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  • RAWA Done for 2016 – US Online Poker Looking Up in 2017

    Wednesday, December 28th, 2016 by Jeremy Olsen

2016 was a very quiet year for the US online poker scene. But the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) sees bigger things for internet poker in 2017. They also announced that the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA) — an attempt to ban online gambling — died out in this year’s congressional session.

John Pappas, director of the PPA, believes that while no more states have legalized internet poker, support has only grown for the activity.

“Our focus for 2017 will be to expand on the growing support for internet poker,” said Pappas. “In 2016, hundreds of state lawmakers expressed their support for regulated iPoker and iGaming. This is a major achievement for an industry that is gaining legitimacy in the United States after a tumultuous history.”

The PPA director continued by discussing how his organization will continue fighting for legal online poker in states where it’s closest to being regulated.

“The PPA will continue to fight for poker on the state and federal level. The fight, however, will be different for each. In states like Pennsylvania, Michigan and New York, we will be on the offensive, seeking to push bills across the finish line. In a state like Massachusetts, our role will be educational, to get state lawmakers engaged and interested.”

RAWA remains one more issue that requires attention from the PPA. Instead of pushing to regulate internet poker on a federal level, Pappas and his group will instead work to make sure that RAWA doesn’t have a chance.

“At the federal level, we will once again be playing defense. It is unclear where the threat may come from at the federal level – Congress or the Administration – but we are already laying the groundwork to defeat RAWA or any effort to upend the ability of states to regulate iGaming.”

It’s been 2013 since any serious activity has occurred on the US online gambling scene. So far, only Delaware, New Jersey, and Nevada have legalized online poker.

But Pappas is optimistic that this can change within the near future.

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