What are the chances that online poker in North Dakota could soon be legal? A resolution hopes to find out.
House Concurrent Resolution 3012 would add a constitutional amendment to enable virtual gambling and if passed by law it would be a matter for voters in the 2022 general election.
Opponents, including Turtle Mountain Tribe's legal counsel, raised concerns that the income from online poker would go to private companies rather than government or tribal funding. Presented the bill, Rep. Jim Kasper said that there is a demand for poker in the state and that it would be licensed and regulated if passed.
"If the people of North Dakota pass this constitutional amendment, we can join a multi-state pact. We could play in real time with New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Las Vegas, and a few other states. So the question is whether the people in our state will Should have a choice of whether or not to authorize live internet poker in North Dakota, ”said Kasper.
Five states currently offer online poker, including Nevada, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.