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💜 New York Online Poker Out Of Reach For 2019
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After three years in which online poker legislation seemed close in New York, the legislature made no effort to push for online poker in 2019.

Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. and Assemblyman Gary Pretlow each reintroduced companion online poker bills (S 18, A 4924) but didn’t even bother advancing them out of committee before the legislature adjourned for the year in June.

The lack of movement for online poker was no surprise, as Pretlow made it crystal clear entering the session that his priority would be sports betting. Of course, the legislature wasn’t even able to pass the mobile sports wagering bill.

“I thought sports betting was kind of a low-hanging fruit,” Addabbo said. “I couldn’t even get the low-hanging fruit, and you want me to get a ladder to go for online poker? Forget about it. That ladder isn’t even for sale in our state.”

The Senate passed sports betting legislation in New York in the final week of the session only to have it not called to a vote in the Assembly.

Online poker fans know that scenario all too well, as the Senate passed the bill in 2016 and 2017 before having it stall in the Assembly.

It never was clear exactly what was the holdup on online poker in the Assembly. The handling of sports betting this session might have shed some light on the problem.

Pretlow asserted that mobile sports wagering had the support to pass in the Assembly but Speaker Carl Heastie declined to put it to a vote. Heastie’s hesitance on mobile sports wagering might be the same with online poker.

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