USA Federal Online Poker Bill Considered Again

Published Thursday, December 05, 2013 -
USA Federal Online Poker Bill Considered Again

American gambling has been going through a serious change of late with the introduction of regulated internet betting in Nevada Delaware and New Jersey. In Nevada only online poker has been sanctioned by the gambling authority but in Delaware and New Jersey there are online slots and other casino gaming opportunities being offered. New Jersey even plans to challenge the Federal laws regarding wagering on sporting events.

The federal laws need to be addressed as each new jurisdiction opens its doors to internet betting for real money. One U.S. congressman is calling for new federal legislation dealing with online betting.

U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, a Republican from Texas, introduced a bill back in July that proposes that the federal government establish a program for licensing online poker across the country. Next week the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade will look at the bill during public hearings.

Barton points out the inequality in the current laws governing online gambling. Barton explained,"Each law is different, which creates uncertainty with a complex array of regulations that could leave players at risk," Barton continued to add, "Just like millions of other players, I enjoy the strategy and skill involved in poker. I continue to be supportive of the Americans who play online. They deserve to have a legal, on-shore system that makes sure everyone is playing in an honest, fair structure."

Back in 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a statement which clarified the federal Wire Act of 1961, pointing out that the act only applied to sports betting opening the door for US jurisdictions to offer legal online gambling. Barton said, "I will continue to push for ... the Internet Poker Freedom Act because I believe the federal standards it creates protect the integrity of the game and the rights of those who play it,"

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