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I-gaming included in new Illionis Gambling Legislation

2013 is the Year of Online Gambling Legislation

It may only be March, but 2013 is already looking like it going to be the year of online gambling legislation in the United States of America.

More than six years after the national government essentially banned Internet gaming, an increasing number of state legislatures or passing laws allowing for the practice to occur in their localities.

On Wednesday an Illinois senate committee passed a new bill which is set to make gambling legal in the state which includes the famous city of Chicago.

If the bill becomes law, not only will online casinos be allowed to go ahead and operate in cities including Chicago, but online poker will also be legal and an increasing number of brick and mortar casinos will be built.

It will see gambling allowed in locations including airports and horse racing venues.

Analysts have predicted that internet gaming could generate up to $150 million dollars a year for the state of Illionois.

Turnaround for Quinn

The fact that the bill passed the Senate Executive Committee by a 10-4 margin proved to be quite a turnaround in the face of Governor Pat Quinn.

Quinn has shown his opposition to online gaming in the past, but this time has outlined his support for such a move.

This follows similar moves in Nevada and New Jersey, with NJ Governor Chris Christie initially vetoing an online gambling bill before finally putting his support behind it in February this year after preconditions were agreed.

If the legislation becomes law, the Illinois Department of Lottery will have a Division of Internet Gambling.

Residents of Illinois would be able to bet on video poker and other games, but sports betting would be banned.

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