Tuesday, December 8, 2009

As Internet Gambling Receives Support, the Government Games Continue

In the 90 minute meeting with the House Financial Services Committee, Barney Frank presented his case for legal internet poker and of course, Republican Rep. Spencer Bachus opposes the idea of repealing the UIGEA (Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act).
Though the meeting concluded without a vote, the conversation has finally begun in the arena needed for legalized and regulated internet gambling in the United States.
A number of witnesses appeared supporting Barney Frank's proposed legislation but Bachus brought out a letter from the FBI claiming there are a number of ways to cheat at online poker and that making it legal would open the door to corruption. The funny thing is, the Poker Player’s Alliance said Bachus' argument sounded more like one to legalize and regulate online gaming than proving reason against it. "Every concern the letter raises is better addressed by licensing and regulation than by prohibition," said John Pappas, executive director of the PPA. "The letter misconstrues much about the current state of online poker, but it does so in a way that clearly makes the case for why federal oversight is necessary."
It does appear there will be more discussion on the topic as Committee Chairman Frank finished saying, "We will be returning to the subject next year."

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