New York legislators have made a fresh attempt in 2023 to legalize online poker games in the Empire State.
- Assemblyman J G Pretlow introduces House Bill 1380
- Proposed bill looks the reclassify poker as a game of skill
- Regulatory oversight identified as key to a lawful and licensed gaming industry
New York legislators have not wasted any time in 2023 and have put forward another bill that seeks to legalize online poker in the Empire State. House Bill 1380 was put forward by Assemblymember Gary Pretlow [D] and will amend the current legislation to classify interactive poker games as “games of skill” rather than “games of luck.” The proposed bill has been sent to the Assembly Racing and Wagering Committee for review.
More on the current approach
While New York legislators have submitted a new proposal for the legalization of online poker, it is not the first time they have tried to do so. Previous efforts were made in 2019 and 2022, respectively, but they all fell short of the mark.
The logic behind HB 1380 is the same as followed in granting skill game status to Fantasy sports by the New York Court of Appeals in March 2022. Whether this will be enough to carry the bill over the line on this occasion still remains to be seen.