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Online Poker Legislation Introduced in Kentucky


The state of Kentucky will once again consider legalizing and regulating online poker.

On Friday, Senate Bill 213 was introduced in Lexington to authorize the state to sanction online poker sites. According to the bill, the legal age for online poker would be 18 years old.

The proposal defines online poker as “any form of poker”, specifically mentioning “Five Card Draw, Seven Card Stud and Texas Hold’em”. Online poker could be played at “locations away from other players via the Internet through the use of computers, smartphones or other types of electronic devices,” according to the bill.

The bill, sponsored by State Senator David Yates, a Democrat, notes that the legal definition of online poker “would not include video lottery terminals or slot machines using electronic representations of cards in a game of chance in which skill does not play a part”. part.”

The bill would require prospective online poker sites to use geolocation software to ensure that all online poker takes place within the state’s geographic boundaries. Platforms should also have age verification software to ensure that no one under 18 can play.

A state tax of 6.75% on poker revenue would be imposed on every online poker platform.

Kentucky has been considering online poker legislation since 2019, alongside efforts to legalize sports betting. Kentucky is among the minority of states without legal sports betting.

Kentucky would join a growing number of states with online poker, including Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Nevada, West Virginia and Delaware.

The Bluegrass State’s 2022 legislative session ends in April, giving the bill less than two months to work its way through the legislature.