Joe Barton Introduces iPoker Bill in the United States
By Matt Kaufman, Rakeback.com Poker News Staff Writer
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The bill, titled the “Internet Gambling Prohibition, Poker Consumer Protection, and Strengthening UIGEA Act of 2011,” would expressly legalize online poker in all states that do not choose to opt out.
Poker is the only game that will benefit in to the proposed legislation, as it amends existing laws to strengthen the government’s fight against other forms of internet gambling.
Within the first two years of the bill passing, only entities that have operated large American casinos for at least five years would be able to acquire internet gaming licenses.
The age requirement for playing would be 21 and sites would be unable to accept credit cards as a form of deposit.
Although there has not yet been enough time for many legislators to voice their opinions on the bill, it is co-sponsored by 11 members of Congress.
The bill includes several provisions that address the concerns of politicians with a history of voting against pro-gaming legislation. For that reason, this bill may have a greater chance of bringing licensed poker to the United States than any of its predecessors.
The complete text is available if you are interested in seeing the details of the bill. Please click the link below.
- Barton Internet Poker Bill (PDF – 203K)
As always, we’ll keep you posted with any developments as they become available.