Martin Shapiro, a poker enthusiast who posts in online poker forums under the moniker “PokerXanadu,” has proposed some poker laws, which he feels are player friendly and might capture enough interest to be brought into effect.

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Federal as well as state lawmakers are literally struggling to create satisfactory poker laws. So far, only New Jersey, Delaware, and Nevada have passed online poker laws although a number of state and federal legislators have attempted to do so, but without success.

Shapiro, who has written down his poker laws in the form of a document, believes that they can help lawmakers understand exactly how online poker players would like to be protected when they frame a poker bill that can be passed “in today’s political climate.”

Shapiro said: “I undertook this venture because no one else was doing it. Every bill that has been introduced to Congress to date has been an incomplete bill and which isn’t passable because it is partisan to a limited number of vested interests. I thought it time to come out with a bill which covers every issue, preserves all the protections and rights of players and sufficiently meets the needs of all the major vested interests in a compromise with which they can support.”

Shapiro’s bill, which is called the Internet Wagering Citizens Protection Act, is meant exclusively for the legalization of online poker. He has incorporated into his bill what he believes to be the best of existing poker laws, bills previously proposed by various lawmakers, and the current federal poker bills introduced by Barton and King.

Shapiro’s document embraces a wide range of issues such as taxation, licensing, regulatory oversight, consumer protection, enforcement measures, and updates to federal gambling laws such as the Wire Act of 1961, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) of 2006, and the Illegal Gambling Business Act (IGBA).

Shapiro, who has also included a “bad actor clause” in his bill, said: “I included a bad actor clause because I don’t think a bill would be able to pass the current Congress without one.” However, Shapiro feels that “real bad actors” do not deserve a share in the regulated US online poker market.

Shapiro has urged the members of the poker community to read his document and supply feedback. He expressed hopes that “someone with influence in DC will carry this bill forward.” He also plans to present his document to representatives who support online poker legalization.

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