It's been a busy week in the world of online gambling; while online gambling opponents are trying to revive an old bill, New Jersey's online gambling stats are reaching record highs, showing that the industry cannot be stopped.
RAWA Supporters Resort to Sneakiness to Try and Pass Bill
Online gambling opponents have been trying to pass RAWA, the Restoration of America’s Wire Act, for years. RAWA would essentially impose a federal ban on online gambling, including the states that already legalized it. When proponents of RAWA were dealt another blow a few months ago, even Sheldon Adelson, the main mover and shaker behind the bill, seemed to give in and rumors spread that the bill would be reworked.
Last week, however, Senator Lindsey Graham revived the original bill by trying to sneak it into a piece of totally-unrelated legislation. But his attempts did not go unnoticed, as he had hoped - poker watchdogs were quickly turned on to Graham’s seemingly innocuous addition to the annual Appropriations Bill for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, Science, and “related agencies.” This is a bill that has nothing to do with online gambling, and yet, Graham inserted a pro-RAWA paragraph smack in the middle of it. While the text itself seems to be more of a note than a suggestion to turn anything into law, even notes are taken seriously in legal documents.
Fortunately, Graham’s move did not go unnoticed before the bill was approved.
New Jersey Continues to Break Records
The good news of the week is that New Jersey has broken its online gaming revenue record for the second straight month in a row. In March, New Jersey online gaming revenue brought in $15.5 million, creating the state’s record high. But April smashed that record with a whopping $17 million, creating a new high and a new bar to aim for this May.