"People will be able to play online legally in the United States in many places very soon... We have this bizarre situation where it is legal for an American to play online poker for money using a game that is provided by an illegal offshore entity. I think it is very hard to imagine why we would allow Americans to buy a service that no American company can offer."
Under a federally regulated scenario, the U.S. online poker industry could rake in $6 billion to $8 billion a year. If states did this on their own - and that appears the most likely deveopment at present - the revenue would be $2 billion to $3 billion to start.
The federal government would get about 15 percent of that revenue if it regulated online poker, accoring to Caesar CEO Loveman.