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Texas Republican Plans to Draft Online Poker Bill

Rep. Joe Barton to Soon Introduce His Own Attempt at Legislation


The Hill reported on Tuesday that Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) is planning to soon introduce online poker legislation, in an effort to pass such a bill this legislative session.

At a press conference outside the Capitol, Barton reportedly said that he has spoken to the leadership of the House Energy and Commerce Committee about online card playing and that the Poker Player’s Alliance has been a consultant on the measure.

“Poker is a game of skill,” Barton said during the press conference with poker pro Greg Raymer standing behind him. Barton also indicated that lawmakers were receptive to holding a hearing on his version of a online poker bill sometime this summer.

Online poker would not be Barton’s only ongoing battle to regulate cyberspace. He is the co-sponsor of H.R. 1895, the Do Not Track Kids Act of 2011, a bipartisan bill which would extend, enhance and update the provisions relating to the collection, use and disclosure of a child’s personal information.

Interest in federal legislation for online poker has been gaining bipartisan momentum since the Department of Justice and the FBI last month shut down the three largest online poker sites operating within the U.S., and after a Monday crackdown by a federal court in the state of Maryland brought down 10 additional online wagering operations. Barton’s online poker bill would likely have to compete with at least two other pieces of legislation.

Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., President and CEO of the American Gaming Association recently told Card Player that the organization is working on a bill which will likely be drafted and introduced to Congress in the next month or so. Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts), who had his first attempt on an internet poker bill fail, is currently working with John Campbell (R-California) on another piece of legislation. Although, the AGA has called Frank and Campbell’s measure a “dead-end bill.”



over 10 years ago

Well this is most welcome news. Republicans love to tie unrelated issues together in legislative bills. This time is for the benefit of us all. Hopefully it will pass.


over 10 years ago

I want to thank all the players who have responded and have signed the petition to President Obama to declare the UIGEA unconstitutional and order the DOJ to cease and desist the asinine persecution of online card players and the seizer of thier money. I also want to thank CardPlayer for allowing me to post my comments and the link to the petition which have quadrupled the signatures in one day.
To all who have signed,I would ask you to spread the word with your own comments to this website and others as many more signatures are needed. Here is the link once again.

Let Freedom Ring



over 10 years ago

takedown are you totally ignorant of our legislative process and the power distribution of the Legislative, Judicial , and Executive branches of government?

The bill was passed by the Legislative Branch and approved by G.W. Bush making it a Law. Obama does not have the power to declare a law unconstitutional. (Although I believe he thinks he can do anything.)

He can instruct the justice department not to focus on nor prosecute cases derived from the Law. However ignoring blatant money laundering could be a slippery slope.

The Judicial Branch is the only part of government that can declare a duly processed law to be unconstitutional.

Congress can pass a separate bill and have it signed by the President that changes, modifies, or eliminates the law.

If you want to be free you should learn a little more about the document that ensures our freedom..