Sen. John Kyl, Online Poker’s Prime Enemy, Won’t Run for Reelection in 2012

by Lou on February 11, 2011

Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), one of the prime movers behind enactment of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), announced that he will not seek re-election when his term expires in 2012.   UIGEA prohibits financial institutions from processing transactions related to online gambling, and in spearheading enactment of this law, Kyl became poker’s Public Enemy No. 1.

As the Senate’s second-ranking Republican, Kyl has continued to be a major barrier to passing online gaming legislation in the Senate.

Although a likely successor to Kyl is unknown at this juncture, it’s hard to imagine that his replacement will be less friendly to online gaming.

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