Work continues on our next book, Harrington on Modern Tournament Poker; How to Play No-Limit Hold ’em Multi-Table Tournaments by Dan Harrington and Bill Robertie. It’s a large book, so it’s taking us a while to work through all the things we do before we produce a book, but our estimated month of publication will be March of next year. However, this date is certainly subject to change.
The next bit of news, and this is quite important, is that Internet poker has now started in New Jersey. Since at the time of this writing, it hasn’t been going for very long, there isn’t much specifically I can say about the sites. Though, just the fact that it has now started is important, and I’m sure there will be plenty of discussion in the forums.
So, what’s the next step in the spread of Internet poker across the country? How fast will this happen? And will states actually begin to link up and expand the player pools?
Obviously, this last point, having states link up will be crucial. Part of the reason why Internet poker was so successful before, is that not only were there lots of games, but that there was always a game for a new player to join in. For this to happen again, it’s my opinion that a number of states will have to link up.
Again, no one knows what exactly will happen, but it looks to me that the next key state might be Pennsylvania. Not only is it near New Jersey where a natural link up can be made, but it’s a state where gambling has been recently been successfully introduced, and the people in the state seem to be quite enthusiastic about it.
As for California, it’s my opinion that this state will go it alone, and that’s okay since there’s enough population in California to have lots of games. As for when, again we’re hearing this will happen soon. Unfortunately, we’ve been hearing that things will happen soon in California for some time now, so we’re hoping their politicians and different entities that want Internet poker can finally get it together.
Anyway, things now look much better for the comeback of Internet Poker in the United States. But again, it can still take a couple of years before it’s up and running in the way that we at Two Plus Two would like to see it.