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Breaking News! New Online Poker Bill in U.S. Senate

Post by thehogster65 on Thu Aug 06, 2009 7:47 pm

August 6, 2009 (PAP Newswire) -- New Jersey Democrat Robert Menendez has just introduced into the U.S. Senate a brand new piece of legislation designed to legalize and regulate Internet poker.

"To amend title 31, United States Code, to provide for the licensing by the Secretary of the Treasury of Internet poker and other games that are predominantly of skill, to provide for consumer protections on the Internet, to enforce the tax code, and for other purposes," the bill begins.

The bill would establish a new legal regulatory framework for Internet poker in the United States, and also put in place certain consumer protections such as age restrictions. Officially entitled S.8309, the Internet Poker and Games of Skill Regulation, Consumer Protection, and Enforcement Act, it was introduced today.

No matter what success this bill meets with, it represents another huge milestone in the nationwide struggle to reclassify poker from gambling to a game of skill. This movement seeks to enable online poker to be not only legalized but also change the way it is regarded in popular culture.

That movement has gained a lot of transaction over the past year, with smaller court victories in states such as Colorado, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina, and with Representative Barney Frank’s recent efforts to legalize and regulate certain sectors of online gambling with his own legislation (which is separate from this bill).

Home to the original U.S. gaming resort destination, Atlantic City, New Jersey has long had its own internal struggles regarding the legality of gaming, and has recently clashed with the federal government on this basis. So it makes sense that the author of this new legislation is is from New Jersey — and a Democrat, the party that is apparently more open to the idea of fully legalized online gambling. (Although it technically has bipartisan support, the vast majority of supporters of Barney Frank’s recent pro-Internet gambling efforts have been Democrats.)

The Poker Players Alliance (PPA) not only supports the new bill, but has provided a copy of it at its website.
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Re: Breaking News! New Online Poker Bill in U.S. Senate

Post by datsme53 on Thu Aug 06, 2009 8:41 pm

This indeed is a step in the right direction. This is good news for all online poker players all over the country. Let's hope this is met with the kind of support it needs to get the ball rolling and doesn't get bogged down with a lot of crap and added on weight it does not need. Online poker needs a boost in this country .... this could be the beginning of a very positive developement to recognize poker as a game of skill and get much needed legalization. It's time for all poker players to step up and call... write.. email their representatives and ask for support for this legislation. It's the bottom of the ninth... the 4th quarter... the 3rd period... the final set... let's win this thing! Smile
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Re: Breaking News! New Online Poker Bill in U.S. Senate

Post by slyone66 on Fri Aug 07, 2009 10:21 am

thanks for the update Hogster, sooner or later we will win and internet gambling will be a free and everyday thing, without the worries if you are going to get payed from a site or not without the government seizing your online funds....
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Re: Breaking News! New Online Poker Bill in U.S. Senate

Post by Roller on Fri Aug 07, 2009 11:10 pm

Fantastic News .....


The Poker Players Alliance (PPA) not only supports the new bill, but has provided a copy of it at its website.

This is Great news.....

Thanks for the information.

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