The Congress Passes Internet Gambling Bill: Industry’s Future Uncharted

Senator Priest initially tried to attach the gambling bill to the Pentagon report, but the addition of the bill was considered “non-epidemic” by Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), a member of the military committee. In addition, Senator John Warner (R-VA) opposed the addition of the bill to the defense bill. This opposition by two major senators, one on each side of the island, seemed to indicate that the bill was nearly dead.

On Monday, Sept. 25, 2006, National Right for Online Gaming (NROG) was the first to report that the internet gambling bill was clear: “The National Right for Online Gaming (NROG) today confirmed that Senator Bill Priest’s attempt to pass an online gambling ban before Congress takes a break for the election has failed and that no further action will be taken in the coming days,” said an NROG press release. Michael Bolshek, president of the online poker lobby, the Poker Players Alliance, was still in a “wait and see” approach.

On Friday afternoon, Sept. 29, 2006, news broke that Senator Priest had agreed to include the Internet gambling language in the Safe Harbor Act. Much of the Internet gambling language dealt with payment options for Internet gambling sites, and the Internet gambling bill does not appear to include the language that updated the 1961 wire law. Around midnight Eastern time, the House of Representatives passed the bill with a landslide, and the Senate passed the accompanying bill with “full consent.”
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The bill does not go into effect immediately and should not panic for internet gambling enthusiasts and online poker players across the county. “The bill is very vague in its impact on payment options for people who want to gamble on the internet,” said Pocket Five marketing director Dan Saif. “The future of Neteller and FirePay remains to be seen.” Jay Bailey, NROG’s membership director, argued, “Based on everything we’ve seen regarding this bill, Neteller and Fireplay seem to be safe.” The attorney general’s office now has a 270-day window to determine exactly how much the internet gambling bill will affect this multi-billion dollar industry enjoyed by millions of Americans. “The best thing we can do is to be educated about what this bill will do and what it won’t do,” said Saipra. “It’s important to stay calm and be informed.”

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