Hawaii does not have any casinos or lotteries at the moment. Only two other states have no casinos, Tennessee and Vermont. This could all change for Hawaii if the bill passes the committees and is signed into law by the governor N. Abercrombie. Another bill HB 2316 which was also introduced to the Hawaiian legislature would permit the setting up of a lottery but it does not provide for online gambling. A bill referring to online poker was introduced in April 2011 and after passing reading by several committees it was been held up by a legal deadline.
Hawaii is one of several states including Nevada, Connecticut, The District of Columbia among others to reconsider its online gaming legislation in the light of the Department of Justice’s change of policy on internet gambling. Some states see the growth of the industry as a means of increasing revenue to help manage state budgets and also as a way to possibly attract gaming tourists to their state with events linked to online gaming. On the tourism front Hawaii is in a leading position but it remains to be seen whether it will also be an online gaming leader.