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Blame game: Fahrenkopf, Reid's office point fingers for failure to legalize Internet poker

7 June 2013
LAS VEGAS -- Two of Nevada’s longtime political power players — gaming lobbyist Frank Fahrenkopf Jr. and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid — took turns blaming each other for the failure for Congress to legalize Internet poker last year. The dust-up surprised many because the longtime Nevadans had always been complimentary to each other. ... (read more)

Internet poker bill effort dead, Reid says

17 December 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Its dim prospects finally fading to black, Sen. Harry Reid pulled the plug Friday on the effort in Congress to legalize Internet poker this year. With only days remaining in the session, and with consensus far from reached on a bill that sought to reshape the landscape of online gaming, "we have simply run out of time in this legislative calendar," he said. ... (read more)

Reid sounds pessimistic note on poker bill

12 December 2012
WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sounded a pessimistic note Tuesday on chances to pass an online poker bill in the handful of days remaining in Congress this year. The Nevada Democrat said that even with support, there might not be a path available for the legislation that would legalize Internet poker and initiate federal licensing for companies that want to run the games. ... (read more)

Lottery chiefs to lobby against online poker bill next week

29 November 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Lottery directors from seven states are planning a trip to Washington next week to speak out against a bill that would legalize Internet poker while restricting the online expansion of lotteries and other games. Officials from Kentucky, Idaho, Washington state, Missouri, New Hampshire, ... (read more)

New questions raised on Internet poker bill

21 November 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A bill to legalize online poker that is being written in Congress and that Nevada senators are trying to pass by the end of the year could be challenged in court and found unconstitutional, according to a legal analysis by a former top government attorney. The bill would set up a ... (read more)

Sandoval splits with governors, backs Web poker bill

26 October 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Gov. Brian Sandoval went to bat Thursday for a federal online poker bill, breaking away from fellow governors ramping up to fight it. Sandoval split with the National Governors Association, which told congressional leaders the proposed bill would restrict states from pursuing their own ... (read more)

Tribes want in on Internet gambling

27 July 2012
WASHINGTON - With a nearly finished bill in hand, Sen. Harry Reid is hunting for a path to move Internet gambling legislation through the Senate. But on Thursday, Indian tribes dealt in for a piece of the action. The chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee unveiled a draft bill that would allow Native American tribes to operate online poker games alone or with non-Indian partners. ... (read more)

Heller: Legalizing online poker on front burner

20 July 2012
WASHINGTON - Pressured to deliver Republican votes on a bill prized by most Nevada casinos, Sen. Dean Heller, D-Nev., said Thursday he's working to win approval for online poker legislation this year. Heller said he is trying to persuade Republican leaders and GOP senators to clear the way for Internet ... (read more)

Reid: Payroll tax bill doesn't include online poker

17 February 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Sen. Harry Reid put a sudden end to speculation and the hopes of card sharks when he declared that major payroll tax legislation unveiled Thursday did not contain legalization for Internet poker. As details of the tax cut bill were being unfurled, Reid, the Senate majority leader from Nevada, said online poker was not in it. ... (read more)

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