Pressure for Online Poker Legislation Hits Individual States

Published Thursday, January 10, 2013 - Online-Casinos.com

The main aim of lobby groups in America has been to get Federal officials to pass some sort of legislation that would permit online gambling and in particular online poker in the USA. A great deal of money and time has been spent to convince the elected senators that online gambling is possible in America in a controlled and responsible manner.

The argument has pointed out the revenue generating aspects of legalization and has also made everyone aware of the safety regulations provide for consumers and problem gamblers. Unfortunately the differences that Tribal casino operators and various state representatives have voiced have kept the ball from moving in any direction. The Poker Players Alliance has spent enormous amounts of cash to lobby for changes at the federal level in America to no avail. They have realized that there is little hope of finding a majority for consensus at the Federal level. The new direction for the PPA is to lobby for legislation on a State by State basis. Executive Director for the PPA John Pappas commented. We will be largely focusing our efforts on passing player-friendly bills in the states where legislative action is brewing. It certainly is cooking in the States of Nevada Delaware and now New Jersey which is awaiting the signature of their governor Chris Christie to secure its place in the historical and slow changes to the legal landscape for online poker players in the USA.

The PPA is not giving up on Washington D.C., Pappas confided. Pappas indicated that the dominance of the big casino and resort operators in Nevada is an issue that was bound to take place. Caesars Interactive has also lobbied to a great degree to have some sort of legislation passed in Congress. Nevada and Delaware are the only states that have passed forms of online gambling legislation. Nevada permits only poker and the state will be the first to offer legal online poker sites which are expected to be launched in early 2013.

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