What’s I-poker to the state of Nevada?

Feb 19, 2013 3:00 AM

The outcome of Gov. Sandoval’s call for a bill enabling him to approve Internet poker agreements with other states may take surprising twists before all is said and done.

Popular thinking to this point has been Sandoval wants the legislation because the apparent path to Internet poker will probably involve compacts or agreements with other states.

But what’s a state? Could a state be another country? Is it possible Nevadans will one day be playing Internet poker with people in, let’s say, the UK? 

Response from several lawyers and strategists familiar with Internet legislation were generally positive. But the outcome of such thinking will depend in part on how a state is defined and what sort of trade/business agreements need or don’t need federal approval.

We’ll know more as work on the legislation continues in Carson City.

Phil Hevener has been writing about the Nevada gaming business for more than 30 years. He can be reached at [email protected].

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