The effort to pass online poker legislation before the end of the year in the United States Congress has ended.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that the bill had run of time to pass in this legislative calendar.
Reid expressed his disappointment but said he would continue to fight for the bill.
“I remain committed to this issue and it will be a priority for us in the new Congress,” Reid said.
The Poker Players Alliance, the leading poker advocacy group that has over one million members, expressed their disappointment with Executive Director John Pappas releasing a statement yesterday.
“It is an extremely disappointing end to a year where tremendous progress was made,” Pappas said.
“I am most upset for the players, who have been calling on Congress for years to pass an Internet poker law that protects consumers, restores their freedoms and raises revenue.
“While I don’t think these voices have fallen on deaf ears, I am discouraged that Congress could not coalesce around a solution in the wake of the ongoing fiscal cliff crisis.
However, Pappas was quick to say that the fight was not over and that the Poker Players Alliance would continue to work with Senator Reid and push for the implementation of the bill.
“I hope all the stakeholders can put finger pointing aside, learn from this year’s failure, and begin the fight anew for 2013,” Pappas said.
“We are pleased that Senator Reid intends to push again in early 2013 and we will fight with him, but we are mindful that many states will move forward next year and the PPA must be at the forefront of those efforts as well.”
A California online poker bill is expected to be reintroduced to the state Senate within the next week.