Joe Barton Internet Poker Bill Could be Ready in Next Few Days

Written by:
C Costigan
Published on:
Internet Poker

A bill to legalize Internet poker in the United States could be ready by as early as this coming week.

Congressman Joe Barton of Texas, a Republican, plans to gear his bill towards states that currently permit gambling while others will be permitted to opt out.  Barton’s push for legalizing Internet poker in the US has been met with support even from the most hardened industry opponents, including Rep. Spencer Bachus of Alabama.  The bill would be steered through the House Financial Services Committee, which ironically comes under Mr. Bachus’ control. 

The state of Nevada would likely be in charge of overseeing and licensing online poker sites.  A companion bill has already passed in that state and was signed by the Nevada Governor last week.   States like New Jersey, where gambling is also legal, could also capitalize from the new federal law.  New Jersey was among the first to push for legalizing Internet gambling within its borders this year. 

A spokesman for Barton confirmed the bill is in the final stages of drafting and expected to be released very shortly. 

The Internet poker sector has suffered worldwide as a result of actions taken by the US Justice Department on April 15.  Three online poker rooms were indicted on bank fraud and money laundering charges.  All were forced out of the US.  Two of those companies, Full Tilt Poker and UB.com, have been unable or unwilling to pay their US customers while slow paying players in other countries. 

- Chris Costigan, Gambling911.com Publisher

Get a 100 Percent Bonus up to 700 euros at William Hill Poker (US and Philippines customers prohibited)

Poker News

The Mouth on Biles Backing Out of Olympics: 'Mental Heath is Real but Winners Stay Strong and Tough'

The Mouth on Biles Backing Out of Olympics: 'Mental Heath is Real but Winners Stay Strong and Tough'

Poker pro Mike "The Mouth" Matusow did not wish to downplay the seriousness of mental illness, but made it abundantly clear he agrees there needs to be some lines drawn.  The implication being that athletes can't just walk away in the middle of a competition for a "mental break".

Poker Pro Salman Behbehani Remains in Jail After Large Stash of Party Drugs Found on Private Jet

The haul found on board his private jet reportedly included 80g crystal methamphetamine, a highly addictive drug commonly used among gay men during sex, and 315g cocaine.

Doyle Brunson Wife Hospitalized

Doyle Brunson Wife Hospitalized

Poker legend Doyle Brunson announced via Twitter Tuesday afternoon that he had his beloved wife, Louise, rushed to the hospital.  Brunson was asking for prayers.

Layne Flack Will Be Laid to Rest August 3

Layne Flack Will Be Laid to Rest Aug 2

Flack, a six-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, died suddenly at the age of 52 two weeks ago.

Gambling911 World Exclusive: Matusow Beats Covid

Gambling911 World Exclusive: Matusow Beats Covid

Mike “The Mouth” Matusow has recovered from his bout with COVID-19, Gambling 911 can reveal in a world exclusive report!