US Gamers Pin Hopes on Barton Bill
US Gaming laws have been a regular fixture of newspaper headlines this month following the Department of Justice’s recent crackdown on illegal online operations. The events of ‘Black Friday’ have prompted many members of the gaming industry to pin fresh hopes on the arrival of updated legislation to introduce a properly regulated service to US consumers. The Barton bill represents just one source of hope for gambling enthusiasts – putting forward a system of licensing under the auspices of the Department of Commerce.
At the heart of Barton’s (R-TX) HR 2366 lies the principle of state by state online casino regulation. The bill would pave the way for states to offer state gaming licenses as they deemed fit thereby abolishing the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act which has curtailed gaming activity since 2006. Sponsors of the bill are said to include Ron Paul, John Campbell, Shelley Berkeley and Barney Frank. Barton remains adamant that he will not be pushing ahead with proposed reforms without the support of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. A hearing in a House Subcommittee has yet to be scheduled.
Meanwhile other organisations have also been gathering momentum in an effort to see new permissive poker legislation passed in the country. FairPLayUSA has just announced that they will be joining the Poker Players Alliance after receiving sponsorship from Industry giants Caesars Entertainmnet and MGM/Mirage. The group’s Board of Advisors now includes the legendary 2004 WSOP winner, Greg Raymer, as well as a host of other high profile players. The Poker Players Alliance has issued a statement backing the grass roots campaign.