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Barney Frank: Online Gambling a RightPublished July 7, 2009 by OCR Editor
Spoke in front of 1,700 poker players at the World Series of Poker.
Critic of military spending, protector of the environment and legislative leader on behalf of home owners across the United States, Representative Barney Frank (D - MA) visited Las Vegas on Sunday to speak at the World Series of Poker. His message at the event was a hopeful one.
The powerful Congress member has kept been fighting against the current ban on online gambling. Two bills sponsored by Rep. Frank - HR2266 and HR2267 - aim to legalize online poker and delay UIGEA regulations from taking effect by one year.
At WSOP, Frank told 1,700 poker players in attendance that he thinks online poker and online gambling are rights that need to be protected.
In an overall hopeful message, he added that his bills will pass by next year.
Rep. Frank spoke before the no limit Texas Holdem main event on Sunday. Some of the comments over his speech, courtesy of members of Hotair.com, included:
"What you want to do with your own money is your own business."
"Online gambling is illegal because those **** in DC can't figure out a fool proof way to tax the bejesus out of it. Yet..."
"Can we please not call poker gambling?"
"If the US would lift its restrictions, we'd have LESS fraud risk - you think Harrah's or Ceasar's Palace would want to get a reputation for cheating its customers?"