TwoPlusTwo forum chief Mason Malmuth has hailed the recent passage of online poker legislation in Pennsylvania as a step towards a “viable Internet poker scene in the United States,” according to his Publisher’s Note in the November 2017 edition of the TwoPlusTwo Magazine.
“The Great State of Pennsylvania has just passed an Internet gambling bill that includes online poker, and Governor Wolf has signed it,” the 2+2 Top Dog informed his readership late Tuesday. “This is the best news of all especially since Pennsylvania is a big state.”
The longtime poker community enthusiast who recently celebrated his 10,000th post on the 2+2 boards added that if Pennsylvania joins an online gambling liquidity sharing deal between New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware, “we should be on our way to a return to a viable Internet poker scene in the United States.”
Malmuth, a former Northrop Grumman Corporation probability theory analyst — fell in love with live California poker games in the 1980s — and has promoted open communication and accountability between players, media and operators as an administrator of the world’s largest poker forum since 2002.
He is also responsible for game-changing poker strategy books via TwoPlusTwo Publishing, which Malmuth founded in 1987. His poker writing career began in 1983 when he was first published by the Gambling Times print magazine.
To find out more about Mason Malmuth, you can watch his in-depth conversation with Poker Life Podcast host Joey Ingram below.
The Wolverine State is “the next state with a real chance of passing” regulated online gambling, according the 2+2 Magazine‘s sources. Michigan’s population of 9.9 million is nearly as large as that of Pennsylvania (12.8 million), according to official U.S. Census Bureau estimates.
Michigan’s geographical location could increase the chances of future iGaming and land-based operator collaboration, as it does not share a border with either of the four states that have voted to regulate online poker. Live casino patrons in western Pennsylvania (near Pittsburgh) would be the closest in proximity to MI, but would remain a four-hour commute away from southeastern Michigan hub-district Detroit.
Optimism for Regulated U.S. Online Gambling
The recent wave of deal-making between top lawmakers in several U.S. states has resulted in bullish projections for many regulated online gambling proponents. “I think that this is the beginning a string of good news,” offered Malmuth after encouraging his readers to keep up with the latest regulated online poker forum posts by Poker Players Alliance Vice President Rich Muny.
Players who reside in or frequently travel to Pennsylvania should be aware that actual real money online poker games won’t be available in the Keystone State until 2018 at the earliest. Until that time, online gamblers must be physically located in New Jersey, Nevada or Delaware to enjoy regulated real money online wagering.
FEATURED IMAGE: Mason Malmuth with Marco Valerio (QuadJacks – WSOP 2013)