Can Iowa make intrastate poker work?
Iowa, like most states across the U.S., is looking for revenue to shore up its state budget.
A bipartisan group of state lawmakers are proposing intrastate poker legislation as a solution.
According to Rep. Doug Struyk (R-Council Bluffs), who is part of a legislative group reviewing statewide gambling issues, 50,000 people in Iowa gamble online.
A proposal being developed by the Struyk’s group calls for allowing Iowa residents to deposit money at Iowa’s 17 casinos that could then be used to play poker online against fellow Iowa residents.
Lawmakers estimate that online poker could bring the state $11.5 million in revenue.
The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission currently licenses and regulates the 17 commercial casinos in the state.