The question facing the different states now after the Department of Justice’s opinion in December is whether to introduce their own legislation or to wait for a federal online poker law. Several states including New Jersey, California, Illinois and Washington DC plan to offer online gaming after they pass their own state online gambling laws. In this way the individual states will be able to regulate their own online gambling industry and also gain valuable tax revenue from online gaming.
Others including some of the major Las Vegas casinos would prefer a federal online gaming law. At the moment Nevada is the only state that would be wiling to grant online gaming licences under a federal law. Those who support a federal law say that with individual state laws regulation and player protection could be more difficult.
The hope in Nevada following the new poker regulations is that its online poker will be launched in the fall.