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Federal Internet Poker Bill Dead for 2012

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The time for a federal Internet poker bill to succeed during the lame-duck session of Congress has expired. Pokernews.com reported the missed opportunity for federal regulation in 2012 may mean states will pass online gaming legislation, negating the purpose of federal oversight.

David Krone, chief of staff for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada), told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the Senator would try again next year, but he seemed pessimistic.

“Our goal is to definitely try again next year but Senator Reid's feeling is that after a while there comes a time when you've lost momentum, you've lost the consensus you've built,” Krone said. “There will be a window next year, but I don't see it going long.”

“It is an extremely disappointing end to a year where tremendous progress was made,” said John Pappas, executive director of the Poker Players Alliance. “I am most upset for the players, who have been calling on Congress for years to pass an Internet poker law that protects consumers, restores their freedoms and raises revenue. While I don't think these voices have fallen on deaf ears, I am discouraged that Congress could not coalesce around a solution in the wake of the ongoing fiscal crisis.”