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New Federal Online Poker Bill Introduced

Congressman Peter King From New York Drafts Proposal

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A new online poker bill has hit the halls of Washington, D.C.

According to the Associated Press, Republican New York Congressman Peter King has introduced a proposal to regulate the industry nationwide. The bill would allow states to opt into a online poker system overseen by the federal government.

“A common federal standard will ensure strong protections for consumers, protect against problem and underage gambling, and make it easier for businesses, players, lawmakers and regulators to navigate and freely participate,” King said in a statement.

The bill’s title is lengthy. It has been dubbed the Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection and Enforcement Act of 2013.

Some federal lawmakers have tried for a while to pass an online poker bill, but nothing has ever materialized. In the meantime, Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey have legalized the activity for within their respective borders.

Nevada kicked off its real-money games earlier this year with the launch of Ultimate Poker, a site owned and operated by an offshoot of Station Casinos.

Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, reportedly will also try to re-introduce an online poker bill this year. It’s unclear if Nevada Sen. Harry Reid will make another attempt.

Any federal online poker bill faces very long odds of passing.