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Massachusetts Considering Online Poker

A Massachusetts legislator is proposing a bill that would allow three intrastate online poker licenses in the state.

Rep. Dan Winslow (R-Norfolk) has introduced the legislation even though the House has previously adopted an order disallowing gambling amendments to the state budget. Winslow wants his fellow lawmakers to be aware of the options available to add revenue to state coffers prior to the state’s legislative bodies concluding formal sessions this summer for 2012, the Boston Herald reported.

“Internet poker is a game of skill that fits our high tech job profile perfectly,” Winslow said in a statement. “We can create new, high paying tech jobs by leading the launch of this new industry in the United States.”

Winslow’s plan calls for a fee of $10 million and a 25% tax on all gross gambling revenue for each license holder. Bay State lawmakers appear to be waffling on the online gambling issue. In 2010, legislators considered criminalizing Internet poker, but followed that up last year by considering its legalization.

Odds are that Winslow’s proposal won’t get very far in the legislative process in 2012. But Massachusetts may be a player in online poker sometime in the future after states such as Nevada and New Jersey are up and running with Internet poker sites.



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Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.