New Federal Online Gambling Bill With Poker Carveout Making Rounds in Washington

bill legal lawOnline Poker Report – A new online gambling bill that includes a carveout for online poker is said to be in play at the federal level.

That’s per Nevada journalist John Ralston, who posted a copy of the bill draft on his site here.

Ralston did not offer much additional context for the bill, saying only that it is “floating around DC,” and adding “I smell a Nevada company.”

The bill draft is titled the “Internet Gambling Prohibition and Control Act of 2014” – a variation on the original title of the Sheldon Adelson-backed “Restoration of America’s Wire Act” (RAWA) bill recently introduced by Sen. Lindsey Graham and Rep. Jason Chaffetz.

Very little is known about IGPCA or the forces supporting it. But the draft bears similarities to a bill foreshadowed by Nevada Sen. Dean Heller back in February.

Much like RAWA, IGPCA seeks to update the Wire Act in a manner that would apparently outlaw many forms of online gambling.


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