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Washington DC Online Poker Bill May be in Trouble

7 June 2011 by admin

Remember when we were all psyched about the online gambling bill that passed in Washington DC a couple of months back? It was believed to be the first jurisdiction in the US to pass any sort of positive online gambling legislation. And it was done right under the Republican anti-online gambling Congress up on Capitol Hill. Online Poker players in the US were thrilled.

According to the bill, online poker hot spots were to be set up and operational in July. This would mean players would have to bring their own laptop or mobile device, such as a tablet PC, to the hot spot in order to play online poker with others within the DC area. By September the network was to have been expanded so that players could play online poker from their own homes.

Now all of that is in jeopardy because of one man: Michael A. Brown. Brown was an independent councilor who said to slip the bill into the Washington DC budget without any public hearing or committee review. The budget was enacted in December of last year, which began the countdown on the waiting period the bill had for Congress to say no to. The countdown ran out and US online gamblers rejoiced at a small victory of having someplace in the US to play legal and regulated online poker.

But recently in an article in the Washington Post the details came to light. It was then that the nature of the bills inclusion in the budget became known. It was also when some poking into Brown’s background yielded some interesting facts:

Brown was a senior public policy advisor at a legal firm by the name of Edwards Angell Palmer and Dodge. Here he was paid $240,000 in 2010 alone, the same year that the bill for online poker was written and slipped into the DC budget. The reason Brown’s employment is so significant is because EAPD has clients that are a part of the online gambling industry including those who provide software—including GTech whose subsidiary, GTechG2 is an online gambling software provider. Other clients of EAPD include casino owners as well as some individuals who provide financing to online gambling activities. What is noteworthy is that these clients would benefit if DC and other states legalized and regulated online gambling or online poker. Interesting that they are clients of the same firm where Brown worked before leaving to become a lobbyist for the Madison Group.

EAPD claims that Brown acted independently from the law firm, saying that what their employees do outside of work is not under their prevue. They also say they were not aware of what Brown was up to in regards to the DC online poker bill. But suffice to say that with this new information coming to light, the DC online poker will is going to have a tougher time being realized.

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