Republicans Plan to Cut Online GamblingPublished June 29, 2015 by Sol FH
Two senators from the Republican Party are planning to ban online casino-style gambling in the US.
Online gambling has only recently been approved in certain states in the US. In 2011, it was cleared for in state gaming but excluded sports betting. While the other 47 states are still considering making online gambling legal, Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware are reaping the rewards of new revenue due to online gaming.
GOP Candidates Seek to shut it down
Even though US online gambling is only taking the equivalent of baby steps, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, backed by Senator Marco Rubio of Florida seek to stop it in its tracks. They have proposed the ‘Restoration of America’s Wire Act’, which if approved would take President Obama’s gambling legalization 180 degrees back to being illegal.
"Because of this decision by the Obama Administration, virtually any cell phone or computer in South Carolina could become a video poker machine," Senator Graham related. "A major rewrite of a long-standing federal law like this should be made by the people’s elected representatives in Congress and signed into law by the president, not done administratively." It is thought that these presidential hopefuls are appeasing GOP donor and Las Vegas casino tycoon, Sheldon Adelson, who is opposed to online gambling.
Online Mega Millions Doomed?
Online lotteries would also be affected by this proposal rendering them illegal, but tickets for state lotteries could be bought in person. It sounds weird but online horseracing would remain legal.
There was also drama surrounding this proposal by Poker Players Alliance director, John Pappas. He was intent on conveying his disgust for the announcement coming on the same day that South Carolina began the wake of those murdered at the Emanuel AME Church shootings.
"Unfortunately, Senator Graham has not reset his priorities and picked a very unfortunate time to engage in the Internet gaming debate," said Pappas.
The future of online gambling in the US is unclear if one presidential decision can change reverse its legality. If voted upon, and deemed legal by congress it could end governmental debates on the issue for the last time.