Hawaiians Will Be Able to Gamble
In Hawaii, until recently, it was banned almost all gambling casino in the state and attempts to legalize online poker and online casinos were unsuccessful. But to date, the government is considering the legalization of online poker and other gambling options on the Internet.
A 29-page bill (SB 677) has been introduced by Sen. Will Espero earlier this month that if signed into law will strip Hawaii of its status as one of the few states without any legalized gambling options within its borders.
Proposed legislation provides for the legalization and regulation of online poker, casino games and lotteries. About sports betting it was not, and that means, if the law enters into force, residents of Hawaii will not be able to bet on sports.
Under the proposed legislation, the Hawaii Internet Lottery and Gaming Corporation will be created to monitor iGaming activities conducted in the state and to ensure that consumers are protected in a proper and effective manner.
The main reason for the introduction of the bill is to protect consumers' rights. The fact that tens of thousands of residents of Hawaii all still gambling on non-tested resources, which are not regulated by legislation, thereby exposing themselves to potential fraud and deception. The state failed to protect the rights of its citizens. In addition, large amounts of money that could otherwise go to Hawaii every year treasury lost on such websites.
In general, Hawaii's online gambling bill does not differ much from legislative pieces introduced in other US states. Interested operators will have to apply for a license from the local regulator. They will have to contribute tax revenue to the state. The money will then be channeled to different education and other related programs. Players will have to be aged 18 or over in order to be allowed to gamble online.
Similarly to Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey, the only three US states where iGaming activities are legal, Hawaii will, too, be able to negotiate shared liquidity agreements with other jurisdictions.