Peter King to Introduce U.S. Online Poker Bill "Shortly"

Published on May 2nd, 2013

It has been an exciting week in the U.S. with the launch of the Nevada site Ultimate Poker, the first fully regulated intrastate internet poker room in the U.S. It is the first poker room, hopefully, of many, and with New Jersey and Delaware already legalizing the game and a few other states with legislation in the works, the status quo could be slowly improving for online poker players in the United States.

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What some players really want, though, is for online poker to be legalized and regulated on the Federal level. Enter U.S. Representative Peter King (R-NY, pictured). According to an article on Politico, King plans to introduce new online poker legislation in the House of Representatives "shortly."

This is not the first attempt in the halls of Congress at legalizing online poker. The most recent attempt never even got off the ground. Senators Harry Reid (D-NV, pictured) and the now retired Jon Kyl (R-AZ) had a bill written and wanted to introduce it during the lame duck session of Congress late last year, but were unable to garner enough support and decided not to even formally unveil it.

Sources told Politco that King is trying to get this done now in order to beat individual states to the punch. As already mentioned, three states have legalized the game and one has already seen a poker room launch. The thought is that as more states pass pro-poker legislation, the harder it will be to pass a bill on a national scale, as the states will not want to see their autonomy in that area stripped. Additionally, as more poker sites go live, streaming revenue to states' coffers, the less inclined those states will be to switch horses mid-stream.

Word is that King has made his bill more state-friendly. In October 2012, the National Governors Association (NGA) penned a letter to Reid and Kyl expressing its displeasure with their bill, the Internet Gambling Prohibition, Poker Consumer Protection, and Strengthening UIGEA Act. The bill still banned most internet gambling, but had a carve-out for online poker. The NGA took exception to that, saying it was "an unnecessary preemption of state authority."

The NGA feared that states' future ability to generate revenue through internet gaming would be harmed, writing, "As you know, states that authorize gaming in whatever form derive significant revenues critical to help fund programs for education, senior citizens, military veterans, and other important services."

In the Reid/Kyl bill, Nevada was given certain protections, as it was targeted as a hub of sorts for licensing. This also worried other states. Massachusetts Treasurer and Receiver-General Steven Grossman was particularly incensed, writing to Reid and Kyl, "We can only assume that the Act is a blatant, unwarranted, and inappropriate attempt to secure first-mover advantage in the online gaming space for Nevada interests."

King's new bill will reportedly tone down the Nevada favoritism and "provide some carve-outs for lotteries while limiting internet gambling largely to poker." State lottery commissions have been among the most anti-online poker because they see poker as a threat to lottery ticket sales. Any bill that would not just give the lotteries competition, but also potentially prohibit ticket sales over the internet, has and will likely continue to draw the ire of states and their lottery commissions.

Further details about the bill have yet to be released. It is not known if this will be an opt-out bill, where states will automatically have online poker legalized unless they specifically choose not to, or an opt-in bill, where no states are included until they decide to be.

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Comments

  1. Get it passed for the whole damn country

  2. This is great news. However it probably won't get through

  3. I question how many people now want state-by-state legislation vs Federal legislation now that Ultimate Poker is running in Nevada. Good to see something pro-poker, though.

  4. If the Gov. was so damn smart as to try and pass a bill, it's funny how the constitution says WE THE DAMN PEOPLE!! Well we are saying legalize online poker let STARS and FTP in and one would think with the WINNINGS, WE would spend them in the United States boosting our economy, our stocks etc, I don't see someone cashing out there winnings and going to europe to buy a benz, How seriousyl stupid can our leaders who don't listen to us that we elected dumb be? just saying, help the people out than, not your wallet size!!!

  5. "Online poker competing against lottery sales" Seriously!! How f...ing dumb are these people? The Lotto's should advertise on these sites! I don't know a gambler in the world that wouldn't throw a few bucks at potentially making Millions.

    Edited By: TXHustler016 May 2nd, 2013 at 07:58 PM
     
  6. Pass a damn bill. Allow stars and FTP back. Make american poker players happy. Stop trying to rule every part of everyones lives. Shut the f up and get on with concentrating on real criminals, you know, the ones who murder people etc. Folding A3o is not a crime. Crushing the sunday millions isnt a crime. Allow US to mix it up on the virtual felt with poker lovers across the globe. What's taking so damn long. It has already been 2 years. yadi yadi yah

  7.  
    Originally Posted by SetoTaven View Post

    If the Gov. was so damn smart as to try and pass a bill, it's funny how the constitution says WE THE DAMN PEOPLE!! Well we are saying legalize online poker let STARS and FTP in and one would think with the WINNINGS, WE would spend them in the United States boosting our economy, our stocks etc, I don't see someone cashing out there winnings and going to europe to buy a benz, How seriousyl stupid can our leaders who don't listen to us that we elected dumb be? just saying, help the people out than, not your wallet size!!!

    Yeah right I'm gonna spend all my winnings on hookers, headies and sports gambling!!!!!! The Feds and state are only concerned with new tax revenues derived from the operators of these gambling sights.. You know the guys makin all the money!!!!!!!

    Edited By: NINYIM May 2nd, 2013 at 08:14 PM
     
  8.  
    Originally Posted by ACheemz View Post

    Pass a damn bill. Allow stars and FTP back. Make american poker players happy. Stop trying to rule every part of everyones lives. Shut the f up and get on with concentrating on real criminals, you know, the ones who murder people etc. Folding A3o is not a crime. Crushing the sunday millions isnt a crime. Allow US to mix it up on the virtual felt with poker lovers across the globe. What's taking so damn long. It has already been 2 years. yadi yadi yah

    See your problem is that you are looking at it from a common sense view point. That doesn't play well when you are talking about politics.

    Nothing is done for its inherent good or fairness for the citizens. It's all about how do we capitalize on this? They see the states going for it in a serious way so now they get off their ass and do something. Same reactionary bullshit politics.

     
  9. "Shortly" in DC terms can mean an eternity. The good news is that, as a former legislative aide in DC in a US Reps office, is that the one thing the hill hates more than anything is not having uniformity nationally in a law. With states moving forward with their own legislation, it will no doubt spur a push to get a deal done at the federal level and encourage members of congress to take a stance and get off the sidelines. This will get done and the support will inevitably be there. It's just a matter of time. Sure would be nice to get cashouts in under 8-10 weeks again. Although the return of FTP and stars to the US Market would be ideal, if federal legislation was passed and they were not allowed to re-enter another site would fill the void and become the poker site with the most traffic worldwide and hence the best tourneys and cash tables so I wouldn't be too concerned. Lets just get this done. It's long overdue.

     
  10.  
    Originally Posted by TNvRO View Post

    "Shortly" in DC terms can mean an eternity. The good news is that, as a former legislative aide in DC in a US Reps office, is that the one thing the hill hates more than anything is not having uniformity nationally in a law. With states moving forward with their own legislation, it will no doubt spur a push to get a deal done at the federal level and encourage members of congress to take a stance and get off the sidelines. This will get done and the support will inevitably be there. It's just a matter of time. Sure would be nice to get cashouts in under 8-10 weeks again. Although the return of FTP and stars to the US Market would be ideal, if federal legislation was passed and they were not allowed to re-enter another site would fill the void and become the poker site with the most traffic worldwide and hence the best tourneys and cash tables so I wouldn't be too concerned. Lets just get this done. It's long overdue.

    I was agreeing with you right up until the bolded section. Probably one of the dumbest things i've ever read. If this were to happen it would take at least 10 years before another site was better than pokerstars/tilt. And i seriously doubt any site will be better within the next 25 years regardless.

    Edited By: LastAccountBanned May 2nd, 2013 at 10:11 PM
  11.  
    Originally Posted by TheVillageGrinder View Post

    See your problem is that you are looking at it from a common sense view point. That doesn't play well when you are talking about politics.

    Nothing is done for its inherent good or fairness for the citizens. It's all about how do we capitalize on this? They see the states going for it in a serious way so now they get off their ass and do something. Same reactionary bullshit politics.

    I can't agree more on this quote. If you think about it, it's all about the bottom line for the govt. If they are not making $$ off of online poker, they don't want it to happen. Meanwhile every other country in the world has no problem with online poker. =(

     
  12. For any tupac fans, you only need to listen to the song 'They dont give a fuck about us'!!

  13.  
    Originally Posted by LastAccountBanned View Post

    I was agreeing with you right up until the bolded section. Probably one of the dumbest things i've ever read. If this were to happen it would take at least 10 years before another site was better than pokerstars/tilt. And i seriously doubt any site will be better within the next 25 years regardless.

    Another site could be the biggest in one day fool!!

  14. using my ONE TIME!!!!

  15. "State lottery commissions have been among the most anti-online poker because they see poker as a threat to lottery ticket sales." This quote really gets me lol WHO DECIDED THIS CORRELATION

    EDIT: juaaaaan time pass online poker legislation, I promise your lottery madness will be fine !

    Edited By: Illini213 May 3rd, 2013 at 05:00 AM
  16.  
    Originally Posted by Illini213 View Post

    "State lottery commissions have been among the most anti-online poker because they see poker as a threat to lottery ticket sales." This quote really gets me lol WHO DECIDED THIS CORRELATION

    EDIT: juaaaaan time pass online poker legislation, I promise your lottery madness will be fine !

    plus 1

     
  17. blah blah blah and round and round we go

     
  18. Isn't there a much more likely chance of it passing considering there are 3 state models upon which the legislators can base the evidence to convince the people who don't agree?

     
  19. I'll believe it when I see it.

  20.  
    Originally Posted by Dan View Post

    I question how many people now want state-by-state legislation vs Federal legislation now that Ultimate Poker is running in Nevada. Good to see something pro-poker, though.

    State-by-state seems like a huge mess. Federal legislation has to be better. No one wants to play poker ONLY against players in their state. Ultimate Poker only allows Nevada residents which really does very little for the poker community overall.

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