Conflicting Reports Abound Regarding Harry Reid's Poker Bill

Published on December 8th, 2010 9:39 pm EST

The King is in a Heavy Thinking ModeA massive head fake took place on Wednesday afternoon after a Las Vegas Sun blogger reported that the "Internet Poker Act of 2010" had "fallen off of the agenda".

However, a short time later, the Sun retracted their story, claiming that a quote from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had been misinterpreted. The Sun's blogger, Karoun Demirjian, went on to say that, according to Reid's office, the push to legalize online poker in the United States was still on the agenda.

So, a potentially major story had turned into a lot of nothing, and the wait continued for anxious online poker players in the United States.

However, just a few moments ago, an article titled "Reid Pushes Online Poker Legislation But Finds The Deck Stacked" was published on

According to the article, "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, may have to fold his efforts to push a measure legalizing online poker in the United States into a tax-cut bill, in light of strenuous opposition from Republicans."


"One of those leading the opposition is Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Arizona, who vowed to block any attempt to include the poker legalization in the tax bill.

Wednesday afternoon Kyl told CNN the measure was dead, saying, 'Senator Reid has agreed with me that it will not happen.'"


This situation is obviously still in flux, and until this session of Congress officially comes to an end, anything could happen at any time. Stay tuned.

There are rumors of an announcement on Thursday morning, so we should know much more about this situation over the next 24 hours.

Edit: It should be noted that this article, according to Google News, was published after the head fake from earlier today.

Source: - Reid Pushes Online Poker Legislation But Finds The Deck Stacked


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