Friday, 7 June 2013
Federal online poker is back on the agenda in the USA after new legislation was introduced on Thursday.
Republican congressman Peter King's Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection and Enforcement Act 2013 would establish a common federal regulatory regime for online gaming. The bill would also create an Office of Internet Gambling Oversight in the Treasury Department to set criteria for the licensing of operators by state and tribal governments. “A common federal standard will ensure strong protections for consumers, protect against problem and underage gambling and make it easier for businesses, players, lawmakers and regulators to navigate and freely participate,” said King. King’s office stated that the proposed measure, which would need to be backed by both houses of the US Congress before being signed by the President, also includes an opt-out provision for any jurisdiction ‘that does not wish to participate in the federal interstate system...and prohibit online gambling or to operate intra-state gaming within its borders as authorised under state or tribal law’. The latest bid for a national solution to online gaming in the USA comes after Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware introduced intra-state lesgislation. King's new legislation was given backing from the Poker Players Alliance lobby group whose CEO John Pappas said, “Congress cannot ignore progress and the facts. Americans want the freedom to play online poker in a regulated market and states are filling the void. Already three states have authorized online gaming and several more are on the precipice of joining them. “Poker players recognize the benefits of a federal law over the current state-by-state approach. However, as more states lead, it will be difficult for Congress to follow – and even more difficult to see the necessity of federal legislation. We hope that all of Congress can work together and support this bill. We look forward to supporting this vital legislation and urge its swift movement through the legislative process.”
Juicy Stakes and Intertops Poker will hold their special May Day online poker tournament with a guaranteed $2,000 in the prize pool on May 1 and players are being offered the chance to qualify from Monday to April 30 via a series of satellites.
The Easter holidays are now upon us and Juicy Stakes and Intertops Poker are celebrating by holding a pair of special online poker tournaments.
Juicy Stakes and Intertops Poker will be launching their three-stage Vegas Milli Maker tournament series from tomorrow offering players the chance to win a prize package to compete in the upcoming Millionaire Maker event at the 48th annual edition of the World Series Of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas.
Intertops Poker and Juicy Stakes are about to kick off three-stage online satellite tournament series that are promising to award winners with prize packages to compete in the upcoming European Poker Championship in Velden, Austria.
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