Florida bill would legalize online poker
According to a report in the St. Augustine News, the bill would allow operators to pay a licensing fee to the state for the right to run online poker rooms. Affiliates also would qualify for licensing.
The measures also calls for technical safeguards to prevent minors from accessing the sites and monitor and possibly limit how much players may wager and how often. Money-laundering controls also are contemplated. Machine-style games are not included but could be added to the system down the line.
Supporters say the sites could generate more than $200 million a year for the state.
The newspaper reported that an estimated 1 million Florida residents take part in illegal offshore gambling each year.