Federal Internet Poker Efforts Dead for 2012

Nevada Sen. Harry Reid is declaring congressional efforts to legalize Internet poker dead for the year.

The Senate Democratic Majority Leader said Friday that proponents of an online gambling bill are out of time as the legislative session draws to a close.

Reid says he's disappointed by lawmakers' failure to reach a deal to legalize and regulate interstate gambling online.

He says he'll take up the effort again next session, along with Nevada's Republican Sen. Dean Heller

With individual states moving ahead with online games, the casino industry is seeking a federal standard.

Reid was working with Arizona Republican Sen. Jon Kyle to push a bill through in the final days of the 2012 session.

They faced opposition from state lotteries and Indian casinos.


Statement From NTRA President and CEO Alex Waldrop:

“The NTRA will continue to monitor the future progress of federal I-Poker, however, this 2012 lame duck session of Congress was widely viewed as perhaps Sen. Reid’s best chance for passage of federal I-Poker in the foreseeable future.”

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