Florida Senate Committee Passes Internet Poker Bill

Written by:
Ace King
Published on:
Florida Internet Poker

The state of Florida is closer to legalizing Internet poker after a bill sailed through the Senate Committee.

Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, R-Miami, the sponsor of SB 812, told the Miami Herald

“What we have here is a bill that is very carefully crafted.  What we’re trying to do here is generate revenue for Florida residents of $10-40 million.”

“We’re protecting Florida consumers from having their identity stolen from having financial information stolen, from being easy prey from entities that operate offshore -- outside the long arm reach of the United State.'' 

Some 600,000  to 900,000 Floridians are estimated to play poker on the Web.  The state expects a boom when it comes to the live tournament circuit as well after approving high stakes games late last year. 


The measure passed with two no votes from Sen. Jim Norman, R-Tampa, and Sen. Steve Wise, R-Jacksonville.

- Ace King, Gambling911.com

Poker News

WSOP Threatened Again By Covid Surge

WSOP Threatened Again By Covid Surge

The 2021 World Series of Poker is set to take place Thu, Sep 30, 2021 through Tue, Nov 23, 2021.  There are already whispers that this year's event could be derailed by yet another surge in Covid-19 cases.  Assuming it isn't cancelled or delayed altogether, the 2021 WSOP is likely to see a reduction in participants.

The Mouth on Biles Backing Out of Olympics: 'Mental Heath is Real but Winners Stay Strong and Tough'

The Mouth on Biles Backing Out of Olympics: 'Mental Heath is Real but Winners Stay Strong and Tough'

Poker pro Mike "The Mouth" Matusow did not wish to downplay the seriousness of mental illness, but made it abundantly clear he agrees there needs to be some lines drawn.  The implication being that athletes can't just walk away in the middle of a competition for a "mental break".

Poker Pro Salman Behbehani Remains in Jail After Large Stash of Party Drugs Found on Private Jet

The haul found on board his private jet reportedly included 80g crystal methamphetamine, a highly addictive drug commonly used among gay men during sex, and 315g cocaine.

Doyle Brunson Wife Hospitalized

Doyle Brunson Wife Hospitalized

Poker legend Doyle Brunson announced via Twitter Tuesday afternoon that he had his beloved wife, Louise, rushed to the hospital.  Brunson was asking for prayers.

Layne Flack Will Be Laid to Rest August 3

Layne Flack Will Be Laid to Rest Aug 2

Flack, a six-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, died suddenly at the age of 52 two weeks ago.