Obama Said to Give Thumbs Up to Barton's Online Poker Bill

LarkMarlow

LarkMarlow

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That's the title of the headliner in today's PokerPlayer newspaper. At the end of the Wendeen Eolis's exclusive interview with Joe Barton, she reports this:

"Early in our conversation, Barton told me that President Obama reached out to him shortly after he was elected –the first time. According to Barton, they discussed online poker, and the president said he would sign a Barton-authored bill to legalize poker on the internet.

The twinkle in Barton’s eye reappeared when I asked if the president’s support back then is meaningful now. Barton gave a thumbs up with one footnote; a companion bill to provide for inherent tax provisions will be part of the package."

Here's the link to the entire article:
http://www.pokerplayernewspaper.com/content/obama-said-give-thumbs-barton%E2%80%99s-online-poker-bill-12771
 
grilldoggy

grilldoggy

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Super, let's get behind all efforts to legalize the game we love. I think the key angle is the "equally favorable revenue component for government." The fact that poker is regarded as a 'game of chance' comparable to anything like video poker, dice games, etc. is a misconception that also must be dealt with.
 
wagon596

wagon596

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As usual, all we can do is wait and let our elected officials know we want the right to play online.
 
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PlayedYou73

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Considering the gridlock in Congress, and that Republicans control the House, I wouldn't hold your breath for this measure passing anytime soon.

Just look how much time they've wasted having totally symbolic votes to repeal Obamacare?
 
TheKid84

TheKid84

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I remember reading that earlier.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but what I remember from that was thinking that the title was very misleading.

I believe in the article it stated that IF it were to make it to Obama's desk, that he would expect Obama to sign it...

I would absolutely love for Obama to sign it, dont get me wrong, but I bet anyone who would write any type of bill would have some sort of expectation it be passed.
 
1ofTheFellas

1ofTheFellas

Enthusiast
Amazing news... It seems to take government so long to do anything these days, I won't get my hopes up that it gets done all that soon, but this definately seems to be a step in the right direction!
 
Reptar7

Reptar7

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Based on what is happening in DC currently, I think it is best to make your bill appear as bipartisan as possible, so having Obama's backing is probably not very helpful as it would turn Republicans against the bill (as the party is basically against everything Obama does) and therefore if his support does exist, it should be kept on the DL.
 
curtinsea

curtinsea

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Unless Obama has/had expressed an objection to internet poker, and threatened a veto of any legislation, his signature on a bill duly passed through both chambers of the Congress is a given. I don't think any of this means much at all. There are huge hurdles for any poker legislation to overcome, a Presidential veto just isn't one of them.
 
icbossman

icbossman

Enthusiast
Really need to get the us online poker players, all together to get a petition or something to push this. Any political people out there no anything about how we can get this to happen?
 
Reptar7

Reptar7

Visionary
Really need to get the us online poker players, all together to get a petition or something to push this. Any political people out there no anything about how we can get this to happen?

The PPA. http://theppa.org/

There are two bills in congress currently, so I'd suggest emailing your reps and making your opinion known about them. There is really no need to petition when we already have bills to support.
 
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Stackeddeck707

Rising Star
Ofcourse there gonna legalize poker anything the government gets to tax eqaites to more longer lasting income for there check . It should go to schools i think?
 
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xlmnx

Enthusiast
i hope this becomes a reality. i want to experience playing on pokerstars.

More and more people are accepting our community as they see that this world crap and online poker is ****in sweet. I miss full tilt making 8 accounts and registering all of them! New york bets worse and worse now its the guns they want~
PokerStars has been missed
 
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dragic1

Rising Star
The government is hurting for money, and they are not going to pass legislation?? I'm shocked it hasn't already been passed.
 
BenSprocket

BenSprocket

Rock Star
Don't be too keen to get back - wait until you see how the Russians have ruined the game.
 
cardsking

cardsking

Visionary
This will be really cool . We can have lot more members in the poker rooms if this applies :) And coming to poker , many are good in US , i got nothin to say abt it . But there will also be a lot of Fish who comes to have fun n loose their money , rich nation !! So it will be really helpful to everyone worldwide .
OBAMA #RESPECT
 
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