With the lame-duck session of Congress winding down, Senator Harry Reid is moving quickly to get a bill passed that would legalize Internet poker.
The “Las Vegas Sun” says the Senate Majority Leader has been circulating draft language for the bill that would license companies for legal online poker forums in the U.S. The measure would also set up federal regulations and allow both states and the federal government profit from the industry. But opposition to the bill is strong, and legal Internet poker may not pass in next year’s Congress, where Republicans will have control of the House. Last month, Reid won a tough re-election battle with help from some of Nevada’s leading casino operators. Online poker is now a 25-billion dollar industry, with an estimated 15 million paying American customers.
To learn more, KXNT Morning News spoke to Bill Spain from the “Wallstreet Journal” and MarketWatch.com.