Online Poker One Of 25 'Thorny' Issues In Lame-Duck Session: The Hill
Nevada Casino Interests Still Reaching For Glimmer Of Hope
It may be gloomy on Capitol Hill at the moment, but there could be some light shinning through the clouds for an online poker attempt to at least be seriously considered.
It was better for gamblers that President Obama was re-elected, as the lame-duck session has a greater chance, although maybe still negligible, of producing a poker result. The Hill mentioned web poker in its list of 25 “thorny” issues facing Congress in the coming weeks.
An online poker proposal from the mental caverns of Nevada Senator Harry Reid (Democrat), a defender of his state’s dominant industry, and Arizona Senator Jon Kyl (Republican), a one-time online poker foe, is in the works. Kyl will be retiring in January.
Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) has a stagnant plan for web poker in the House.
While stand-alone legislation exists, some think that web poker would need to be a part of an omnibus bill, addressing a more important issue, in order to have any chance of passage. Many in power still think the very idea of online gambling is a rotten one.
Casino interests from Reid’s Nevada want a federal bill, but some other states and lotteries loathe his proposal. In any case, online gambling is already inching forward on a state level and doesn’t need a federal regime in order to take shape as an industry.
The Obama administration leans toward having web poker be a state-level problem.
Follow Brian Pempus on Twitter — @brianpempus
|1||Alex Jacob Falls Short On Latest Jeopardy|
|2||Grandmother Denied $41 Million Slot Jackpot|
|3||Jon Stewart Rips Chris Christie Over Online Gaming|
|4||Jonathan Duhamel, PokerStars Part Ways|
|5||Poker Professional Throws Out First Pitch|
|6||Web Poker: Viktor Blom Loses $340,000|
|7||Griffin Paul Wins 2015 WPT SHR Poker Showdown|
|8||Join Card Player Poker School, Get Free $15|
|9||Paul Leads WPT SHR Poker Showdown Final Table|
|10||Win WSOP Seats With Americas Cardroom|
|1||Jeopardy Fans Irked By Alex Jacob's Playing Style|
|2||Watch What Happens After This Player Slowrolls|
|3||Poker Player's Unorthodox Strategy Crushes Jeopardy|
|4||Poker Legend Dave 'DevilFish' Ulliott Passes Away|
|5||Alex Jacob Challenged On Fourth Jeopardy Appearance|
|6||Oregon Woman Wins Three Straight Poker Tournaments|
|7||Woman Found Guilty In Poker Player's Murder|
|8||Online Poker: Jean-Robert Bellande Wins $121K|
|9||Alex Jacob Ups Jeopardy Win Streak To Five|
|10||Alex Jacob Falls Short On Latest Jeopardy|