Washington, D.C. To Offer Online Gambling

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The federal government has cracked down on online poker sites. But a Washington, D.C. official managed to slip an online gambling measure into a budget bill that passed earlier this year.


And today's last word in business is ante up.

Washington, D.C. may soon be the first place in America where residents can legally gamble online.

The federal government has cracked down on online poker sites. But a D.C. official managed to slip the measure into a budget bill earlier this year. This fall, residents in the nation's capital could start playing Texas Hold'em and Blackjack on the Internet.

Proponents say it's not that big a deal. There's only a limited amount of money that you can blow on your online account. And we do not know if the game will evolve with special rules that fit the nation's capital, like for example, allowing you to hire a lobbyist to improve your odds of winning.

That's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.


And I'm Renee Montagne.

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