US Bills to Ban Online Gambling Have Little Chance of Passing

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US Congressional bill tracking site Govtrack has updated their prognosis of anti-online gambling bills introduced by Senator Lindsey Graham and Representative Chaffetz, noting that neither bill seems likely to pass.

The site is giving Chaffetz's bill an 8% chance at passage into law, while Graham's bill only has a 1% chance. Both bills are extremely similar, in that they both would restore the Wire Act to its full power, effectively banning all types of online gambling in the United States.

The lack of movement in the bills is somewhat being held up by slow movement on the state side of things, meaning that federal legislators have little reason to bother with a nationwide bill.

Still, the attempts at lobbying politicians on both sides of the issue are ongoing, as billionaire Sheldon Adelson continues to try to buy influence among politicians by making large financial donations. Representatives for Caesars and MGM Resorts are also involved in lobbying, but on the side of nationally regulated online betting.

Casino Listings will keep up on this story, and will update as more developments arise.

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Dustin Jermalowicz
Dustin has a long-standing passion for gambling. He has been writing professionally on the subject and breaking industry news for Casino Listings since 2011. His favorite casino games include Blackjack, Poker, and Hi/Lo. A proud native of Detroit, Dustin currently lives in Michigan.