So what has been happening in the world of US online casinos this week? It has been a mixed bag, with some highs and some lows – but the fact that more and more bills pushing online gambling are going ahead is surely good news whether they get passed or not.
Over in Delaware, Democrat governor Jack Markell proposed HB 3333, which made it through the House of Representatives by twenty nine votes against eight. This was another step towards legalising online intrastate gambling, authorising the playing of online slot machines and online table games. It would also allow at least one hundred keno sites within the state, good news indeed for Delaware residents. US online casinos are fast becoming a thing of reality.
Californians were not so lucky. SB 1463 was in support of online poker and put forward by Wright and Steinberg, but it was pulled from the floor minutes before the voting process was due to go ahead. A flood of spectators left as soon as the announcement was made, showing that the people were more than ready to see this bill come to the floor. Apparently Steinberg was not confident enough that the bill would pass through the Senate committee, so he retreats to fight another day.
Hopefully this trend will continue, as more and more bills are proposed that will begin the process of legalising online gambling in all states. I for one would love to see a great USA online casino market – it is currently dominated by European sites, and it is important that a way to tap in to this revenue is found soon. After all, if US players cannot get online to an American site, well, they might just go with an overseas one instead rather than abstaining altogether.
One American player certainly in favour of online slots becoming more popular would be a recent jackpot winner, known only as Amanda. She reportedly took home a very nice bonus slot jackpot payout of $33,596, which is nice money in anybody’s terms, after playing at an online slots casino last week. A very nice bonus indeed – though unfortunately most of the other big worldwide jackpots last week went to European players at European casinos. Surprise surprise! Anyone would think that those in command of state legislation that are refusing these bills to pass are afraid of normal Americans winning big – after all, that is what they are preventing from happening with their inflexibility.