iPoker bill Passes NY Senate committee

iPoker bill Passes NY Senate committee, PA Update and more in the latest Weekly Update from




Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations

Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations

I have good news to share. On Tuesday, May 9th, the New York Senate Finance Committee passed legislation to license online poker in that state.

S 3898, sponsored by Sen. John Bonacic, passed by a voice vote without debate or discussion, with just 5 nays. This follows February’s passage by the Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee, which is chaired by Sen. Bonacic. The legislation now advances to the full Senate, where we anticipate broad support.

Sen. Bonacic introduced a similar bill last session. Due in large part to tremendous activism from the poker community (calling, tweeting, emailing, etc.), this bill passed the full Senate 53-5, but time ran out before the Assembly could act.

The challenge ahead will be getting an iPoker bill through the Assembly. Assemblyman Gary Pretlow, the sponsor of iPoker bill A. 5250, stated in a recent interview that he intends to push his bill out of his committee, but warned that some of his colleagues remain opposed.

There is much work to do to convince the Assembly that authorizing internet poker is good for consumers, and we are going to need your help.

If you reside in the Empire State, keep an eye on your inbox for steps you can take to support these important bills as they continue to move forward.

Pennsylvania Update

Last week, I shared news that the Pennsylvania Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee was considering holding a hearing on legislation to license and regulate online poker and online casino-style gaming on Tuesday, May 9th. However, in a move not totally unexpected, the committee elected to postpone the hearing and the vote on the iGaming bill.

There are competing visions for online gaming in the Keystone State. Some lawmakers wish to grow the industry with sustainable tax rates, while others are focused on maximizing tax rates.

Be assured that PPA will continue lobbying Pennsylvania lawmakers for the best legislation for poker players in the state.

Take Action

Let’s make and like pro-poker tweets in reply to several lawmakers, asking them to support poker.

Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny Webcast

On this week’s show, 2009 WSOP Main Event Champion Joe Cada joined me live for a great discussion on poker and poker activism. Please be sure to check it out!

Play Now

Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny airs live Tuesdays at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT on OnTilt Radio. Each show features great guests and the best discussion on poker legislation. Please be sure to tune in every Tuesday evening at www.ontiltradio.com.

Joe Cada at the 2009 WSOP, proudly showing his support for PPA

Social Media

For the most up-to-date news, follow us at:

Thank you for your continued support!

Proud to play,
Rich Muny
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.