MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren says House Republicans are to blame for holding up passage of federal online poker legislation.
MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren no longer expects federal online poker legislation to pass in 2012, and he blames Republicans in the House of Representatives for the delay. In a keynote address at the Southern Gaming Summit in Biloxi, Mississippi on Thursday, Murren said online poker will come this year, but it won’t be at the federal level “because the federal government is doing what they are best at,” i.e. sweet FA.
Murren’s comments represent something of a reversal from his position in February, when, on a call with investors to discuss the company’s 2011 financial figures, Murren said he believed the feds would get their act together before the year was through. Earlier this month, on a call to discuss MGM’s Q1 numbers, Murren said the company remained “aggressively focused” on the federal path, but admitted hedging his bet by keeping “keenly aware” of possibilities at the state level.