Reid Reveals Online Poker is NOT a Priority
Directly after the mid-term elections, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that he would be willing to work with Republicans moving forward. Knowing that he will become the Minority Leader come 2015, this was to be expected from Reid.
When Reid made this statement, I commented that this would not be good for online poker's chances of being legalized at the federal level anytime soon.
I hate to say it ....but I told you so.
Reid has recently clarified his position on online gambling to the point where he effectively stated that his priority was banning online gambling and online poker would get a carve out "if there's a chance."
So what happened? Did Reid's stance on online poker suddenly change? Of course it didn't. His status did.
When Reid was in power as the Majority Leader, it was easy for him to string us along and claim that he was fighting for an online poker carve out. Once that position was eliminated, now he can go back to his default position.
It is clear that support for legalizing online poker at the Congressional level does not exist, or at least doesn't exist to the point where it will ever come to a vote. It would be feasible to assume that support for a carve out is about the same. As such, why stir the pot when you can just sweep it under the rug with online gambling.
Reid also has warned that other attacks on online gambling are coming. That's not surprising. A single defeat during the lame duck wasn't going to be enough to stop Adelson.
However, now online poker has officially lost one of their supposed "major supporters" (one that they probably never really had.). It will be interesting to see who is made the new champion of the cause at the Congressional level.
The war continues into 2015.