PPA Speaks of Missed Opportunity in US Poker Legislation

John Pappas, the director of the Poker Players Alliance, appeared on TV late last week to discuss the latest attempts to legalize and regulate online poker in the United States. Despite Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid’s attempts, Pappas said in the segment ‘The High Stakes of Internet Poker’ that it would take a “Christmas miracle” at this point to see the bill passing.

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“Unfortunately, I think Congress is missing an opportunity to get this done and get it done sooner than later,” he admitted. “I think next year is really our next best venue. The vehicles this year just don’t add up to get a bill done and there was really no way to get the bill as a standalone measure any time in the last week or so.”

“I just don’t think there’s any way it’s going to happen now,” he said.

Reid got everyone’s hopes up that he would be pushing the poker legislation through on the back of a tax relief act during the ‘lame duck’ session of Congress, before the end of the year. However, by the looks of things, it simply hasn’t garnered enough support to make it through this year.

“I don’t know how any member of Congress – Republican or Democrate – can be happy with the status quo,” said Pappas. “They passed a bill in 2006 that tried to prohibit internet gambling, but it’s grown. Millions of Americans continue to play online poker and they’re doing it without any of the protections the Federal Government could provide.”

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