Connecticut Online Poker Law
As the fifth state to join the union, Connecticut helped start the domino effect that led to the creation of the United States. There’s a very good chance Connecticut will be part of another chain of states to allow their residents to play online poker. And look for it to happen sooner rather than later, as the Native American tribe that owns Foxwoods Casino continues to broker.
In April 2013, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation partnered with the online gaming software solution company GameAccount Network. They said they will have a play-money online casino suite up and running to the public by the end of 2013.
GameAccount Network operates the official online gambling platforms in Spain and Italy. The company recently opened an office in Nevada.
Once other states start going live with online gaming, expect Connecticut to act quickly. Most likely, state officials will work with officials of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation to create a set of laws that will govern online gaming. The Nation will, of course, be resistant to allowing the residents access to casino platforms outside Connecticut’s borders. Online poker will most definitely come through Foxwoods’ servers.
But also look for the Indian nation to lobby the federal government to allow all Americans access to their sites, no matter which state they live in. It’s a long shot — not even approaching the horizon — but there’s a chance that once all of the dust has settled after the first wave of states legalizes poker, the courts will rule in favor of complete access to the casinos in Tribal Nations.
Of course, there’s also a minor chance a federal law legalizing online poker will somehow find its way through the current mess in Washington, D.C., politics. Look for both the Tribal Nations and the casino industry to stage this fight.
Connecticut’s lawmakers will most likely not stand in the way of online gambling for its residents. It’s House approved keno in bars in 2013, and it looks like it is willing to work with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation in the near future.
It also has a strong lottery presence, which is the only real potential roadblock to implementing online poker in Connecticut. State lottery board members across the country have spoken out against online gambling, claiming that it will chisel into the lottery’s profits. It may be a minor threat, but it’s there.
When Will I be able to Play Online Poker in Connecticut?
Connecticut officials have shown they can move fast, as they did legalizing electric keno in 2013, so look for some form of online poker to come to this tiny state sometime in 2014 or 2015. The Foxwoods play-money site will give people a good glimpse at how online gambling will soon look in the state.
How many People Would Play Online Poker in Connecticut?
Using market data that reported about 10 percent of the populous played online poker when it was available in the United States, about 200,000 Connecticut poker players are left pining for access to the online poker rooms available around the world.
That’s about the same amount of poker players in Uruguay, where online poker is illegal.