Online Poker Legislation Introduced in USA Again

Published Friday, July 12, 2013 -
Online Poker Legislation Introduced in USA Again

This week Congressman Joe Barton from Texas after a lengthy Internet Poker campaign, has launched introductory legislation to legalize online poker. For republican Barton, this is the second attempt to move forward on the controversial issue, the first being in 2012, and he hopes it does not meet the same fate, being stalled. This Bill, with the name the Internet Poker Freedom Act of 2013, however when passed federally would only allow Indian citizens and certain states who opt in to conduct online gambling activity.

Barton appeared confident when making a statement that, “Congress may accomplish my goal and create a federal standard.” He added that,” he is only protecting the integrity of the game and the rights of those who play it.” The Bill, he explains is such that it includes safeguards for problem gamblers and of course children.

A spokeswoman for Dina Titus, D-Nev., Caitlin Teare, said, “She plans to closely review Congressman Barton’s legislation to ensure that it includes strong consumer protection safeguards and sound regulatory oversight.” In 2011, Nevada legalized online poker. This year it included further regulations. As well, this year New Jersey introduced legal forms of gaming online and further hopes to launch websites later in the year. Of note, Delaware has legalized online gaming and several states are looking at the issue.

“The complex web of state and local regulations now being devised could leave players at risk,” Barton said. Executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based poker advocacy group, John Pappas, Poker Players Alliance, called Barton’s legislation a, “common-sense bill.”

In summary Barton said, “Poker is an all-American game. “I continue to be supportive of the Americans who play poker online. They deserve to have a legal, on-shore system that makes sure everyone is playing in an honest, fair structure.”

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