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Washington DC Moves Forward with Online Gambling

23 June 2011 by admin

I have to give some major props to the council in Washington DC. Despite the controversy and concern about how the bill for online gambling wound up in the budget, they are moving forward to implement the bill.

We here at have been following the story of Washington DC and their steps to be the first jurisdiction to offer some form of online gambling in the United States. By the way, since DC is not an actual state, the ‘first state to legalize online gambling’ is still up for grabs. Back in March it was revealed that DC has passed a bill that would give them online poker for real money. Congress was not exactly pleased with this considering that DC had stayed mum on the bill while they waited out the waiting period for Congress to say no to the bill. When the no did not come, DC became the first jurisdiction.

There was much celebrating when the announcement came that the bill had passed. Plans were announced to create hot spots, which are now being called platinum sponsors, where terminals will be located. Residents of DC can go to these platinum sponsors and log on to the online gambling intranet to play online casino games. The plan is to have free play up and running next month with real money gambling to follow in four to six weeks—September at the latest.

The reason for the free play mode is to go ahead and allow those in DC to start playing and becoming accustomed to the terminals; but the free play mode is also for DC to test for bugs, to make sure that the intranet is only limited to DC city limits and to make sure the underage prevention measures work properly.

It has been recently released that there will be a total of six online casino games to be offered by the time the intranet system goes into complete real money mode. Only three though will be available with the launch of the free play: online blackjack, Texas Hold’em and bingo. So long as the test/free play period goes well, three more will be added which include online poker, Victory at Sea (think Battleship) and random number games (think like slots or keno).

What we here at like about all of this is that the plans are moving forward despite the concern about how the online gambling bill got into the budget and the role then independent councilor Michael A. Brown may have played in a conflict of interest. The continued move forward further reinforces America’s drive to have legalized and regulated online gambling.

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