There are encouraging developments coming out of the U.S. on a daily basis which bode well for the online gambling industry as a whole and in particular the burgeoning on line scratch card market. For moths we have been following the latest developments which all point to the inevitability of online scratchies becoming a legitimate part of the gambling industry as a whole.

In a rare show of bipartisan co-operation between Republicans and Democrats, there are reports in the National Journal that there could be an agreement among U.S. Senators to legalize online poker. This is good news for the online poker industry yet there are also reports that they are also considering restricting other forms of online gambling with emphasis on the ever growing social casino games.

The talks between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) are already in talks to promote their proposal.
Where the deal stands is not exactly certain but a senator aide was quoted as saying that Reid is pushing for Nevada senator Republican Dean Heller and Kyl to sell the proposal to the GOP.

This interesting development comes in light of the Justice Department reviewing its stance on the Wire Act of 1961 which up till now was the main stumbling block for legalized online gambling. The last few months have been hectic as many States have already started preparing legislation to enable internet gambling. Nevada and Delaware have already moved to legalize online gambling within their states.

Minority Whip Kyl has been known in the past for being responsible for being behind a 2006 law which resulted in restricting online gambling through making sure that banks and credit card companies do not process online bets.

Kyl emphasized that in light of the new stance of the Justice Department, there is a need to clarify the current legal situation,” It’s an opportunity to go back and revise the Wire Act, make sure that everybody knows that it applies to Internet gambling.”

Online Poker is the focus of legalization as many believe that the game of poker is based more on skill and is less prone to fraud as players compete against each other and not an automated player.

There is no doubting the fact that the wheels of change are in motion for the scratch card market in the U.S. as well as for other gambling options. We look forward to bringing you all the proposed changes which are sure to boost the global online scratchcard industry.

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