Poker player comes up with a potential poker bill

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The entire poker community is anxiously waiting for lawmakers to pass online poker legislation, so that the popular game could be played legally nationwide. Several attempts have been made so far and states such as New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware have passed their own online poker laws. Martin Shapiro dares to aim higher and his own take at a cohesive poker bill that will transcend partisan interests and could gain a lot of traction if it is embraced or at least supported by influential DC lawmakers.

On a federal level there is no consensus about how a poker bill should look like and which elements are indispensable, so it comes as no surprise that previous attempts were unsuccessful. Martin Shapiro better known for his online name PokerXanadu hopes that his online poker legislation is comprehensive enough to satisfy both the lawmakers and the poker community. This is the first time a regular poker player came up with such a bill, so there are no guarantees that the attempt will be successful.

Martin Shapiro is confident that his in-depth understanding of the game and the online community will come in handy when drafting the fledgling poker bill. He did his due diligence and after a lot of research, Martin came up with some conclusions for why previous attempts failed. He claims that his take on this sensitive issue is passable in today’s political climate and will satisfy the demands of both poker players and lawmakers.

A close look at the bill drafted by Shapiro will reveal the fact that the author intends to legalise online poker, without doing the same for other forms of gambling. It also has references to the so-called “bad actor”, a term that lawmakers used to describe companies that broke the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. While he regards this clause to be essential for the passing of any online poker law, he doesn’t exclude any poker companies and focuses on those who were convicted for offering sports betting.

Martin Shapiro is a pioneer and the online poker legislation he suggests has a long way before being enacted into law. For the time being, the author is waiting on the poker community to provide feedback and come up with suggestions to improve his bill. Obviously, he will need the support of US Senators for the proposed legislation to have any chance of passing through Congress, and names such as Harry Reid, Dean Heller, King and Barton come to mind.