• Senator's Reid and Kyl Send Open Letter to AG

    18 July 2011

    Newspaper

    U.S. Senator Harry Reid was one part of a strongly worded letter sent to Attorney General Eric Holder asking the Department of Justice (DoJ) to clear up its position on online gambling. That really would come as no surprise if it wasn’t for the co-author of the letter, U.S. Senator Jon Kyl. To many online players Senator Kyl is the ultimate villain as he orchestrated the last minute addition and of the UIGEA to the Port Security bill.

    It has been said lately that Senator Kyl, who is set to retire this year, as softened his stance over internet gambling. It comes as a surprise to many however that he was a coauthor of such a letter. The strongly worded letter does not address any changes to current federal law but does ask the DOJ to “pursue aggressively and consistently those offering Internet gambling in the Unites States” and address two further concerns “the spread of efforts to legalize intra-state Internet gambling and the spread of efforts to offer such intra-state Internet gambling through state-sponsored lotteries.”

    The first part of the letter specifically talks about the years that Internet poker sites operated in the open with no apparent repercussions from law enforcement, specifically saying:

    “Leading up to the indictments, this lack of activity from law enforcement led to a significant and growing perception that operating internet poker and other internet gambling did not violate US laws, or at least that the Department of Justice thought that the case was uncertain enough that it chose not to pursue enforcement actions”.

    You can read the entire letter here courtesy of the Las Vegas Sun.

    Related News

    • Newspaper

      Gambling News

      Pennsylvania Senators and Governor could be at odds over online gambling24 January 2013

      Some Pennsylvania senators are seeking clarification from Governor Tom Corbett regarding the Pennsylvania Lottery and the ability for its private-run firm to possibly compete with state casinos through online gambling. The Lottery contract with the private firm, Camelot Global Services, was finalized last week for a 20- to 30- year term. While the agreement prohibits video poker, video poker-like games, and video lottery terminals, it is less clear on Internet gaming.

      Read full article
    • Newspaper

      Gambling News

      Senator Lesniak Response to Reid/Kyle Letter25 July 2011

      One good letter deserves another it seems and though it at least keeps online gambling in the forefront in Washington it seems the war between state and federal politicians about the topic is heating up. New Jersey Senator Ray Lesniak sent his own letter to Attorney General Holder last week disputing some of the facts from the Senator Reid and Kyle letter that was sent earlier last week.

      Read full article
    • Newspaper

      Gambling News

      Senator Reid Pushes Online Poker Bill06 December 2010

      It seems that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is the man behind the scenes pushing for legislation during this lame duck session that will allow online poker to become legal in the United States. It would however restrict licenses to casinos and racetracks in the beginning and these businesses would have had to be in business for 5 years.

      Read full article