Poker Year in Review
5. States’ Rights in Action
Even before Black Friday, many American state governments recognized online poker’s potential to raise revenues during a brutal recession. These moves have met with mixed results and the final outcome is anybody’s guess. But in Hawaii, Nevada and Washington D.C., serious efforts are being made to offer some form of legalized online poker. Nevada seems the obvious choice for this sort of action and they’re definitely moving forward fast and furious.
A state’s right to make laws that conflict with Federal laws is a pretty serious, and complicated, issue. Legalizing online poker will probably fall into a legal grey area similar to Medical Marijuana Dispensaries. These are legal in some states, and the Feds turn a blind eye to the activities (most of the time anyways).