The Poker Grapevine – Senate Hearing on Online Poker Set
Posted by: Randy Williams - Thu, 2012-01-26 15:39
The DoJ’s new position regarding the provisions of the 1961 Wire Act and the possible consequences of that on the legal status of on line poker
and gambling have certainly set the stage for something big this year. Already, something is afoot in the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. A new hearing regarding online poker has been scheduled for February 9, the second of the sort in a relatively short span of time. Another similar hearing took place on November 17, which was basically an opportunity for the tribes to assess their position in a world where online poker and online gambling was legal. PPA Chairman Alfonse D’Amato was one of those who testified at that hearing.
Rich Muny of the PPA was quick to take credit for this new hearing, and he was probably right too: the PPA’s efforts have resulted in these continued hearings which have managed to keep the online poker problem on lawmakers’ tables. Given how worried some of the tribal representatives are about legal online poker and gambling though, it may also be that the tribes’ concerns are the real driving force behind the frequent hearings.
The list of witnesses to testify at the February 9 hearing has not yet been made public.
In other news: the WPT’s 10th season is still rolling, but that doesn’t mean the early events of the series are not ready for television. Beginning with February 12, all new WPT episodes shall be aired by FSN (Fox Sports Network) – according to the WPT.
Season 10 will be covered in a total of 37 episodes, and Vince Van Patten as well as Mike Sexton will be back as commentators. According to the WPT, their 9th season redefined poker television, and season 10 would bring even more novelties and innovations.
In still other news: PokerStars’ TCOOP rolled past its half-way mark, churning out 4 more winners on Tuesday.