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Online Poker Removed from Mass Gambling Bill

Earlier this week, we reported that the Massachusetts State Senate was close to finalising its gambling bill, and that a final vote could take place by the end of the week.

Today reports surfaced that Representative Dan Winslow’s online poker amendment, which was approved by the House, has been removed from the bill by the Senate Ways and Means Committee ahead of a final vote.

A spokesperson for the Ways and Means Committee told eGaming Review: “The Senate version has gone to Conference Committee to determine whether to put this language back in. If they do this back in, this will go to a vote by the Committee and it will pass to the governor. If they don’t put this back in, including to both chambers, it is out of the bill.”

The Conference Committee, which will consider whether to include online poker in the final version sent to the Governor, will include three members from the Senate and three from the House.

If passed, Massachusetts’ gambling bill is expected to generate $300 million in annual tax revenues and create an estimated 15,000 jobs.

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