Hawaii Senator Wants To Legalize Online Sports Betting And Poker


Senator Ronald D. Kouchi has introduced Senate Bill 3376, aiming to change Hawaii‘s stand on gambling. This bill could be a game-changer and setting the stage for online sports betting and poker in the Aloha State.

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Understanding the Bill

At the center of this bill is the creation of the Hawaii Gaming Control Commission as a regulatory body.

The bill went through its first reading by standing out with its unique approach.

Unlike previous attempts, Senate Bill 3376 proposes using tax revenue from online wagering for a noble cause – aiding the victims of Hawaii’s devastating wildfires.

Imagine a world where your love for sports betting and poker contributes to the greater good. The bill is projected to raise $6.8 million annually in tax revenue.

The initial tax rate would be 70% on gross receipts in the first year, decreasing by 5% each year. This strategy supports wildfire relief and combats illegal gambling, depriving Hawaii of significant revenue.

A Single Operator’s Dream

In a surprising twist, Senate Bill 3376 steers away from retail sports betting, allowing just one lucky operator to enter Hawaii’s market.

However, there is a rigorous application process, complete with a development plan, a $50,000 application fee, and a $200,000 bond to ensure compliance. This single-operator model is similar to New Hampshire‘s approach, where DraftKing reigns supreme.


Despite their potential, online sports betting and poker in Hawaii face a steep uphill battle. Previous bills, like House Bill 344, stumbled and fell.

Senate Bill 3376 is about raising significant revenue for Hawaii as well as responsibility. Bettors and employees must be at least 21 years old, with a cap of $1,500 per bet. Furthermore, it introduces a program for compulsive gamblers, showing a commitment to social responsibility.

A Glimpse into the Future

Hawaii’s new Senate Bill 3376 is about adapting to change, embracing new opportunities, and balancing profit with responsibility. Their journey offers valuable lessons and an exciting glimpse into the future of online sports betting and poker.

Hawaii’s leap towards legalizing online gambling marks a significant moment in American gambling history. As we eagerly watch it unfold, one thing is clear – online gambling is ever-evolving, full of surprises and opportunities.

So, stay tuned, as the story of Hawaii’s SB 3376 could very well shape the future of online gambling in the U.S.


Senator Ronald D. Kouchi of Hawaii has introduced Senate Bill 3376, a bill that would legalize online poker and sports betting with a focus on using tax revenue to support wildfire relief efforts.

Senator Ronald D. Kouchi introduced Senate Bill 3376 in Hawaii.

The projected annual tax revenue from SB 3376 is $6.8 million.

No, SB 3376 allows only one operator for online sports betting and poker in Hawaii.

The application fee for a license under SB 3376 is $50,000.

SB 3376 includes measures like a minimum age limit of 21 for bettors and employees, a $1,500 betting cap per event, and a program for compulsive gamblers.

Operators must file a $200,000 bond under SB 3376 to ensure compliance with regulations.

By legalizing and regulating online gambling, SB 3376 aims to reduce illegal gambling activities in the state.

Catie Di Stefano has worked in the gambling industry since 2011 for major brands like Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Gaming Innovation Group and Betsson Group. She started in customer support at age 19 and has since worked her way through VIP, CRM and Marketing. Today, Catie is passionate about educating players on consumer rights and the best approaches for legal play in the United States as the Director of Community Marketing at OnlineGamblers.com. Catie was born in Indonesia but grew up in Sweden. Currently, she resides in Spain with her two daughters.

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