The Latest in The US Casino Legislation Debate

Posted on August 26th, 2011

Online casinos are banned in the US- well, carrying out casino transactions are banned at least (as ever, the legal world is murky at best). But in the latest twist in the ongoing debate as to whether the US should regulate online gambling like the UK, Nevada casino regulators have recently proposed new rules for Internet gambling should the US legalize it.
Nevada powers that be have drafted new rules to govern Internet gambling in the event that federal lawmakers legalize the popular activity.
The proposal follows state lawmakers passing a bill recently requiring the Nevada Gaming Commission to have plans in place by January to license and regulate online bets.
The Las Vegas State wants to be primed and ready should the US Congress find a way to legalize and regulate Internet poker. (They badly need the tax revenue). Lawmakers such as U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid want the issue be settled on a federal level.
The regulators propose to tax operators for online poker revenue at the same rate the state taxes gambling regulators in casinos in Nevada. It also limits Internet bets to poker, which is more skilled base,  instead of betting against the house, like in blackjack, craps or roulette.
One more step in the direction of online poker in Nevada or one step back?

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