Originally Posted by LetsGambool
Shocking. As expected, Steve Grossman will look to control all i-poker in MA.
If anyone lives in Dan Winslows district and wants to reach out and explain why 10% uncapped rake is bad it would be helpful.
I do live in Winslow's district and sent him an email Saturday morning. See below. I did not get a response back. It does seem as though the amendment no longer includes the 10% rake. It just says the gambling commission has to draft model legislation for internet poker.
Dear Rep. Winslow,
I recently read about your proposal to add internet poker to the MA casino bill. I am a supporter of casinos in Massachusetts, and also believe a person should have the freedom to play online poker in their own home. So I can appreciate your attempt bring internet poker to the state. However, I feel the proposed 10% uncapped rake may be extremely uncompetitive. The idea to allow the entire world to play in MA online poker rooms is fantastic, but why would a European player want to play in a MA room when they can play on Pokerstars.com and pay a 5% rake capped at $3?
I believe an idea such as adding a live poker room to the slot license could be extremely beneficial a place like Plainridge. So a track with a slot license could have slot machines as well as offer poker games. Poker is different than other casino games in that players to do not play against the house, and there is an element of skill. This would fit in well at a racino without it being a resort casino. Also, more importantly it creates more jobs (dealers, floor staff), as opposed slots which are just machines.
Thanks for your consideration,