Online gambling will perhaps affect the local poker players. I'm hoping it will keep the more skilled Nevada players home more often and free up more poker table seats for tourists. However, I know that the electronic tables did not go over at Excalibur, so that may not be a new pattern.
Meanwhile here in my home state there is an exciting ruling on the legality of poker games run by average people. It would be exciting to have poker rooms around the state as they do in California. Right now New York has some of the worst gambling rules in the nation making most of the games huge rip offs, especially the bingo slots that are disguised as video poker.