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Tides Turn for Online Gambling Legislation in the States; Barney Frank to Blame?

5 November 2010 by Devon Chappell

Getting online casinos properly regulated in the United States has been no easy task. First, there was opposition from land-based casino interests and anyone who was against gambling, period. Then, it was the Bush administration (enough said about that). And for the icing on the cake, the U.S. government went and made things even more complicated by passing what Congressman Barney Frank calls the “stupidest law ever passed”. Need I say more?

Speaking of Barney Frank, with the mid-term elections complete and the Republican Party now in control of the House, it appears all the headway being made to get the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act overturned and modernized legislation to tax and regulate online gambling passed, has come to a crashing halt. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not taking a nihilistic view here and taking the stance that regulating online gambling is impossible without a Democrat controlled House of Representatives. However, there is no denying it’s going to be harder.

The Republican Party has historically sided with the anti-gambling camp in the name of “family values”, and we all know their mantra of less government. In other words, it looks nigh impossible that online gambling will get regulated in the States before the next Presidential election. And we all know, that depending on how things turn out then, there is no telling when online gambling regulation will actually come up for a vote again. Of course, there is always the prospects of getting current legislation – the IGREA – moved along during the lame-duck session.

Whatever happens, I just hope all the hotheaded poker players out there will stop blaming Barney Frank for not getting his bill passed as of yet. Let me remind these folks – If it wasn’t for Barney Frank, we would be no closer to getting it regulated than we were before the online poker boom. President Obama shouldn’t be blamed either. Think about it. If you were the President and were facing a huge uphill battle in changing how things are done in Washington, not to mention more pressing issues like health care and a growing recession, I don’t think you would want to be making the legalization of gambling a major part of your Presidential agenda. It just doesn’t look good.

Where we all need to be focusing our attention now is getting back control of Congress (Oops, did I just give away my party affiliation?). It simply doesn’t look like it’s the time to press the issue of regulation. If it’s forced, then there’s a good chance there will be more damage than liberation. If there is one thing that we can call learn from how the UIGEA was passed into law, it’s to wait until the timing is right, which many times, is the final hour. Wait for the final hour, my friends – and don’t blame Barney Frank.

One Response to “Tides Turn for Online Gambling Legislation in the States; Barney Frank to Blame?”

  1. danielle jacobs says:

    tsk tsk! Such a no-ending issue. What if they just decide to legalize online gambling? There would be no problems if this happen.