06/23/2017 – Illinois House & iGaming

Weekly Update from Rich Muny, Vice President

Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations

A few weeks ago, I shared the news that the full Illinois Senate passed H. 479, which would license and regulate online poker, online casino-style gaming and daily fantasy sports (DFS) in that state. The measure passed with by strong 42-10 margin.

The issue is now back in the Illinois House, where they are currently in a special session to work on the budget. The state has gone almost three years without a budget, and several industry observers believe there is a chance that iGaming/DFS regulation could be in the mix.

Analysis by Online Poker Report predicts that thirteen to fifteen entities would apply for iGaming licenses in Illinois. A combination of license fees and tax revenue means that Illinois iGaming could produce nearly $300 million for the state of Illinois.

If you reside in Illinois, please be sure to send your elected representatives a prefilled, editable letter in support of online poker (IL residents only).

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New York Update

Last week, I shared the news that the New York Senate passed legislation to license online poker. Unfortunately, the Assembly adjourned this year’s session on Wednesday without taking up their version of an iPoker bill.

I thank everyone who advocated for our game in the Empire State. It helped us get very close in 2017 while giving poker good momentum for the fight there in 2018.

Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny Webcast

On this week’s show, PPA Pennsylvania State Director Judah Rosenstein returns to the program for a discussion on the progress of poker legislation in Pennsylvania and the overall poker fight. Please be sure to check it out!

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This week’s headlines:

Daily recaps from the 2017 World Series of Poker – ESPN (06/23/2017)

Twitch and YouTube Streamers Flock to Global Poker – Poker News (06/23/2017)

Watchdog clamps down on online gambling – BBC (06/23/2017)

New Study Puts To Bed Notion That NJ Online Gambling Is Anything But A Win – US Poker (06/22/2017)

A Good Omen For PA Online Gambling? Gov. Wolf Says He Wants ‘Real Revenue’ From Gaming Package – Online Poker Report (06/22/2017)

What’s The Holdup For NY Online Poker? Assembly Adjourns Without Voting On Bill – US Poker (06/22/2017)

PA Senator Says Online Gambling Isn’t Slowing Down Gaming Package, It’s VGTs – Online Poker Report (06/22/2017)

Exclusive: Fake online stores reveal gamblers’ shadow banking system – Reuters (06/22/2017)

World’s Largest Online Poker Company Heads for the Fastest-Growing Smartphone Market – Bloomberg (06/21/2017)

Illinois Online Gambling, Fantasy Sports Bills Stir To Life During Special Session – Online Poker Report (06/20/2017)

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