Rep. Joe Barton is readying an online poker bill which legalize processing payments may introduced next week.
A bill that would breathe new life into online poker is almost ready; perhap in a week’s time. Rep Joe Barton,
R-Texas, is looking to present a piece of legislation that would
legalize the betting in online poker and would also have to create a new
federal regulatory body to watch over the online poker sites.
Barton has argued that he personally plays poker offline and believes
that it is a game of skill, unlike gambling. He also notes that playing
online poker is not illegal, its the processing the money for betting
that the government has a problem with; but there are those states where
gambling is legal. Under this impetus, the legislator will be
introducing his bill geared towards those gambling states.
If he gets his way, online poker sites
will need to be registered in the states where gambling is not frowned
upon; like Nevada for example. Gaming commissions in the Nevada state
would oversee registering these sites and keep them from cheating
customers. In turn, the federal regulatory body would keep those gaming
commissions in check. Anyone in the United States will be at first be
able to play for money, but states can decide to ban Internet gambling
if they really have a problem with the new poker freedoms.
Since April, the three big poker sites
have been dormant. PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absoulte Poker were
seized by the US Government for illegal gambling under the 2006 Unlawful
Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. The price for processing payments
for online poker range from five years in prison to 30 years and a $1
The Poker Players Alliance said at the time, “we are
shocked at the action taken by the U.S. Department of Justice today
against online poker companies and will continue to fight for Americans’
right to participate in the game they enjoy.”
I agree -- i don't see a world-wide thing happening -- at least not right now. But, there could be the lotto model.
Meaning certain states could partner up like in Powerball and Mega millions.