Senators Close to Finalizing Online Poker Legislation

08/05/2012
By Pamela PattersonGoogle
According to reports, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, are close to finalizing legislation that would legalize online poker. They are currently pursuing additional Republican support for the bill to push it through.
 
Reid did not specify where the deal currently stands but earlier in the week, he stated, "Here's the issue, Senator Kyl and I've worked very hard. What we need to do is get some Republican support. That hasn't been forthcoming yet.”
 
The legislation would make online poker legal, but would tighten restrictions on other types of online casino games.
 
An aide close to the process said that Reid is leaning on fellow Nevada senator, Republican Dean Heller, as well as Kyl, to bring other Republicans on board.
 
After last year’s Justice Department ruling that reversed the interpretation of the 1961 Federal Wire Act, federal legislation regarding online casino games was placed into a holding pattern. It did however spark further conversation and action by state governments on legislation. Delaware became the first to legalize the playing of online casino games within state borders last month.
 
Commenting on the re-interpretation of the Wire Act, Senator Kyle stated, "It's an opportunity to go back and revise the Wire Act, make sure that everybody knows that it applies to Internet gambling.”
 
Proponents of online casino games legislation, specifically poker, say that it is a game of skill that creates an environment less susceptible to scams because bets are placed against other players and not the casino.
 
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