Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Legislators Consider Online Poker

February 27, 2010: summarized from Des Moines Register -- Iowa would be the first state in the nation to allow legal in-state Internet poker under a proposal being developed by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, several officials said Friday.

The plan would allow people to deposit between $50 and $500 into a special account at one of Iowa's casinos. That account could then be used to play poker online.

Federal regulations prohibit most forms of gambling between states. For that reason, people would have to play on a computer that is using an Internet address in Iowa.

Players would have to go to casinos to make deposits. To avoid out-of-state transactions, they could use only cash or debit cards, not credit cards.

Technology has already been developed that can block out-of-state Web users from accessing pre-paid accounts and violating in-state gambling laws, said Fred Farhad Choobineh, an instructor of management information systems at Iowa State University.

Wes Ehrecke, president of the Iowa Gaming Association, said that gambling is a form of entertainment for thousands of Iowans and that the average amount spent at casinos is between $50 and $70 a person. Most people, he said, are responsible gamblers. "If you really just rewind quickly back 20 years ago, no one really imagined what would happen when we were first in the country to put riverboat gaming in," Ehrecke said.

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