker/gambling operator would be accountable to the state and the Hawaii public and its operation would feature maximum transparency, safeguarded by regular audits and public reports.
In other news: on Wednesday evening, in the famous Aviation Club de Paris, the best European poker players were honored at the European Poker Awards. Several poker players left with awards, among them Sam Trickett, Bertrand Grospellier, Pius Heinz, Jake Cody and Eugene Katchalov.
Sam Trickett – currently playing down under in the Aussie Millions – was the recipient of the “Player of the Year” award.