Online Gambling Ban Blocked in US Congress

gambling block prohibit illegalLast week, I shared with you news that poker public enemy #1 Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson has been lobbying the House Appropriations Committee for language hostile to online poker. Per the Adelson ban plan, since our opponents know their proposed prohibition would be crushed in an open up-or-down vote, this was to be inserted in that committee’s latest budget bill. However, due to the outstanding efforts of poker advocates and lobbyists, anti-poker Reps. Charlie Dent (R-PA) and Henry Cuellar (D-TX) quickly conceded defeat and withdrew their measure without even seeking a vote!

While it may seem odd that Dent, a Pennsylvania congressman, would seek to override his own state’s efforts on licensing online poker, it may not come as a surprise to learn that Adelson’s Sands Bethlehem is in Dent‘s district. It also should not come as a surprise that Dent and Cuellar pledge to try this again. Be assured that PPA will be ready for any and all backdoor attempts at a national online poker prohibition.

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