Poker And Sports Betting Lose Out In New York (Update)

Legislative session closes with no progress

The early hours of Thursday morning saw the end of this year’s session of the New York legislature, allowing the state’s 213 lawmakers to head home without deciding to legalise online poker or sports betting.

For the online poker lobby it was a bitterly disappointing third year in which the Senate appeared willing but the House less so, whilst lawmakers in both chambers were unable to finalise a sports betting law that could have positioned the state among the leaders following the overturning of PASPA by the US Supreme Court last month.

However, with sports betting dominating the interest of US states, the issue is almost certainly set to return next year, perhaps with online poker catching a ride on its coattails.