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    Default Bill to legalize international pools for NJ online poker may be introduced next week

    According to a report from Online Poker Report, New Jersey state Sen. Ray Lesniak intends to introduce legislation to allow people outside of the state to place bets at NJ online casinos and poker rooms on Aug. 25.

    The news represents the first step for the possibility of international and interstate player pooling, a move that could drastically increase the ceiling for NJ online poker sites. But, as we all know, the bill is by no means a slam dunk and will face its share of resistance.

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    Lesniak’s effort faces a number of hurdles. The most serious one will be gaining attention and momentum for a bill during an election year for New Jersey. Senators and assemblymembers will be campaigning for their seats, and the state will also choose a governor to succeed Chris Christie.


    The bill, while it would help NJ’s gaming industry, is not necessarily a hot button issue. But certainly there are both politicians and gaming industry interests that wouldn’t mind seeing NJ become the “Mecca of Internet gaming,” as Lesniak has put it.

    Of course, reelection won’t be an issue for Lesniak as he works to move the bill forward.

    A better bet for changes to online gambling law would be 2018, after election season is over, although the effort isn’t dead on arrival in 2017.

    The state could, at some point, to go back into the sports betting law that court challenges have held up so far. Federal law currently prohibits single-game sports gambling outside of Nevada.
    Read the entire article by clicking the link below and let us know what you think. Is this realistic, or just another bill that will float around for years and never get over the hump?

    https://www.onlinepokerreport.com/26...gambling-bill/
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Buzz View Post
    Read the entire article by clicking the link below and let us know what you think. Is this realistic, or just another bill that will float around for years and never get over the hump?
    [x] Just another bill that will float around for years and never get over the hump.

    Let us think about this logically for a second. New Jersey is unwilling to share its player pool with its neighbor Delaware, who has regulated online gambling. Nor is NJ willing to share its player pool with Nevada, the gambling capital of the United States, who also has regulated online poker. Delaware and Nevada have managed to set up a compact and share player pools to improve their liquidity. New Jersey has refused to participate. (Don't you think uniting all of the existing regulated markets would be a clear sign to other states to pursue regulation efforts? -- Clearly the state of New Jersey does not!)

    So now I a supposed to believe that New Jersey will find a way to share their player pools with other countries? Surely it would be an order of magnitude to share it with other states. Given that that has not happened yet, I think the likely hood of this bill coming to fruition is slim and none.



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