massachusetts casino bill to advance in 2018

Already a dark horse for online poker legalization in the present year, the Bay State could now “potentially” approve online poker in 2018, as stated by the state’s Senate President.

State House News Service reported that Senate President Stan Rosenberg stated that he doesn’t want to “disrupt” the fledgling commercial casino industry in Massachusetts by moving forward with online betting too early.

Online casino gaming is presently being “reviewed,” according to Rosenberg.

There’s been identical concern over online poker in New York, which in recently has seen three of four commercial casinos open doors. The last of the casinos will likely be in business early next year.

Unlike New York, Massachusetts doesn’t currently have an online poker bill on the table. New York’s legislation is waiting for a possible vote in the Senate.

Two Las Vegas-style casinos—from Wynn and MGM—are presently under construction in Massachusetts. MGM Springfield will open doors in 2018, and Wynn Boston Harbor is scheduled to take action in 2019. They have reportedly planned for 20 table poker rooms and 90 tables, respectively.

Massachusetts is additionally looking at allowing online lottery sales.