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Online Poker Legal in D.C. - I'll Believe It When I See It

14 April 2011, By: compncards

About 15 years ago, my dad was applying for a veteran's pension. He was of the mindset that he would not get it.

When asked about it, he used to say "I'll believe it when I get it." Then, about 8 months later, he got the letter saying he was accepted. He then stated, "I'll believe it once I get the check."

That's sort of my take on the recent "online poker legislation in Washington D.C." I'll believe it when I see it.

Yes, the "Lottery Modernization Act of 2010" became law last Thursday after Congress failed to object. Technically, online poker is now legal in Washington D.C.  Technically.

As Shari Gellar pointed out at Poker Player Newspaper, there are still some hurdles that need to be cleared before people can start playing.

The municipal government of D.C. has to draw up regulations on the exact terms of playing on the site and the administration of online gaming has to be drawn up and passed on to the public for a period of public comment.

This does not mean that the law can be blocked or stricken down. This just means that it is going to be a while before it's up and running. I spoke with Gellar and she thinks that the site will be up by sometime next year, and that seems to be a popular sentiment.

The cynic in me thinks that it could even be longer.

One huge question that I was pondering last night is how much traffic this site will really get. The market is only 600,000 people and to really restrict access to the site within D.C. limits, you are going to have to code the site to only accept IPs that are registered to D.C.

This may even block some D.C. residents that use an ISP that originates outside of D.C. and assigns IPs that originate outside the district.

Online poker is legal in D.C., but I'll believe it when I see it.

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