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Federal Online Poker Deal Still in the Works

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While Nevada issues their first online poker licenses and other states like Delaware and New Jersey continue to amble toward regulation, little has been said of late regarding the potential for federal regulation of online poker.

That lack of talk does not (apparently) equate to a lack of action. According to a recent article in the Nevada Appeal, negotiations regarding online poker are still ongoing in the US Senate:

Any job creation is a positive step forward economically, and Nevada’s two U.S. senators, Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Dean Heller, remain all-in regarding online poker’s legalization.

“Senator Reid believes legalizing online poker remains important for Nevada, and he will continue to work on this issue,” said Reid spokesman Kristen Orthman.

Echoed Stewart Bybee, communications director for Heller:

“Senator Heller continues to support legalizing Internet poker and has been working closely with both Senator Reid and Senator (Jon) Kyl on legislation to achieve this goal.”

Notice the “has been working closely” in the above statement, indicating that the long-rumored deal between Kyl and Reid regarding online poker is still in play. Chances are any bill would have to wait until the post-election period commonly referred to as the “lame duck” session.

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- Chris is the publisher of OnlinePokerReport.com. Grove also serves as a consultant to various stakeholders in the regulated market for online gambling in the United States.