Online Poker Removed from Latest Illinois Casino Bill

Expanded gambling supporters in Chicago are seeking to create a bill that is attractive to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, who vetoed this measure two times prior.  This shows that the possibility of Internet poker not being included in the newest version of this bill is great as reported by the Associated Press.  Quinn is reported to have stated that he is not ready to take any Internet gambling into consideration.

One of the proposal supporters will take out related Internet poker language.  It is reported that Senator President John Cullerton has plans to actively try for legalization of web poker in a bill that is separate from this at a later date although it is uncertain when.  The gambling expansion is believed by supporters to be able to gain around $400 million and $1 billion per year in added tax revenues.  It is also not certain what could be gained by Internet gambling if the state ever opens the virtual doors.

There has been talk of allowing the state’s strong lottery to oversee the virtual casino games if they are ever given authorization by the legislators.  Internet gambling is currently only legal in New Jersey, Delaware and Nevada.  The state could gain thousands of new slot machines if there is authorization for new casinos.  If the main casino in Chicago is awarded it would bring a large population of tourists.