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Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade to Hold “The State of Online Gaming" Hearing

The PPA's John Pappas

On Tuesday, December 10, the House Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee of Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade will to discuss online gaming. According to the hearing notice:

The Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade will hold a hearing on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at 12:30 p.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, entitled “The State of Online Gaming.” The Subcommittee will examine the current regulatory landscape for online gaming after the Department of Justice’s reinterpretation of the Wire Act. The Subcommittee will review H.R. 2666, the “Internet Poker Freedom Act.”

Witnesses for the hearing, which are by invitation only, have not been announced, though PocketFives has revealed that Poker Players Alliance Executive Director John Pappas will be in attendance.

“Unlike some past hearings to license online poker, this one will be hotly contested,” PPA Vice President Rich Muny said via Facebook. “Venetian Resort, Hotel & Casino parent Las Vegas Sands Corp. and its CEO, Sheldon Adelson, will be there in full force, opposing our right to play at every turn. So, needless to say, it’s time to act!”

The hearing webcast will be available at

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