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For many of those in the online gaming industry, it seems that with the ringing in of every new year comes the renewed hope that at least one more state will adopt legislation to allow virtual gaming.

Online poker has traditionally been the poster child for the liberalization of gaming laws in the US, as stories of the pursuit of excellence in the iconic American game have proliferated mainstream media in recent years. And as state lawmakers grapple with budget deficits and calls to protect their citizens from unscrupulous offshore providers, a broader collection of online gaming—including slots, casino games and fantasy sports—are being considered along with online poker as potential solutions.