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Annie Duke Says Congress Coming Around on Online Gambling Laws

Poker star Annie Duke lobbied Congress during National Poker Week, and says attitudes on the Hill are swinging toward more open-mindedness toward online gambling.

Famed poker player Annie Duke was in Washington, D.C., for National Poker Week and made it a point to discuss online gambling legislation with certain members of Congress. Duke says the atmosphere is much different in Washington than the last time Barney Frank was championing online gambling a year ago.

In an interview with Poker News Daily, Duke recounts meeting both with traditional supporters of online gambling freedoms in Congress, and with two voices who were not considered past supporters, Barbara Boxer of California and Patrick Leahy of Vermont. She says the opponents seemed more knowledgeable about the subject than in the past.

While noting that she spoke to an aide for Leahy rather than Leahy himself, Duke also was at pains to point out the influence such aides have on the legislator's thoughts and position.

Duke felt that a broader base seemed to recognize the problems inherent in the UIGEA.

"Now, I think people are much more familiar with the legislation’s problems," Duke told the poker site. "They realize that it’s a piece of legislation that doesn’t work."

The poker star also noted that, in this time of economic crisis, mentioning the potential of $3 billion or more in federal revenue catches quite a bit of attention.

Published on July 25, 2009 by EdBradley

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