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Frank: Kyl and Tribes Biggest Obstacles to Online Poker Regs

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In an exclusive interview with PokerNews, longtime online poker advocate Barney Frank expressed an opinion that’s not likely to sit well with US online poker players: He doesn’t see regulation happening in 2012.

From the interview:

Frank said that two of the biggest problems standing in the way of online poker legislation at the moment are opposition from some Indian tribes and that Sen. Jon Kyl is not yet fully on board.

Frank said that Kyl, a high-ranking Republican who could bring the needed bipartisan support to the bill, is against including a revenue component in any Internet poker legislation out of fear that it could make gambling more popular and entice more state lotteries to get involved. Of course, many other legislators favor Internet poker licensing because of the revenue possibilities.

“We might have to wait until Kyl is out of office for this to get done,” Frank said.

Source: Barney Frank Talks to PokerNews

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