Howard Stutz, a journalist for the highly reputed Las Vegas Review – Journal, has stated that one cannot expect the US federal government to create proper online poker laws till at least 2013.

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One of his tweets on Twitter reads, “One Wall Street analyst opinion: Internet poker legalization not being attached to the payroll tax bill means the issue is dead for 2012.” The gaming reporter was referring to the latest legislation in the house about the Payroll Tax Extension bill, which many believed would hold a rider related to online poker regulations.

According to a spokesman for Harry Reid, the senate majority leader of Nevada, the ride will not be attached to the payroll tax extension bill because state lotteries and Indian tribes are still opposing online poker.

Chad Beynon of Macquarie Securities, a gaming analyst, said that it is now up to individual states to pass laws and create online poker regulatory frameworks now that there would be no federal regulation of the same in the near future. Nevada has already taken a step forward in this direction.

Stutz has quoted Beyon as saying, “We think the standards were written in a way that will allow for small adjustments as the process moves forward. At this point, no firm date has been set, but thirteen companies have now submitted for an operating license.” Beynon also feels that Iowa, New Jersey, and California could follow in the footsteps of Nevada and pass gaming legislation for 2012.

Since no online poker rider will be attached to the payroll extension bills, advocates of online poker in the US are now desperately seeking other ways to push the online poker legislation. It is now generally hoped that similar riders could be attached to the jobs package of the Obama Administration or the cyber security legislation. The last chance for any online poker legislation to be pushed is the session that follows the elections in November, called as the “lame duck period.” It may be recalled that Senator Reid had made such an attempt in the lame duck period of 2010.

Meanwhile, the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) has launched a Daily Action Plan on Two Plus Two Forums, where individual poker players can urge their elected representatives to form online poker laws at the earliest. FairPlay USA is another organization advocating online poker regulation, and it has the strong support of several casinos based in Nevada.

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