The US online poker community has been rallying with the help of the Poker Players Alliance or the PPA to get online poker legalized in the country. The recent presidential election was something that John Pappas had his hopes on as the vote would also help decide the fate of Reid’s bill.
According to John Pappas, the executive director of the Poker Players Alliance, the best bet for online poker legislation is during the lame duck period. “I really think the status quo is the best-case scenario for something getting done in the lame duck. Any time the vote gets rocked too much, meaning the House or Senate switches parties or the White House changes hands, the chances of compromise or deal making in the lame duck is much more difficult since the parties newly in control have no incentive to cut deals. They would rather wait until they have members of their caucus in place and deal with things in the New Year,” he said.
However, Pappas also made it clear before the elections that he was not taking a clear stance on a candidate but seemed to be in favour of Obama all the same. “The PPA isn’t taking a position on this race because, over the long term, we believe Nevadans will be well served by either Shelley or Dean in the Senate. Both have been good for us in the past and both would be good for us in the future. Certainly, there is a very good argument for Dean Heller to provide the very best opportunity in the lame duck. If the charge for him is bringing on Republican supporters in the Senate, it’s much more difficult for him to do that as an outgoing Senator rather than a newly reelected Senator who has six more years of serving with those people.”
Romney had made it clear that he was not in favour of the online poker legislation. “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.”
As of now, since Obama has won the election, it can be expected that Pappas will be pushing the online poker bill as much as he can while the poker community waits for results.