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Update on DC Online Poker

27 June 2011 by admin

According to a statement made by Michael A. Brown, the online casino games, which include online poker, are supposed to go live in only four to six weeks. Now these are the play for fun games, not the real money games. The play for fun games are meant to serve two purposes. That is if they are allowed to launch.

DC officials want to move forward and launch the play for fun games to not only allow residents to try out and become accustomed to the new casino games, but to also test the programming of the gaming infrastructure. As it stands right now, these online casino games can only be played within DC city limits at public terminals which are now being called ‘platinum sponsors’ these playing locations were originally referred to as ‘hot spots.’ DC officials want to make sure that the infrastructure cannot be hacked and accessed from outside of DC.

Also to be tested are the age restrictions. Players must be at least 19 years of age in order to register for a player account. The age restriction was a new detail that was released this past Friday. The idea, according to Brown, is to exclude those who could still be in high school from partaking of online gambling, while not excluding the college market. This is a rather interesting take on applying an age restriction, and one that we here at have not heard of before. The most common age restriction is 21which is a result of the alcohol that is served in land casinos. Online it is fairly normal to have an age restriction of 18, which is the most widely accepted age of being considered an adult.

While all of this is welcome news the DC online poker action is not out of the woods quite yet. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has openly said that he will not support the efforts to legalize any online gambling. Holder has brought up the Johnson Act as the grounds for him to poke at the DC online poker bill.

The Johnson Act is a federal law that does not allow for the manufacture, possession, use, sale or transportation of any device that is used for any gambling within DC. Such a law could make the implementation of the DC online poker bill a little bit trickier than originally thought. But so far DC officials are still moving forward with implementing their online poker bill. This was evident in the publishing of the regulations and rules of the online poker bill. They are still targeting to launch the play for free games in four to six weeks with the real money games to come as soon as September bar any hiccups in the infrastructure during the testing/free play period.

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