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Presidential Candidates Failed to Address Online Gambling

All gambling fans remember Black Friday in April 2011, however, despite the effects of it, online gambling and poker had very little to do with the Presidential election.

All gambling fans remember Black Friday in April 2011, however, despite the effects of it, online gambling and poker had very little to do with the Presidential election.

Instead issues such as the economy and the Middle East took centre stage.

At present Senators Harry Reid and Jon Kyl are backing an effort to legalise online poker, however, it is not necessary for a federal bill to be passed in order for individual states to move forwards with the idea.

Nonetheless, casinos in Nevada would certainly prefer a federal bill, in the mean time they are hedging their bets with intrastate models.

So far Nevada and Delaware have already allowed online gambling and other states are expected to follow next year.

Legalising online gambling is a very contentious issue at a federal level, not only because many politicians disagree with it, but also because it is extremely hard to find a compromise that the casino and lottery industry would be happy with.

Obama has never addressed the idea of legalising online gambling at a federal level, however, unlike the Republicans, he has never suggested reversing the legal opinion given by the DoJ on the 1961 Interstate Wire Act.

OCA News Editor

With a background in game development spanning 8 years, Sam Peterson is OCA’s leading authority in the world of online gaming. His focuses include new releases and gaming providers.

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