Federal Online Poker Legalization to Be Discussed

5 December 2013

Even though the legalization of online poker in the United States has been left behind for a while now, regulators are looking forward to discuss it in a hearing that will be held on December 10. Thus, the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade is expected to hold the meeting next week by the name of “The State of Online Gaming”. The hearing will supposedly examine the regulatory framework which governs internet gambling after the reinterpretation of the Wire Act by the Department of Justice.

During this hearing, the Subcommittee will also bring forward the “Internet Poker Freedom Act” created by Representative Joe Barton, a congressman from Texas who has many times pushed for the legalization of online poker in the United States. Up to now, besides being refused several times, Barton has continued trying to persuade the Capitol to pass the bill. Gaming insiders said that despite Barton’s optimism, poker enthusiasts should expect many opponents to be against the legalization of online poker at federal level in the near term. Even so, three American states have already legalized online gaming and now allow operators and casino software development companies to offer their services to residents. Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey could represent a benchmark for other states that are currently analyzing the possibility of legalizing the industry. Thus, the United States gaming industry is expected to expand in the near future, either state by state or under a federal law.

5 December 2013

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