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Legalization of Online Poker May Not Be Approved By All Republicans

Written By: PokerNet.com | August 31, 2012 | Posted In Poker News

This week, reports have surfaced that the Republican platform will not really be in favor of Internet poker. Its wording would possibly put an end to a multi-billion dollar sector of online gambling, especially online poker.

The platform wrote, “Millions of Americans suffer from problem or pathological gambling that can destroy families. We support the prohibition of gambling over the Internet and call for reversal of the Justice Department’s decision distorting the formerly accepted meaning of the Wire Act that could open the door to Internet betting.”

Earlier, Republican congressman, Joe Barton from Texas, proposed a move that will legalize online poker. This was ironic knowing that their new platform was saying otherwise. A few of Barton’s fellow Republicans have already supported the bill that pushed legalization of online poker.

The Poker Players Alliance has acknowledged the efforts of legislation by these politicians and issued a statement. The statement said, “It is unfortunate that the authors of the plank are at odds with many House Republicans who are leading the charge for licensed and regulated online poker, but it is even worse that they are so out of touch with the actual voters. Let’s all be sure to do our part through Election Day to ensure that all lawmakers understand where the people are on this important issue.”

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