Harry Reid won’t push for RAWA this year. Big One for One Drop a success or a failure? Pennsylvania and Michigan online gambling bills in play. And more.

Harry Reid interview with Gambling Compliance

In a rare non-paywalled column, Gambling Compliance’s Tony Batt relayed a recent interview he conducted with outgoing Senator Harry Reid (D-NV).

According to Batt, Reid told him he has no plans to push for a federal online gambling ban during the upcoming lame duck session of Congress. The potential for this to happen was a major concern among iGaming advocates, as Reid has been buddying up to Sheldon Adelson in recent years and not at all a fan of online gambling in general. The fear was a federal iGaming ban might be Reid’s version of a going away with present.

The interview is a must read for anyone who follows online gaming or sports betting, as Reid touched on both topics.

Quick Hitters

– Was the Big One for One Drop Extravaganza a success or a failure? The poker community seems split on the answer to this question, so I took a look at both sides of the success/failure debate. Not surprisingly, it was probably a little bit of both.

– US online poker players will have their eyes glued on Pennsylvania on Tuesday and Wednesday, as the state holds back-to-back hearings in the House Gaming Oversight Committee, in what many hope is a precursor to an online gambling bill being passed.

– Ben Tollerene had a good weekend at the online tournament tables, as the cash game legend took down the PokerStars Sunday Grand, pocketing over $60k. Here’s a recap of all of this past weekend’s online poker tournament action from PocketFives.com.

– Pennsylvania may get the bulk of the attention, but don’t sleep on Michigan. A surprise entrant into the online gaming conversation this summer, Michigan is still very much in play per reporting by Brian Pempus.

– Darren Elias won event #18 at the WPT Jacksonville BestBet series. Elias had to beat a tough final table that included Tyler Patterson and Mike Dentale.