New York is on the short list of the “next state to regulate online poker in the United States.” They have tried multiple times over the last couple of years to pass legislation and conditions appear to be favorable for the Empire State to join Nevada, Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania in the regulated iPoker market.
At some point, we will see New York online poker and once that happens, here’s a preview of the types of poker games you can find the state.
The World Series of Poker is not just one of the biggest live poker events in the world, but it is also the largest regulated online poker site in the United States. WSOP.com presently operates in Nevada and New Jersey and will soon operate in Pennsylvania.
Once online poker in NY becomes a reality, you can expect WSOP.com to be one of the first online poker sites to launch. In addition to offering poker cash games and tournaments, you will also have the opportunity to play in online satellites to World Series of Poker events in Las Vegas, including the World Series of Poker Main Event.
Texas Hold’em is the most popular form of poker in the world and the game made popular following the Poker Boom in the early 2000s. After regulation of online poker in NY, expect multiple websites to spread a wide variety of Texas Hold’em cash game and tournaments.
Cash games and tournaments will be available in a wide variety of stakes ranging from micro stakes to mid-stakes games. Expect to find various forms of Texas Hold’em offered at these sites, including Head-Up NL Hold’em, Six-Handed NL Hold’em, and maybe even Short Deck NL Hold’em. You’ll also find a wide variety of poker tournament variants, including Knockout, Deep Stack, Bounty, and more.
Omaha poker is the second most popular form of poker in the world and a favorite of poker players that love high action poker games. New York online poker sites will undoubtedly feature a variety of Omaha poker games, primarily Pot-Limit Omaha.
Most PLO will be played in cash game format with a few occasional tournaments sprinkled in from the larger providers such as WSOP.com. Cash games will likely be limited to micro stakes and low limit games at first, but in time don’t be surprised to see high limits added.
In addition to standard Omaha Poker, some sites may offer Omaha Hi-Lo Split, also known as Omaha 8 or Better. This popular split-pot game will be offered in both Limit, and Pot-Limit format in cash games with most tournaments spread in Pot-Limit format.
When Will iPoker be Legal in New York?
New York has attempted multiple times to regulate online poker in the past, and a new bill is presently being considered in 2019. However, state lawmakers have turned most of their attention towards the regulation of sports betting. Unlike some states, they plan to regulate sports betting separately from online poker and online gambling.
Presently, we anticipate New York to focus on passing sports betting legislation in 2019 and then turn their attention to regulating online poker. Our best estimates put New York online poker being regulated sometime in 2020.