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Nevada Senator Wants To Ban Online Gambling

Nevada news source the Las Vegas Review Journal reported this week that Nevada Senator Dean Heller is planning to introduce a bill next month that would ban online gambling with the exception of online poker.

The bill is being formed in consultation with fellow Nevada Senator Harry Reid, and along with Sheldon Adelson's Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling. Heller went on to give praise to Adelson's group, noting that online gambling is a dangerous bet for the United States.

Reid has not commented on the bill, and full details are not yet available, but it is presumed that the bill would have to try to amend the 1961 Wire Act, which currently only prohibits betting transactions that occur between two or more states.

Many political observers note that Heller's bill will be unlikely to succeed, as Washington officials are in an election year, and there will likely be stiff opposition.