South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham Attempts to Ban Online Gambling in the US
According to PocketFives, the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) recently sent out an email which clearly outlined Lindsey Graham’s plans to create a legislation that will ban all online gambling in the US.To date, Graham who is the South Carolina Senator, has not yet commented regarding when this legislation will come into effect and sources have commented that the Senator still requires a democratic co-sponsor for the bill.
It is clear that Senator Graham believes that online poker should also be banned thereby expanding the Wire Act to include a ban on all forms of online gambling. Graham stated that the reason for his anti-online gambling legislation is that this form of gambling is not good for the country and that there is limited gambling in the South Carolina state.
In response to Graham’s recent move, PPA Executive Director John Pappas strongly believes that banning gambling will negatively impact the country as well as those who enjoy playing poker online. Pappas also stated that banning online gambling will uproot serious problems and that this bill needs to be strongly opposed.
Since Graham has never commented on the online gambling issue in the past, many believe that this recent move by the Senator is to boost his re-election campaign for the June primary since he is currently only a few steps ahead of the opposition. Others view Graham’s attempts as a means of protecting the gambling monopoly of the government.