NEWSBRIEF
BY MARKANDERSON
H.R.2267 Marked Up And Moving On
July 28, 2021
H.R.2267, Congressman Barney Frank’s Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection, and Enforcement Act, was marked up and passed today through the House Financial Services Committee by a vote of 41 to 22, with 1 abstention.

This bill, which during the mark up process today was amended several times, aims to fully legalize, regulate and tax internet gambling in the U.S., while basically rendering moot the highly unpopular Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) in the process.

Some of the many amendments added today to H.R.2267 before its passage, included a specific exemption from legislation for intrastate online casinos, a voluntary stop-loss measure to potentially protect problem gamblers from losing to much money at one time, and a prohibition on current online gambling sites from receiving future licenses, if currently flouting U.S. laws.

This last amendment, as added by California’s Representative Brad Sherman, could prove to be the most significant of the lot as some believe it could potentially prevent sites like Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars from running in the U.S., depending on how current U.S. laws are interpreted, however the Poker Players Alliance, in a recent press release praising the passing of H.R.2267, disagrees.

“...To be clear, despite the concerns of some of our members, nothing in the Committee-passed legislation precludes lawful Internet poker-only operators whom U.S. players know and trust today from the opportunity to operate under a regulated system.  The PPA will work with the House and Senate lawmakers to ensure that the final legislation produces the best regulated online gaming environment for the consumer.”  - Poker Players Alliance, News Release (7/28/2010)

The key words in that statement may turn out to be “Internet poker-only operators,” as sites like PokerStars who have always contended that no U.S. law specifically forbids their operation, may have an easier time in a future regulated US system than perhaps sites like Bodog, who also currently has sports betting, DoylesRoom, who has a casino client, or even sites like UB, which offers Blackjack games on their site as well as poker. 

With the House Financial Services Committee’s passage of H.R.2267, the bill now will continue on towards the floor of the House of Representatives, the next step towards H.R.2267 becoming law.

For more information on H.R.2267, or on the current legal landscape of gaming in the US, visit the Poker Players Alliance website (www.theppa.org), poker’s leading grassroots advocacy group.
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