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New Bill Introduced In Congress To Outlaw Online Gambling Where Already Legal

Bill Threatens To Shut Down Already Established Online Markets In Nevada, Delaware And New Jersey


U.S. Senator Lindsey GrahamA new bill has been introduced by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, which would make all forms of online gambling illegal under federal law.

In 2011, the government clarified that the Wire Act of 1961 only applied to sports betting, but Graham is asking Congress to reconsider.

“Because of the Obama administration’s decision virtually every cell phone or computer can again become a video poker machine,” Graham said at a news conference. “It’s simply not right.”

What makes the bill even more infuriating to online gaming proponents is that it does not include a carve out for already licensed and regulated markets such as Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey, which have been up and operational over the last year.

The Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection has already stepped up to fight back against yet another anti-online gambling bill. Chairwoman Mary Bono believes that regulated online gambling is the safest way to protect players.

“If we ban gaming online we are going to be setting up all sorts of black markets,” Bono said in an interview with Card Player. “In the end, consumers would be less safe.”

Graham and Chaffetz join Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson in his fight against online gaming. Adelson has poured millions into the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling and has vowed to “spend whatever it takes” to stop the industry from getting off the ground floor.



over 5 years ago

It always amazes me that a lot of the members of the Republican party doesn't want any Governmental involvement when it comes to health care, FDA reform, banking regulations, SEC regulations, campaign finance reform, etc., but when it comes to social issues such as gay marriage, women's rights, and gambling, they insist on "protecting" the people. Focus on the issues that matter to the majority of Americans Sen Graham, and let people spend their money how they wish. This bill solves nothing.


over 5 years ago

Good comment and 100% spot on!


over 5 years ago

Cinch to pass the House. If Reid brings it to the floor, will also pass Senate.

Last chance--veto by Obama. Anyone want to make the line on that happening?


over 5 years ago

Why would Harry Reid, a well-known advocate for online gaming rights, bring this to the floor of the Senate?


over 5 years ago

Political pressure.


4 years ago

Why would Jason Chaffetz, a self proclaimed conservative, do something so harmful to small business? Because he is a crony capitalist passing legislation that enriches his insider friends? Check out what eMainStreet Alliance dug up on Chaffy!