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Longtime Opponent of Online Gaming Warms Up to Poker?

By Ian Hiaring, Rakeback.com Poker News Staff Writer

Senator Jon KylYou can probably file this under the “doesn’t really matter” category, but it appears that U.S. Senator Jon Kyl may be softening his stance against online gaming, in particular online poker.

Kyl was a key player in the last-minute addition of language to a 2006 bill that enacted the UIGEA, which as we all know by now, paved the way for the current indictments against the founders of PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, UB and Absolute Poker.

Kyl, the current Republican junior Senator from Arizona, recently posted an item on his website that alludes to a distinction between online gambling and online poker.

Kyl writes:

“Efforts to carve out an exception for games like poker, which many believe is a game of skill, may be considered later this year. Until I have the chance to review them, I cannot make a judgment about their merits; but I will consider them carefully as long as they leave in place the broader proscriptions against online betting.”

It’s interesting that Kyl is bringing up the “skill vs. luck” argument at this point in the game. Of course his reasons for the change of heart, even if minute, in the online gaming argument aren’t known. It’s nice to see such a dedicated villain of online poker at least recognize that poker is a touch different than shoving money into a slot machine.

Kyl recently announced that he would not seek re-election, and his term will conclude in January of 2013.

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