Originally Posted by **********
i stopped reading after the first sentence when the guy said they're close to a deal on legalizing internet poker.
Problem is when you stop reading without understanding what it is you're reading you generally have no clue what you're talking about.
The "deal" isn't necessarily anything that the vast majority of senators has even looked over let alone had a chance to vote on. The deal is a bipartisan piece of legislation that has been written up and agreed upon by two of the most powerful men in the senate, one from the left and one from the right.
Harry Reid has pretty much been our guy for a while now as far as federal legislation goes. He is the Senate majority leader and the Democratic Senator from the state of Nevada. Casinos have given him a bunch of campaign money in exchange for tryting get something done but he's yet to get poker attached to another piece of must pass legislation as a ride along (ipoker isn't going through as a stand alone bill any time soon).
John Kyle is a republican senator from Arizona and has been basically one of the biggest anti online gaming guys in the US senate. Until recently he alone has been Reid's biggest foe supposedly squashing his attempts at tacking ipoker on to two seperate bills, once this past December and once back in December of 2010. Remember those sweats? Probably not.
Harry Reid (D-Nevada) says ipoker isn't covered by the wire act, Kyle (R-Arizona) says it is so back in like Sept of 2011 the two send a joint letter to the DOJ asking for clarification of the law once and for all. The result was the December 2011 ruling by the DOJ saying everything but online sports betting is exempt from the wire act and its basically up to individual states on what they want to do about the rest http://www.natlawreview.com/article/...l-online-poker
Flash forward to now, states are starting to get their ducks in a row for going all the way with intrastate online casino gaming and lottery (Cali, NJ, Delaware, WV, Rhode Island, etc). This scares the hell out of senator Kyle (R-Ari). Not only is he about to lose the fight for online poker but everything
is going to be fair game!!! He decides giving a concession on online poker to Reid (D-Nev) for a re-write of the UIGEA is in his best interest so he gets on the horn with Senator Reid (D-Nev) and basically is like "yo, I will stop throwing a bitch fit about ipoker if you let me throw in bans against other online casino games. win win my nig!" and here we are with the "Deal" you're reading about. This piece of legislation isn't even expected to be introduced as a ride along until the lame duck session in December of this year and nobody other than these two guys really knows the fine print of the "deal". Only thing we can be sure of is that Reid gets his interstate ipoker for the casinos (and us the players, we want interstate which is national, not intrastate which is each individual state pooled off) and Kyle gets his re-write of the UIGEA2 and gets the ban on all other forms of igaming.
This is a very good thing if you're an actual online poker player. Sure the system will probably be far from perfect when first implemented but you have to understand it's still better than the status quo by a mile. Plus once legislation becomes actual law its much less of an up hill battle to get things altered more to ours and the casinos liking. If there's one thing Stars has shown in the last couple years its that what's in the best long term interest of the sites is directly lined with the best long term interest of the players so they're willing to work with them about a bunch of issues.