US Poker Lobby Shuffles Deck After Democratic Defeats

The online poker lobby on Capitol Hill is set to switch its attention to the United States Senate after sweeping Democratic losses that will see the industry’s chief advocate to date, Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts, demoted from his position of influence in a key House committee.

Almost 25 percent of the 58 congressional candidates – nearly all in the House – endorsed by online gambling advocacy group the Poker Players Alliance lost their races on Tuesday.

But the PPA still plans to launch an aggressive lobbying effort for an Internet poker bill during this month’s lame duck session of Congress, according to executive director John Pappas. 

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