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DFS Legal in New York. Does this Open a Door for Online Gambling, too?



The authorities of New York surely took their time to reach a decision on the nature of daily fantasy sports. The debate started last year, when New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman ordered DraftKings and FanDuel, the two largest DFS operators in the US (and the world) to cease and desist, since he considered their service to be nothing but a form of gambling. He was not the first to do so (Nevada has introduced DFS regulation similar to the one applied to online gambling before him), but he was the most important official to attack the business, since New York is the largest market for the two companies I mentioned above. The decision of the authorities to legalize daily fantasy sports is surely a huge step ahead for the industry and the players alike.

But there are other, similar activities that are still in the legislative limbo in the state. Like the question of legal online casino and poker games.

How about online casinos?

Online casinos are a lot different from daily fantasy sports, as they don’t involve any skill mentionable. You can visit Online Casinos in CA and try them yourself to see the difference: they are based mainly on chance, or luck. They are not games of skill, but a form of real money entertainment, and approving them in the state would offer wide access to them for any resident of the state (not just those living around / visiting its land-based gambling destinations). The state has no online casino laws in discussion right now, and it might never even have any in the near future.

Online poker “under construction”

The New York Senate has approved its first online poker bill last week since the whole online gambling regulation was put into discussion in the US. And it was a devastating win for the pro-poker legislators: after a lively debate between Sen. John Bonacic, the sponsor of the bill, and Sen. Liz Krueger, one of the hottest opponents of the whole industry, the Senate voted 53 to 5 in favor of the bill. To make the taste of victory even sweeter, the bill was approved on Sen. Bonacic’s birthday, even despite Sen. Krueger’s rant about how the internet and the smartphones turn Americans into zombies.

While this is surely a major step forward, it’s not yet a success – and it might not even be enough for the state to have a poker regulation. The bill still has to pass through the Assembly (it won’t this year, for sure), and it may never become a reality. Right now, it’s nothing but a bit of hope for those who want to play a game of poker on the go. And that’s something, I guess.


What will the future hold? Only time will tell!

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