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PASPA defeat to benefit online poker

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PASPA defeat to benefit online poker

The wait is over, and the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) is officially dead. There will certainly be a lot of players getting in on sports gambling across the country now, and the move should have great results for one space in particular – online poker.

18 different states have created legislation to introduce online gambling, with more to follow. Now, sports gambling will be offered at both brick-and-mortar casinos, as well as over the Internet. This means more online casinos, and, ultimately, more online poker. New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement’s director, David Rebuck, stated last year, “If we win sports wagering, online gaming will go to every state that adopts sports betting. As soon as sports wagering is legalized, online gambling will follow right behind it.” They won, and online gambling is right around the corner.

Now that there is already poker player liquidity sharing between Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey, with Pennsylvania soon to follow, the advance of online poker through the defeat of PASPA is a definite. While the clock can’t be rolled back to pre-Black Friday days, the push forward for legal online poker shows a paradigm shift in gambling which will usher in a new era for one of America’s most recent favorite pastimes.


Hailing from Wisconsin but arriving in Las Vegas in 1995, I'm better known at various US online poker rooms under the pen name "OreoBob" and "SoyFlush". I'm an avid poker player and editor-at-large who has contributed as a freelance writer for diverse national and international iGaming publications since 2004.

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