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Poker News | Gambling and the Law

UIGEA May Fall in Hillary’s Lap

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Former Las Vegas Mayor and Harrah's current lobbyist Jan Jones, is now working for Hillary Clinton. Jones will be running the newly formed Nevada Business Leadership Council (NBLC) according to an announcement by the Hillary camp.

The NBLC has a roster of members which boast some very powerful names in Las Vegas, including: Punam Mather, Senior VP of MGM/Mirage Group Corp., Phil Sartre, former chairman and CEO of Harrah's, Howard Lefkowitz, CEO of, and Henry Terry, Executive Director of Human Resourses of Playlv Gaming Operations.

Because of these ‘Big Name'endorsements from the gambling sector, some suggest now may be the perfect time to pose questions to the Senator about her stand concerning the UIGEA. When and if online gambling reaches the point of legalization, if Senator Clinton is president at the time, she could be the deciding factor in overturning the UIGEA.

Casino Gambling Web's analyst, Gordon Price said, "Idle talk and comments are not good enough. A definitive position on this issue is necessary not only from Clinton, but of all the potential candidates. No politician should be allowed to answer 'We will look further into the subject', or 'we are studying it', a simple yes or no answer is needed because this possibly could be the single most important issue that will affect the future of international treaties. All of the candidates must be made to take a position on this issue."

Not all the bigwigs in the casino industry are supporters of Senator Clinton however.

Last year, Elaine Wynn, wife of Steve Wynn who is Director of Wynn Casino, joined the Barack Obama campaign.

Multi-Billionaire Sheldon Adelson, owner of the Venetian Hotel and Casino is a staunch Republican. Adelson is known to contribute generously to the party and supports many of their candidates and causes.

Rory Reid, son of Senator Harry Reid of Nevada is the head of Clinton's Nevada Presidential Campaign.

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