Connecticut Online Poker ‘Inevitable’ Says Governor

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Gilbert Horowitz
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Connecticut Online Poker ‘Inevitable’ Says Governor

Could Connecticut somehow join a multi-state pact with neighboring New York and New Jersey to pool online poker players should the activity become legal stateside?

Connecticut’s Governor Dannel P. Malloy has been among the most emphatic when it comes to welcoming Web poker to his state since the Department of Justice released a statement that it would no longer apply The Wire Act to Internet poker. 

“It is quite clear that Internet gaming is coming to Connecticut. Period. It’s coming,” said Malloy. “We have a stake in protecting that industry.

 “The Internet is the Internet. You don’t turn off the Internet at any state’s borders,” he said. “It’s an impossibility.”

“If it moves forward, and it’s clearly going to move forward, it’s going to be available in Connecticut. Now we have to decide, in the state of Connecticut, what is our approach to that.”

“It’s a national decision that has largely already been made,” the governor told reporters this week. “So the question is, what do you do to defend the tens of thousands of jobs directly and indirectly tied to those two [tribal casinos, Foxwoods Resorts Casino and Mohegan Sun Resort] and I think that’s a legitimate question and that’s one of the things that we’re considering.”

Some in Connecticut have expressed concerns that the Tribal casinos would be permitted to generate revenues from Internet poker without having to share with the state, per previous agreements. 


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