MGM Supports Online Poker in New York – A Creation of Safe, Legal Environment to Protect from Unregulated Off Shore Poker Operators
MGM Resorts in Nevada made it known they support online poker in New York. They said they are optimistic about regulations getting passed in the near future. A bill has been introduced and has advanced out of the Senate just waiting its final vote.
Ever since Pennsylvania started considering online casinos, New York expressed their interest in online poker. New Jersey’s record revenues also played a part in the decision to try and get it approved. Since MGM acquired 50% of Boyd Gaming’s stake in the Borgata, and with Nevada’s governor really wanting to pool the poker player base, now would be the perfect time for the Empire State to get on the ball and get online poker regulated.
General Counsel for MGM, John McManus released a statement Thursday saying,
“This legislation recognizes that millions of New Yorkers play online poker on unregulated and unprotected off-shore poker websites that operate with no oversight, fraud controls, or age restrictions. We applaud the Senate Finance Committee’s vote to create a safe, legal environment for online poker through legislation that will generate tens of millions of dollars in revenue for taxpayers, and create open and fair opportunities for all providers of online poker.”
A recent poll that the MGM conducted expressed that more than 70% of New York citizens “agree that safe, regulated online poker should be legal.”