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April 7th, 2021

The North Dakota state Senate has unanimously voted down House Concurrent Resolution No. 3012, a proposal that would have seen North Dakotans participate in a referendum on the legalization of online poker in their 2022 general election. If the referendum had passed, it would have required the legislature to permit online poker operators to offer regulated internet poker games. Unfortunately for advocates of online poker in North Dakota, the resolution was soundly defeated 47-0. At the present time gambling is for the most part banned in North Dakota, with the exception of tribal casinos, charitable gambling, and pari-mutuel wagering.

According to the sponsor of the bill, Representative Jim Kasper legalized online gambling could bring hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue into the state, but experts have disputed this projection. By comparison, New Jersey, a state which legalized online gambling in 2013, taxes gross revenue from internet casinos at 13%. In 2020 this amounted to 126 million dollars in tax revenue, but it is important to note that New Jersey has ten times the population of North Dakota.

The total defeat of Resolution No. 3012 seems to signal to fans of online poker in North Dakota that it will be quite some time before they have access to legal and regulated online poker in their state.

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