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Massachusetts House Passes Gaming Bill

On September 8, Massachusetts Republican Dan Winslow filed an amendment to proposed gambling legislation that could legalise online poker if the bill is passed by the state government. Winslow said the move will maximise total revenue under the bill, while also creating much-needed jobs in the state’s tech-sector.

The proposed gambling legislation passed the State House of Representatives by a vote of 123-32 last week. However, poker may not be a guarantee. Under the amended bill, expected to be passed by the Massachusetts State Senate and signed by Governor Deval Patrick, a committee will be established “to analyze and develop recommendations and model legislation.”

“This one, I think, is a great opportunity for Massachusetts to take the lead. No state in the country has yet enacted legislation to authorize and regulate internet poker,” Winslow told the Milford Daily News. Winslow’s amendment has its doubters, though. State Treasurer Steven Grossman calls the plan “reckless and irresponsible.” Grossman, who does not recognise poker as a game of skill, contends the amendment is in violation of federal gambling laws.

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