Mounting agreement that time is running out for the Reid bill in today’s summary.
What’s new since our last update:
Rumors of the death of Reid’s bill have been greatly exaggerated: The big news yesterday was that the tax cut bill, long believed to be the best vehicle for Reid’s online poker bill, is no longer a viable options. That was first the word from the PPA, and then later from Reid himself (Politico).
That said, Reid still does have a solid array of options at his disposal. We won’t pretend to understand the various intricacies involved in Senate procedure that might provide Reid with an opportunity to trojan this bill, but people who do claim to understand the Senate say there’s still room, and until someone with said knowledge says it’s dead, then it’s not dead.
Why? Because we recall a story arc
very eerily similar to this one. A controversial legislative provision gets circulated semi-secretly. Opposition mounts and the provision is supposed to be off the table. Then, literally under the cover of darkness, a Senate leader maneuvers said provision into law in a manner most ordinary people would find downright corrupt.
And that, in a nutshell, is the story of how the UIGEA was made a law. The moral: Until Congress is done for the session, this bill still has play.
Watch Anderson Cooper get indignant for no real reason in this clip regarding Reid’s iPoker bill (CNN).
Advice for poker players: Not really an update, but two good Reid-lated articles worth reading if you play poker online:
>> PokerNews writes about how if you’re opposed to the Reid Bill and you play poker online, you’re doing it wrong (PokerNews.com).
And Reid would have gotten away with it too… … if it wasn’t for that meddling Kyl! That’s the new line on the Reid bill’s struggles and shortcomings – they’re largely the fault of Senator Kyl.
Kyl’s fault or no, the markets seem to be losing faith in the Reid Bill’s prospects (Bloomberg).
PPA rep Rich Muny (TheEngineer on 2+2) talked about the bill and the realities of the situation in an interview here (PokerKY.com).
Continuing the argument: One imagines that Reid released the details of his bill publicly (Pokerati.com) yesterday in an attempt to accomplish one or more of the following:
A) Garner some public support and momentum for the initiative
B) Provide political cover for those who might be on the fence about supporting it
C) Go on record with the bill so he can reference it to supporters easily when necessary
I’m sure you could go all the way to Z and beyond, but let’s assume A) and B) are legitimate motivations. If so, then poker players who support the Reid bill can still do work.
How? Well, to start, Wicked Chops has a great article here about framing the Reid Bill debate.
You can also circulate articles such as the ones below from conservative sources supporting Reid’s bill via Facebook, Twitter, etc:
|Don't want to deposit? Try free bankrolls.|
Merge Network, $50 deposit
Major room, easy qualify
Good for MTT / SNGs Only
Get paid to play poker - up to 102% rakeback or more. Learn more and apply today.
read the net's most popular summary of all the day's breaking poker news.
Join 40,000+ members - talk strategy, meet other players and get staked.
access dozens of free strategy videos from top pros
over $15,000,000 staked so far. sign up today and get in on the action; membership is free.
Online since 2004, PartTimePoker brings together a unique combination of the largest staking community online, top-paying poker rakeback and prop offers and a variety of poker-related content including poker news, strategy articles and free poker training videos. PartTimePoker.com - your best source for online poker.
Some examples of the more popular content on our site include our PTP Daily Hit N Run, our weekly High Stakes Poker Report, our comprehensive list of poker training site reviews and our CardRunners review.
PartTimePoker is also well-known for our large poker forums, where over 30,000 members discuss staking, strategy, poker news, culture, and just about everything else you can imagine. Registering for our forums is free.
PTP offers several rakeback and free bankroll offers for our viewers. If you're not familiar with rakeback, read our guide to online poker rakeback. To learn how much you could be earning with rakeback, check out our rakeback calculator. If you're ready to get started, our most popular rakeback offers are True Poker Rakeback, Cake Poker Rake Back and Carbon Poker RakeBack.
Free and no deposit bankrolls (also called free poker money) are essentially promotional deals we've arranged with rooms where they give you a small amount of money (usually $10-$150) to try out their room. These offers are a great way to get your feet wet at a room without going through the hassle of depositing, and provide players nervous about depositing at an online gambling site with a risk-free way to play poker, bingo, and other games online. View our current free poker bankroll no deposit offers.