Since the federal government largely shut down the Internet poker industry in April 2011, poker players and the casino industry have been lobbying furiously for the legalization and regulation of the online game at the federal level.
“The battleground has shifted. Everyone who has been a keen policy observer recognizes that federal legislation would be preferable, but we’re not going to sit and twiddle our thumbs as Congress decides what they want to do,” Pappas said. “We gotta go where the fight is, and the fight is in the states.”
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.