New York Online Poker Bill Amended To Include ” Bad Actor” Clause
Senate Bill S3898 that was introduced by Senator John Bonacic to legalize online poker in the state of New York will soon go to a full vote by the State Senate.
The bill which is expected to lead to legislation of online poker has been amended to include the” bad actor” clause. This addition before the full Senate vote is controversial as it is aims at excluding major players like PokerStars. The “ bad actor” clause is aimed at operators that illegally continued to operate in the U.S. after the 2006 passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act ( UIGEA).
According to the bill any operator will be considered unsuitable for a license in New York if they willing and knowingly accepted or made wagers available on interactive gambling from US residents after the cut-off date of December 31, 2006.
Another reference in the bill is a clause that mentions companies that “knowingly facilitated or otherwise provided services to announce that took such wagers.
PokerStars managed to bypass their dubious pat to gain entry into the state of New Jersey. As we reported this was a long and difficult road for them. Whether or not they succeed to overcome the obstacles in New York remains to be seen.