US Online Poker Bill Aimed at Making Current Laws Stronger

Published Thursday, September 13, 2012 -

Corporations in America have great sway in the legislative assembly. The idea of lobbying is as old as the first time a contract was signed. Special interest groups believe that it is the squeaky wheel that gets the grease and in the USA that is the way. Online poker has been doing all it can to become reputable, honest and safe. The corporations of the land based gambling operators in the USA have a lot at stake with online poker. Internet has changed the gambling world and will continue to take a percentage of market share away from the terrestrial casinos unless of course those enterprises get the government to give them licenses and not others.

One way of doing away with online gambling issues is to allow the separate states to challenge the existing federal laws and try to change them. New Jersey is currently in that sort of dilemma where it needs to generate funds from gambling and it wants to include online access but is tied to federal laws that restrict the offerings.

“The Internet Gambling Prohibition, Poker Consumer Protection and Strengthening UIGEA Act of 2012” is a proposal that some gambling fans see as a reverse psychology bill where as the aim is to reinforce current legislation. The proposition by Senators Harry Reid and Jon Kyl seeks to prevent online gambling except for Internet poker and off-track horse racing. Leaving the State of New Jersey unable to offer sports betting to people located in the State. The Illegal Gambling Business Act and the 1961 Wire Act have both been called into question by a judge in New York and the Department of Justice. Online lottery sales would be still be allowed in individual states. With the Office of Online Poker Oversight set up under the jurisdiction of the Department of Commerce it would have the authority to oversee online poker regulations. Interesting to note that for the initial two years, only licensed brick and mortar casinos will be allowed to obtain a license to operate online poker sites.

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