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Mississippi Internet Gaming Bill Dies in Committee


Online poker players from Mississippi received disappointing news last week when a bill aimed at legalizing the activity was killed in committee.

Rep. Bobby Moak introduced the Mississippi Lawful Internet Gaming Act of 2012 on Feb. 20, two months after the Department of Justice concluded that forms of gambling other than sports betting fell outside of the Wire Act of 1961. Moak's proposed measure aimed to legalize and regulate online gambling, including poker, within Mississippi state lines, and would have allowed gaming operators already holding licenses in the state to offer Internet wagering.

However, the bill failed to make its way through the Ways and Means committee and the Gaming committee on March 6, ending any hopes of the bill becoming a law.

Mississippi legalized gambling along the Mississippi River and the Gulf Coast in 1990 and has since approved the construction of 30 brick-and-mortar casinos in the state. Operators such as Caesars, Boyd Gaming and MGM Resorts, which already hold gaming licenses in the state, would have had the first crack at an online gaming space.

Mississippi was one of six states to consider an intrastate online gambling bill. Other states that have introduced measures include New Jersey, Iowa, Nevada, California and Hawaii. Nevada is the only state to approve online poker regulations and has received more than 20 license applications from potential service providers.

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  • Lowgearman Lowgearman

    It’s Mississippi Stupid
    Seriously did anybody really think this bill was going to pass? Not Really when you look at what type of legislation the Mississippi state legislature like the Personhood Amendment, which would not only ban abortion, but birth control and in vitro fertilization, this amendment was so broadly and poorly written that it could technically ban procreation out of fear of miscarriages. Do you really think a state government who has a long history of passing legislation like this is serious about internet poker, if you do you ought to give up poker because you don’t know how to read your opponents and you are still playing your cards while others are playing you like Paganini. Plus we all know that intrastate poker is a Great Banana Hoax in which the taxpayers end up paying the tab but that a different commentary for a different day. As I said before and I'll saying it again the only way will get Internet Poker back in America is when we get off our asses and demand that congress repeal the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act and the sooner the better. The longer it takes to repeal this lousy law the harder it will be and the more likely that Americans will be paying poker online, in a bar, at home without fear of reprisals more it will be become a distant memory.

    Fighting one small battle in the Governments war on the American People

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