The United States is still wondering about the effect of presidential elections 2016 on the online poker industry. The gambling world is still not clear whether the president elect Donald Trump will prove to be a boon or a curse to online poker. While talking about the opinions of different spokesperson in the gaming industry, some mention that Trump is going to encourage online poker, as it contributes to the country’s revenue greatly. On the other hand, some argue that he is going to ban all kinds of online gambling. Thus, it can be seen that the opinions are just contrasting to each other.
However, if Trump bans the online gambling then thousands of Americans will be left disappointed, as online gaming has not only remained a hobby but has become an earning source for many. Nobody would actually want to wake up with the news of online slots like Spartacus slots and sports betting being banned. The present situation shows that there is hardly anything to worry about. Americans are very hopeful of Donald Trump.
Trump: For And Against Online Poker
The major reason behind Trump encouraging the online poker in the future can be the presence of his own casinos in Atlantic City. He himself considers online gambling as the major source of revenue, so is expected not to ban online poker. On the other hand, the future Vice President of the United States, the counterpart of Trump has publically appealed the legislators to stand by the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA) online gambling ban.
Further, the Republican candidate, Donald Trump is actively supported by Sheldon Adelson who is the owner of Las Vegas Sands and has the only aim of establishing an online gambling ban. Therefore, it can be seen that Trump has got the reasons for both encouraging and banning the online gambling activities in America.
The Latest Version of RAWA
Recently, the news flashed the newest version of RAWA introduced by US Senator from Arkansas, Tom Cotton. Lindsey Graham, US Senator from South Carolina and Mike Lee, US Senator from Utah sponsored the bill right after the time when Sheldon Adelson made a donation of $20 million to PAC. PAC is further known to have close ties with Senate leadership. Nonetheless, it is still a doubt whether this step was taken deliberately or it is just a coincidence.
Seeing the strong opposition, the executive director of the Poker Players Alliance, John Pappas mentions that hardly any time would come when online gambling will be taken as a priority issue in the White House. He adds that the situation will hardly change in the United States, as no active decisions have been taken yet to encourage online gambling. Pappas has further mentioned that the Republicans are highly expected to pass the bill into law when the lame duck session of the congress will be in progress in the month of December 2016. Pappas is only looking forward to the legalisation of online poker.
The Bottom Line
The final verdict can only be made after the new president has taken over his seat. Regardless of the Trump’s decision, it is expected that the Americans will not lose their pastime and an earning source. The new president will bring about only the positive changes that will be in the welfare of the nation. However, in case the restrictive law is passed then it will become next to impossible to legalize online poker in the US, bringing a disappointment to the players. Discussions and debates are still on but the final decision is yet to be witnessed.