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.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.