Let’s get back to our conversation regarding the legalization of online poker. As the states have been trying to beat each other in the race to pass some form of internet poker legislation; Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey already have their bills passed and most are betting that Nevada will be the first to go live with online gaming, only with poker, by as early as this summer.
We find it amusing that there is also a federal effort to pass a national bill, which would help with uniformity and protect against fraud. And although the states where the bettors resided as well as the state where the legal website is located would be the beneficiaries of the tax revenues, a very small percentage would go to the federal government. But that’s not the amusing part. What’s funny is this quote from Congressman Joe Barton (R-Texas): “I think the states’ passage gives some incentive to the federal government to act.”
Seriously? The dreaded, too awful-to-contemplate sequestration didn’t even provide the federal government incentive to act. I doubt many players, not even Vinny, one of our own (pictured here), would bet all their poker chips on this congress getting any meaningful legislation passed in the foreseeable future.