Lawmakers are trying to find ways to fill a multi-billion-dollar gap in the state's budget and they say online gambling may be the way to go.  Supporters say it could bring in hundreds-of-millions-of-dollars-a-year, but opponents argue it'll lead to a whole slew of problems. 

One of the concerns is that teens will be compelled to participate in the online wagering.  But John Pappas, with the Poker Player's Alliance, says that shouldn't be a problem because gaming operators would be required to implement age verification software before they can be licensed and before they can settle bets.


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