Big push as Reid/Kyl poker bill yet to emerge in last days of Congressional session. Further evidence of the mounting desperation of pro-Federal legalization of US online poker surfaced this week in the form of a statement from the American Gaming Association (AGA) which urges Congress to pass “The Internet Gambling Prohibition, Poker Consumer Protection and Strengthening UIGEA Act of 2012” or better known as the Reid/Kyl Bill.
The Poker Bill
The AGA is encouraging Congress to introduce and pass the online poker bill claiming dire consequences for gambling patrons, problem online gamblers and minors should a set of Federal minimum standards not be introduced.
“Without swift congressional action, the U.S. will soon see the largest expansion of legal gambling in its history,” said Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., president and CEO of the AGA. “And without any federal guidelines in place, the result will almost certainly be inadequate oversight that creates a world of unnecessary risk and problems for law enforcement and U.S. online gamblingconsumers.”
The association accompanied its plea with the launch of an informational video, titled “Stop the Clock”, which can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKd-2_VJpkA
The AGA vows to keep the pressure on over the remaining couple of weeks of the current Congressional session by lobbying lawmakers and utilizing social media and Capitol Hill news outlets to spread its word.