Interstate Online Poker Compacts: Too Tough A Hand To Play?

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A good read from Howard Stutz over at the LVRJ that examines how critical interstate partnerships will probably be for Nevada’s online poker industry to survive, let alone thrive – and how potentially difficult those relationships could be to establish and execute.


American Gaming Association President Frank Fahrenkopf Jr., the industry’s chief Washington, D.C., lobbyist, said partnering with another state might take an act of Congress – literally.

Fahrenkopf told Nevada’s Gaming Policy Committee on June 14 that federal lawmakers have historically shown little concern over interstate compacts, such as Nevada’s agreement with California over management of Lake Tahoe.

Gaming is different.

“I can assure you with a controversial subject such as gaming, I can see some people in the Republican party on the right, and some Democrats on the left, who might want to exercise Congress’ power,” Fahrenkopf said.

The article is obviously – at least in part – a vehicle for Fahrenkopf to keep the pressure on Congress to enact the federal solution to the online poker issue preferred by most in the casino industry. That agenda aside, it should still serve as a sobering reminder of how many structural hurdles still remain on the road to a mainstream, regulated online poker market in the US.

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