Harry Reid Rep: Online Poker Bill Dead for 2012, Could Be Dead for Good

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In breaking news from Washington, DC, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV, pictured), who has reportedly been working with UIGEA mastermind Jon Kyl(R-AZ) to create an online poker bill and push it through Congress in 2012, has declared the issue dead until next year. The news comes just a few days before the close of the current Congressional session, when all bills not acted upon will need to be reintroduced in order to be acted upon.

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One of Reid’s staffers told the Las Vegas Review-Journalon Friday afternoon, “It is something next year we can investigate again, but for 2012, for this Congress we have run out of time. Our goal is to definitely try again next year, but Senator Reid’s feeling is that after a while, there comes a time when you’ve lost momentum, you’ve lost the consensus that you’ve built. There will be a window next year, but I don’t see it going long.”

Reid was reportedly seeking a vehicle to attach online poker to as a rider in similar fashion to how the UIGEA was passed in 2006, and his options included a piece of legislation addressing the so-called fiscal cliff. In 2010, Reid was reportedly targeting a budget bill for an online poker rider, but his efforts were also unsuccessful.

Earlier this week, Reid, the leading Democrat in the Senate, told reporters that he had managed to procure Republican support for an online poker bill, but lacked a vehicle to attach it to: “We suddenly have Republican votes on internet poker two weeks before Christmas. Without being vulgar, what the hell would I put it on?”

PPA Vice President of Player Relations Rich TheEngineerMuny posted Tweets consisting of quotes from the Las Vegas Review-Journal story. Muny told PocketFives he was still confirming the story and would e-mail us back in due time. Meanwhile, PPA Executive Director John Pappas told PocketFives that he could not confirm the bill was dead, but did not sound optimistic about its chances.

The measure had garnered quite a bit of opposition, including a group of state lotteryrepresentatives that visited the Capitol in recent weeks to voice their displeasure about the bill restricting their ability to raise revenue online. Certain tribaland family-focused interests also vehemently opposed Reid and Kyl’s efforts.

Caesars Entertainment Senior Vice President Jan Jones told the Journal, “Everybody worked real hard on this. This is disappointing to the industry and also the country. Many folks want this to happen.”

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18 COMMENTS

    • What the heck does this mean, we’re waiting until 2014 now? GG USA, wp’d.

      This is likely just going to go state by state now. Nevada and Delaware already have legalized online poker or internet gambling in place and we’re waiting for games to launch. After that, I would expect to see a flurry of states legalize it for revenue.

    • Online poker in the USA is officially dead. Who the hell wants state by state? It’s not even going to be worth it. GG everyone, it was nice while it lasted. It’s been almost two years and nothing has been done about it. No hope for ever having access to a site like Stars. Game over peeps!!

    • too all u democratic Obama dik lickers u can’t blame this on the republicans this time. if this was a African American or another minority dominated sport i bet it would be passed before now, because they wouldn’t dare want to be labeled racist. but a white dominated sport can be put on the back burner cause the whites (European American) will just go away quietly. WAKE UP! kill whitey

    • too all u democratic Obama dik lickers u can’t blame this on the republicans this time. if this was a African American or another minority dominated sport i bet it would be passed before now, because they wouldn’t dare want to be labeled racist. but a white dominated sport can be put on the back burner cause the whites (European American) will just go away quietly. WAKE UP! kill whitey

      LOL at anyone thinks like this I feel sorry for you. It’s a shame for poker players as gambling is not a popular issue to begin with and we made progress in showing that is a skill game. Powerful interests remain that prefer not to have a federal bill pass. Sadly whats best for players is last on the list of priorities.

    • LOL at anyone thinks like this I feel sorry for you. It’s a shame for poker players as gambling is not a popular issue to begin with and we made progress in showing that is a skill game. Powerful interests remain that prefer not to have a federal bill pass. Sadly whats best for players is last on the list of priorities.

      i feel sorry for u Joshuwgb for even considering ur written thoughts as sound logic. u stated that “gambling is not a popular issue” really? u really think that is true? 48 states allow some form of gamblinig whether its casino’s, lottery (a tax on the poor) or horse/grey hound racing. the only states that don’t allow any of this are Utah and Hawaii. 20 states have legalize casino gambling
      Colorado
      Delaware
      Illinois
      Indiana
      Iowa
      Louisiana
      Maryland
      Massachusetts
      Michigan
      Mississippi
      Missouri
      Nevada
      New Jersey
      North Carolina
      Ohio
      Oklahoma
      Pennsylvania
      South Dakota
      Washington
      West Virginia

      Two US territories have also legalized commercial casino gambling:

      Puerto Rico
      US Virgin Islands

      poker is the only game that skill out weighs the pure luck factor!

    • too all u democratic Obama dik lickers u can’t blame this on the republicans this time. if this was a African American or another minority dominated sport i bet it would be passed before now, because they wouldn’t dare want to be labeled racist. but a white dominated sport can be put on the back burner cause the whites (European American) will just go away quietly. WAKE UP! kill whitey

      Racism has got the best of you. Horse racing has always dominated
      the betting scene. You blaming so called minority dominated sports is based on BS.
      Its the hypocrisy of politicians who let us l gamble on the stock market and get screwed by all the
      hedge fund moguls who want to protect us from the online scum.
      Pah your logic sucks.

    • Racism has got the best of you. Horse racing has always dominated
      the betting scene. You blaming so called minority dominated sports is based on BS.
      Its the hypocrisy of politicians who let us l gamble on the stock market and get screwed by all the
      hedge fund moguls who want to protect us from the online scum.
      Pah your logic sucks.

      Its the hypocrisy of politicians who let us l gamble on the stock market and get screwed by all the
      hedge fund moguls who want to protect us from the online scum.

      i agree w/ this. my point was that if some minority based activist group started to throw the word “Racism” around, the poker bill would get more attention. where are the same or equal activist groups at when it comes to a white dominated sport such as poker? no where to be found. how is this fair or equal? its not about “Racism has got the best of you” it’s about being equal and being fair. u can lay down like a good guilty white and refuse to stand up for ur rights. however its not the wisest path, and no one gets hurt either way.

    • I agree, gambling not a popular issue, with lawmakers, or general average joe folks..They go with the highest number of complaints up there, and online poker is item number 1713 of list of important-ances…close to turtle bridge building in butfk montana, and ostrich abortion legislation..

      I believe they’ve gotton thru item #1, and are not doing very well with #2..If we had all green lights they would still run outa time and we’d be hosed further…

      Oh, hey racism dood…if blacks were all together pushing for legalizaiton of real money domino tournaments, they would be no further…your broken sir…check with your dealer for possible recall notices..

    • you people are crazy saying the games will be smaller than merge if done state by state if we can get california,new york and new england involved thats more than enough people

    • This could be really dumb.. but with state by state.. I for example live in Virginia. Would I only be allowed to play with players from VA? lol

    • This could be really dumb.. but with state by state.. I for example live in Virginia. Would I only be allowed to play with players from VA? lol

      Yes, at first…All 36 of you

    • you people are crazy saying the games will be smaller than merge if done state by state if we can get california,new york and new england involved thats more than enough people

      state by state… new england?… did i miss something?

    • Online poker in the USA is officially dead. Who the hell wants state by state? It’s not even going to be worth it. GG everyone, it was nice while it lasted. It’s been almost two years and nothing has been done about it. No hope for ever having access to a site like Stars. Game over peeps!!

      Do you ever read the news and then think about what it means? PokerStars is buying an Atlantic City casino for $50 million. NJ state Senator Lesniak has publicly welcomed PokerStars and stated “we’re glad Poker Stars, the world leader of online poker has chosen New Jersey for it’s American headquarters”, and New Jersey just recently altered their online poker bill to allow PokerStars to be licensed. They are voting on the bill this week, and it should pass easily, and Christie is expected to sign it. And in case you live under a rock, online gamblings biggest foe (and the one responsible for UIGEA), the NFL, is about to get slapped by New Jersey in court next year that will allow sports gambling in New Jersey, and set the legal precedent for legal sports betting everywhere.

      New Jersey will be tying into international pools, and PokerStars will be available to it’s residents by next year. Do you really think they settled with the DOJ for 750 million without a reason? Online poker doesn’t violate the wire act, and if legal in a state, there is no Federal restrictions for a tie in to international pools.

      Here’s what you gloom and doom people fail to realize, ONLINE POKER WAS NEVER ILLEGAL, AND IT STILL ISN’T. You don’t need a Federal bill to legalize something that is not and never was illegal. The only issue is money processing, and once states legalize transactions, there will be no more Federal financial interference.This Reid/Kyl garbage was a bill designed to restrict online gambling freedoms, and carve out poker for only the Nevada casinos who NEVER have the players best interest at heart, only their bottom line. This was an attempted monopolization of one of the biggest business sectors that there will be in this century. Online poker forced through to benefit Nevada would have produced terrible games for the player, as it would be designed to overcharge with high rakes and fleece everybody.

      I’ve been saying it for months, the defeat of this garbage Federal bill is the best thing for not only online poker players, but all online gamblers, and for those who cherish those freedoms for all gamblers, and not selfishly want to throw them under the bus to get a special carveout for themselves. State by State is the best for us, and thankfully, New Jersey is about to get us rolling in the proper direction.

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      ++ almost all of what shakhtar said. State by state might suck in the beginning but will quickly be just like the lottery where every state joins in. Stars is one of the best companies and being run by some pretty smart cookies.

      Why would they pop over $700 million then turn around and buy a US based casino for another $50 million? Think about it.