Internet Gaming at the Global Gaming Expo
By Scott Carlson, Rakeback.com Senior Writer
The Global Gaming Expo (G2E) recently concluded in Las Vegas and the hot topic on everyone’s lips was internet gaming. Points of interest coming out of G2E were the possible advancement of HR 2267 along with the recently passed law in the New Jersey Senate allowing internet gaming.
Prospects of HR 2267 in Lame Duck Session
Executive Director of the Poker Players Alliance John Pappas was interviewed at G2E. Pappas indicated that “every star has to align” for regulated internet gaming to pass congress before the end of the year. Republican Senators lead by staunch anti-gambling Arizona Senator John Kyl indicated that no bills will be passed during the lame duck session unless Senate Democrats pass Republican tax cut legislation.
Pappas also indicated all is not lost if a bill is not passed by the end of the year. With Republicans now holding the majority in the House of Representatives, Pappas and the PPA have their work cut out for them. He indicated that with over 100 new House members, the PPA will meet with every one and educate them on the bill. He is hopeful that they can persuade them before they are “tainted” by their constituents.
New Jersey and Legalized Online Gaming
New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak, author of the bill that recently passed allowing intra-state online gaming in his state was also at G2E. He discussed the recently passed bill and some possible challenges in the upcoming months.
Lesniak indicated New Jersey would not allow customers from other states in the U.S. but would allow players from outside of the U.S. He realizes this will cause problems with the World Trade Organization (WTO). Senator Lesniak is looking forward to the challenge from the WTO because he wants to prove to the U.S. Government the hypocrisy of the current legislation.
Needless to say the next few months will decide the future of internet gaming in the United States.