No US Federal Regulations in Sight for More Online GamblingPublished December 25, 2013 by OCR Editor
Online poker advocates don't know quite where to turn to as their carefully laid out plans for federal regulations fall on deaf ears.
Two weeks ago, the House subcommittee held a hearing on internet gambling; it was heralded a success by online poker supporters, but thus far, has not actually pushed the federal government to draft any laws.
At the hearing, speakers from both the Poker Players Alliance and the American Gaming Association presented a strong argument for the need of federal regulations for online gambling. And yet, in a comment to Gaming Today, Manufacturing and Trade chairman Rep. Lee Terry (R-Nebraska) said, "There's really nothing on the agenda next for this. We are going to see how things are evolving in Nevada and New Jersey and other states."
This anticlimactic lull after a "win" at the hearing has left poker players across America disappointed and restless. Pro-internet gambling regulations feel that the longer it takes for the federal government to act, the less likely it will be for any real plan to be put into action. In fact, a delay in federal regulations will just cause individual states, like New Jersey and Nevada, to implement their own regulations, eventually eliminating the need for US federal regulations.
US Online Gambling - Next States in Line
As it stands now, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Mississippi are up next to implement state-regulated online gaming. But until the federal government chooses to act, or more states are able to move quickly, American poker players must either play at overseas, unregulated sites, or play at a handful of casinos that accept American players - but the choices are not many.
Until the federal government initiates a plan for online gambling regulations, advocacy groups like the Poker Players Alliance and the American Gaming Association will continue to push for a move in this direction. The main beneficiary, after all, will be the United States government.