Poker Bill Passes Senate Committee
The Senate committee has given the nod to a bill aimed at bringing online poker under state regulation in Iowa. The Senate State Government Committee voted 11-4 in favour of allowing the acing and Gaming Commission to establish a structure allowing competing hub operators to partner with state licensed casinos.
Under the new rules, players aged 21 and over who were located inside Iowa’s borders would be able to play online poker, using accounts registered with licensed casinos.
“I don’t see this as an expansion of gambling,” said Sen. Rick Bertrand, R-Sioux City. “I see this as an expansion of freedom.”
Supporters of the bill believe that it would improve safety for Iowa’s gamblers, and that regulation was better than the alternative – players using illegal offshore websites.|
The decision is not the first move towards regulated poker in the USA – several other states are considering similar moves, and there are also discussions taking place at a federal level.