HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 18Issue 36AGA Announces Federal Poker Legislation Advocacy

On Monday, December 3, 2012, the American Gaming Association (“AGA”) launched a campaign to advocate for federal legislation that would authorize and regulate online poker activity nationwide. The campaign seeks to encourage Congress to introduce and pass federal online poker legislation in the near future in order to set national minimum standards for online poker regulation and oversight.

The campaign comes after the U.S. Department of Justice issued an opinion last year stating that the agency interprets the federal Wire Act to prohibit only online sports wagering. This interpretation was a departure from past views of the agency, which previously had viewed the Wire Act as a prohibition against all forms of internet wagering. Since the opinion was issued, several states have passed or introduced legislation that would authorize forms of internet poker or other online wagering within state lines. According to a press release from the AGA, “[w]ithout Congressional action, the U.S. is poised to see widespread legalization of all types of online gambling and a state-by-state patchwork of regulations that puts gaming patrons, problem gamblers and minors at unnecessary risk.”

In addition to advocating for increased awareness of the issues, the AGA currently supports the basic terms of a draft version of proposed federal legislation currently titled “The Internet Gambling Prohibition, Poker Consumer Protection and Strengthening UIGEA Act of 2012.” This proposed legislation may be introduced at the end of the current Congressional session, though it is uncertain if any action will be taken. The bill has purportedly been proposed by Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ) and Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and would include a licensing and regulatory system for online poker activity.

The AGA has stated that it will incorporate its existing online poker research and advocacy materials within the new campaign, including the resources available at the AGA’s Online Poker Headquarters. For more information, please visit the AGA’s Online Poker Headquarters, available at http://www.americangaming.org/government-affairs/aga-online-poker-headquarters.



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