There May be a Future for Hawaii Online Gambling

There May be a Future for Hawaii Online Gambling

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Gambling in the US state of Hawaii – land based or online – is not presently legal. That being said, the state’s senator, Will Espero, is hoping to change this and has recently filed an online gambling bill that seeks to legalize online poker in the 50th and most recent state to have joined the USA.

The Hawaii online gambling bill – number SB677 – would also lead to the establishment of the Hawaii Internet Lottery and Gaming Corporation. According to Espero, “tens of thousands” of Hawaiians are pouring “tens of millions” of dollars out of the state by taking part in online gambling illegally through unregulated offshore sites.

Legalizing iGaming in the state would help to keep some of that money in Hawaii. Furthermore, in his bill, Espero says that revenue generated from internet poker would be directed to many of the state’s programs like public schools and the University of Hawaii system, among others.

That being said, while the Hawaii online gambling bill would also permit the legalization of a diverse range of online casino games, sports betting via the internet would remain banned.

If the bill should pass, it would also allow Hawaii to partner with other US states for the online games and could help to boost tourism in the state through “land-based gaming entertainment events.”

Hawaii joins several other states who also seek to introduce online poker this years, including California, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Michigan and Washington State.

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