ALBANY, N.Y. -- The New York State Senate voted Tuesday for the first time to legalize gambling on online poker in the state, a historic expansion of gambling.
The Senate passed the bill 53 to 5 at 7:30 p.m. to allow the state's 11 racetrack casinos to apply for 11 licenses to hold online poker games.

Finally, New York State has seen the light on the advantages of making
online poker legal in New York. It still has some hoops to jump through, but the signal the Senate sent by approving this bill by a 53-5 means it's only a matter of time. If approved by the assembly, we could see it happen by year's end. All it will need is Cuomo's signature.

I have been an online player for years and was shocked when the State Attorney General shut it down. The issue wasn't gambling- the problem was the banking transactions that had to take place in order for you to send and take money from your account. The sites shut down Pokerstars, Full Tilt, and others had reputations for fair play. I won a chunk of money and always got it in a matter of days. There were scandals with other online poker sites which is all the more reason it needs to be legal.

When it's finally approved, we will do a huge poker tournament. If you have thoughts on this issue and would like to voice them, E-mail me at

P.S. contact your state representative and tell him/her to vote yes!