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Will online gambling be legal in the US by the end of 2013?

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Will online gambling be legal in the US by the end of 2013?

Asked by: jeffmasse in Politics » United States
Settled on 01/06/2014 21:55 Settled by Super Userkruijs
Winning option:No A panel of members packed into a crowded committee room to consider a bill to legalize online poker. Its sponsor: Texas Republican Joe Barton, a Tea Party member who cast the measure in conservative terms.

“It is a states’-rights, user-friendly bill,” Barton said of his legislation, which would legalize online poker nationwide while giving states the ability to opt out.



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   Super Userkruijs

Congress could legalize online gaming, allowing the hundreds of U.S. poker players who have fled the country to return.

While the poker industry is lobbying hard to make that happen, it’s the ultimate nightmare for many U.S. Indian tribes, who fear it could destroy their $28 billion-a-year casino business.

While no vote has been set, poker lobbyists have lined up backing from the nation’s most powerful senator, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, who once headed his home state’s gambling commission. They’re banking on Reid to force a bill through by the end of the year, reversing the ban approved in 2006.

To help get the job done, the Poker Players Alliance, a lobbying group representing poker players across the country, is leading a national grass-roots campaign, urging its 1.2 million members to flood members with letters, e-mails, phone calls and tweets.

   Super Userkruijs

In recent years, it's become clear to a growing number of policymakers, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, that the ban on online gambling is a failure. Many federal and state-level politicians want to legalize online gambling, which Congress made illegal in 2006.

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