For a long time, there has been talk of online poker cheating. Almost every poker player has expressed their opinion, but just a handful have proposed remedies. Nevada has gone a step farther, proposing legislation that would have effectively outlawed internet cheating.
The law sought to establish a black book for online poker cheats. The measure would give the Nevada Gaming Commission authority to monitor and keep track of internet cheats.
AB380 was the brainchild of Assembly Speaker Steve Yeager and Sara Ralston. The success of the bill’s parameters would have been contingent on online poker providers collaborating. These operators should ideally send a list of players who have been banned from their sites.
The law, Steve and Sara felt, would increase transparency and safeguard participants. Initially, the measure was intended to tackle cheats. Sara, on the other hand, changed the measure to eliminate any references to cheating.
The final draft concentrated on compiling a list of all players having online poker accounts, as well as their status. AB380 did not get enough votes to go to the next level, according to Brittney Miller, chairperson of the Assembly Judiciary Committee.
Caesars Entertainment was against the bill.
Caesars Entertainment is Nevada’s exclusive online poker operator. The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is organized by the corporation. Caesars opposed the law, claiming that it would be a financial strain on the firm.
Caesars already works closely with the Nevada Gaming Control Board to deter cheats via its lobbyist, Mike Alonso. The corporation reports harmful account users to the gaming board, which chooses whether or not to place them in the black book.
Ralston’s proposed measure, according to Alonso, might tarnish a player’s reputation. He also said that certain players will take advantage of the chance to seek recompense. Furthermore, Caesars takes every precaution to keep fraudulent individuals away from their website.
Ralston Will Keep Fighting
Ralston isn’t about to abandon her cause. She promises to keep pushing on the problem of openness in the poker business. Ralston feels it is critical to have the discussion and has promised to revive the measure in 2025 if the gaming authority has not provided more openness in online poker.
Ralston worked for the Patient Protection Commission. This chance provided her with a fresh perspective on what she is now advocating for. She feels that openness in the poker business will safeguard the game’s integrity.
Even if the law did not pass, the problem of openness in online poker is certain to persist. With additional states allowing online poker and engaging into multi-state compacts, the debate over the game’s integrity is far from done.
In 2013, Nevada allowed internet poker. Only WSOP.com operates in the state due to the state’s limited poker sector. In 2014, the state signed the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement with Delaware. This increased the number of players in two tiny poker markets.
New Jersey joined the agreement in 2017, and Michigan will join in 2021. There has been speculation that Pennsylvania may join the agreement.