Slate Magazine predicts Legal US Online Gambling by “End of Decade”
The age of online gambling has finally begun in the United States. Nevada got the ball rolling by offering legal online poker, while Delaware and New Jersey followed suit with expanded online poker and casino games. Other states like California, Florida, Illinois and Iowa have all had very serious talks about regulating online gaming in the near future.
But for most Americans’ satisfaction, this isn’t enough. The average gambler wants legal online gaming on a bigger scale – rather than the current state-by-state model. The most obvious reason why is because residents of 47 US states are being prevented from joining in the regulated market.
Another reason why players want internet gaming on a bigger level is because it would allow for more selection – both in regard to operators and games. This matter is especially close to the hearts of poker players, who wouldn’t mind having huge player pools and tournaments available.
But when, if ever, can we expect most of the US to offer legal internet gambling? Or are we just going to continue seeing individual states opening up operations, then possibly signing small interstate packs like Nevada and Delaware have done? According to Slate Magazine writer Jon Nathanson, we can look forward to more gaming-friendly states and meaningful interstate pacts by the end of the decade. Here’s an excerpt from Nathanson’s article:
True to the name of this column, I’m going to place a wager. I predict that gambling will be broadly legal in the United States by the end of this decade. It will start with online poker, which is currently legal only in Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware. But it will expand from there, both in categories of games and in geographic acceptance.
The article goes on to explain how social gaming giants like Zynga will then join the movement and create even more significant online gaming action in the US.
With little hope of federal regulation on the horizon, Nathanson’s vision definitely sounds like a nice runner-up prize. But like he predicts, more extensive interstate online gaming is unlikely to be a reality until 2020.