Iowa to Offer Online Poker in the Future?

Written by Thomas | Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Individual states in the United States have been making big changes when it comes to gambling. Many states have started opening up new casinos as well as adding new games to their existing casinos. Such states as Pennsylvania have started offering table games for their residents and other states are following suit.

A big change in the gambling industry in the United States is online gambling. The state of Iowa recently saw a new bill proposed that would regulate online poker in the state.

The bill was proposed into legislation in Iowa and it would offer online poker for their residents over the age of twenty-one. For many years other countries have benefited from American citizens playing poker and other casino games online and states are now realizing that they could be benefiting as well.

Some lawmakers have decided it’s time to regulate poker and casino games in the United States and they are taking the steps needed to do so.

Under the new bill, the state of Iowa would be taking a pointer from land based casinos rules. The age restrictions are the same as land casinos and they will be closely regulated online. The legislation, if passed, would have to follow the law of the land.

The main piece of gambling legislation in the United States is the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. This act makes it illegal for financial institutions to process any transactions that have to do with online gambling.

However, the UIGEA does allow individual states to offer online gambling. So the bill has the potential to be passed and Iowa would be able to offer their citizens online poker.

The new law would allow residents of the state to put cash in a special account which would be used for gambling. There will be specific gambling limits and gamblers would have to log in to their own account to be able to play poker online.

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