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Barney Frank "Not Optimistic" an Online Poker Bill Will Pass in 2012

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Barney Frank speaks with PokerNews on the chances of Internet poker legislation getting passed in 2012.


Barney Frank is losing hope on getting an Internet poker bill through Congress before he retires in January after 32 years in the U.S. House of Representatives.

In an exclusive interview with PokerNews.com, the original champion for Internet gambling rights on Capitol Hill indicated he had given up on poker legislation passing before he leaves office but then backtracked to say there may still be a chance in the lame-duck session between the November elections and the end of the year.

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New Jersey Online Poker Bill Scores Win

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CardPlayer.comNew Jersey Online Poker Bill Scores Small WinCardPlayer.comOnline poker in New Jersey doesn't face an easy road, as it has been difficult historically to please Gov. Chris Christie with a proposal.


News that real estate mogul Donald Trump is looking to team up with online gambling powerhouse 888 Holdings to bring regulated “real money” Web card rooms to the US could become muted later Tuesday as a measure to legalize the industry in New Jersey will face a tough challenge in the state Senate.

John Brennan of NorthJersey.com explains:


The online poker bill is one of only two being considered today by the state Budget and Appropriations Committee. That 13-member group is chaired by state Sen. Paul Sarlo, D-Wood-Ridge, the representative for the district that includes the Meadowlands Sports Complex.


This bill is sponsored by state Sens. Ray Lesniak, D-Union, and James Whelan, D-Atlantic. Sarlo and Whelan are not always in sync, even though both generally back expanding gambling in the state.


Sarlo – the leading proponent for construction of a casino in the Meaowlands – tends to be leery of measures that he sees as being too Atlantic City-centric. For instance, he likely would look to see that the Meadowlands Racetrack be a specific beneficiary of online poker legislation, perhaps with “betting rooms” permitted for such purposes.

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