Last Wednesday, the Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee held a public hearing on “the future of online poker in New York.” The hearing focused on Committee Chair John Bonacic’s bill S.5302, which would define online poker as a “game of skill,” and would allow the state to issue up to 10 licenses to conduct online poker in the state.

Almost all of those who testified at the hearing expressed support for the legalization of online poker in the state. Incumbent casino and racino operators urged the state to allow them to offer online poker. Other entities urged the state to allow online poker as a type of “innovation” that will increase the number of gamblers in the state, as well as the state’s revenue.