Everest Poker, an independent international poker site operating out of Malta and France, is hoping to enter the U.S. marketplace in Massachusetts by working in tandem with the lawmaker proposing an online poker bill in the Bay State.
Rep. Dan Winslow (R-Norfolk) has introduced legislation allowing for three intrastate Internet poker licenses to be issued in the state. An amendment to the proposal calls for any license applicant who has taken Internet wagers from U.S. customers following passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) in 2006 to be denied licensure. Everest Poker refused to accept bets from American players post-UIGEA, and with an established office in Massachusetts, seems to be poised to secure one of the three licenses available if lawmakers approve Winslow's proposal.
"The bill presents Massachusetts with a great opportunity to be a pioneer in legalizing Internet poker in the U.S., and there’s no question that Everest Poker is better positioned than any other operator to take advantage of that opportunity,” said Everest Gaming CEO Tim Dent.
Catering mainly to the European market, Everest Poker currently ranks 10th in player traffic among worldwide sites, according to PokerScout. It is also eyeing developments in New Jersey and Nevada in hopes of splashing the pot and making a name for itself in several anticipated U.S. intrastate markets.