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Play now!It looks like a full court press is being put on by many of the key proponents of legalizing and regulation Internet poker in the United States.

Key lobbyists and top gaming executives are meeting with Congress in an attempt to get the U.S. to come out of the dark ages when it comes to online poker.

Serious Lobbying
Whenever the subject of Internet poker in the United States comes up most members of congress simply ignore it but that doesn’t appear to be the case this time. Frank Fahrenkopf is the chief executive of the American Gaming Association and he is always putting pressure on congress but this time he is not alone. He has been joined by the president of Boyd Gaming, the CEO of Ameristar Casinos, and other top executives. The American Gaming Association is really putting pressure on House and Senate leaders to get a bill passed that would legalize online poker in the United States. They also reportedly are meeting with White House chief of staff William Daley so this is definitely a serious effort. They also appear to have Senate majority leader Harry Reid on their side. The lobbyists have a number of things in their favor this time including reports that other countries are capitalizing on Internet gambling while the U.S. is being left out in the cold.

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Harry Reid
You might just be able to say this current lobbying was just another longshot attempt to get a bill passed that would regulate online poker but with Harry Reid on board the attempt can’t be dismissed. Reid tried last year to get an online poker bill passed but failed. He seems to have a lot more support this time around. There are some different gaming bills floating around including the one put together by Democrat Barney Frank and Republican John Campbell. The American Gaming Association may also be working on a bill with members of congress.

Only a Matter of Time
The day is coming when some sort of online gambling or online poker bill is passed in the House and Senate. There are too many people now that want something to be done and online poker is simply too popular in the United States to be ignored for much longer.


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