The US is getting closer and closer to offering several types of online gaming. I miss having those great bonuses offered to me on a regular basis. Once you learn to clear online casino bonuses you can really get addicted to that free cash! Of course in the US we're getting a little ahead of ourselves. Alright, I'm getting ahead of myself.
First, we have to see intrastate poker up and running, and right now we're all waiting for the South Point Poker (online) room to open. Although about a dozen provisional licenses have been granted to software designers and casinos, the launch date for actual play has been on hold for some time now.
However, states like Maryland are lining up to offer their own form of intrastate poker, which somehow, inexplicably, is now considered kind of legal. The US legislature may actually offer a bill that would allow poker (oh how those tax dollars are looking good now) to be played online for real money, and Native American casino groups certainly don't want to be left out. Two of the largest groups, the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes (think of those huge casinos in Connecticut, Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods) have expressed definite interest in offering their own games online.
You can expect the next big squabble (bigger than the fiscal cliff?) to be who gets to offer national poker rooms, instead of what will seem like pokey little state-only rooms. If all goes well, we'll get to play online at some point in 2013. If things really go well, we'll see full-scale poker offered that will be for nationwide and then worldwide consumption.
And, while the US government salivates over the tax benefits, new players will take advantage of bonuses and freebies that will be offered to fill the new virtual rooms with players. Oh Boy!