Massachusetts may just become one of the next states to integrate online poker and other forms of online gambling in the US, after the Massachusetts Gaming Commission has expressed urgency towards licensing and regulating the online market.
“The time to introduce online gambling is now, it’s upon us. We can’t wait any longer, even though we’re still in the middle of casino licensing.” Stephen Crosby, Chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission said to the press.
Stanley C. Rosenberg, creator of Massachusetts gambling law agrees with Crosby and calls online gambling a new frontier that it wouldn't make any sense to try and ignore. Not only will online gambling be able to bring more funds to the state through taxes, it will also be easier for them to control the problems that may occur from gambling.
“You can’t control the Internet. When people turn on their computer they go where they want to go,” Rosenberg said to the press and continued “We’re just at the early stages of trying to understand how this actually works, and given that you can organize businesses inside the commonwealth, within the country, and internationally and set them up online, so we need to figure out how that all works.”
A chosen panel had a meeting about online gaming in Massachusetts this Tuesday, where they were told to not introduce any sort of online gambling legislation until the land-based casino licensing has been completed. This makes perfect sense from a state point of view, as the casino's are investing large amounts into the local industry and create jobs, while online gambling is known to not create the same amount of jobs and has a much smaller investment.
"We don’t want to kill the goose that laid the golden egg on the state lottery and the new goose that is hopefully going to lay some golden eggs in the coming years, the slots parlor and casinos,” Said Rosenberg, referring to the impact that online gambling may have on the local industry.