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John Pappas, the head of the Poker Players Alliance, recently discussed the future of online poker in the United States. Pappas told Becky Liggero, a reporter with CalvinAyre.com, the he is skeptical federal lawmakers will legalize online poker in the near future.

 

Pappas said that the the 133th United States Congress is very polarized, which makes it difficult for any kind of legislation to be passed. Legalizing online gambling will be even more difficult since many Republican lawmakers are strongly opposed to it. Lawmakers also have more pressing concerns such as implementing healthcare reform and responding to the crisis in Syria.

However, Pappas is optimistic that more states will legalize online poker in the months to come. The PPA has been working with lawmakers and stakeholders in these various states to legalize intrastate poker.

Legalizing online poker in California is one of the PPA’s biggest priorities. Pappas said that one of the obstacles California is facing is that the state’s 20 different tribes have differing views online slots on online gambling. About two thirds of the tribes said they want California to legalize online gambling, but can’t agree on the best approach to do so. A few tribes are against legalizing online gambling altogether. The remaining aren’t sure whether they support regulating online gambling.

Pappas said that the PPA has helped encourage tribes to support online gambling legislation. The organization’s new objective is creating a regulatory framework that they can all support. The PPA is also trying to convince state lawmakers that legalizing online gambling would be beneficial for the state.

Many lawmakers are aware that online gambling can generate substantial amounts of money for the state down the road. The PPA has pointed out that legalizing online poker will help California generate revenue immediately.

Legalizing online poker in the Golden State has been a long process. However, the PPA believes that is making progress and hopes the state will pass a bill in the foreseeable future.