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Former Nevada GCB Chairman Pushes for Federal Internet Poker Bill

Mark A. Lipparelli, who stepped down in September as chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board (GCB), spoke out about the need for online poker legislation at the federal level in order “to establish a fair marketplace with a clear set of rules that holds legal operators accountable.”

The ex-regulator wrote an op-ed piece that was published in Roll Call on Dec. 18 in which he takes a swipe at state lotteries who have objected to the Reid-Kyl federal online poker bill. Lipparelli referred to the action of the state lotteries as a “political maneuver and a grab for market share at the expense of private enterprises.”

As chairman of one of two of Nevada’s regulatory agencies, Lipparelli was at the forefront of Nevada becoming the first state to enact online poker legislation. Prior to his appointment by the governor to head the GCB in 2009, the 47-year-old held executive positions at both Shuffle Master and Bally Technologies. Both companies are based in Nevada and have been approved by state gaming officials for interactive online gaming licenses in the Silver State.

Lipparelli urges action at the federal level to stop an anticipated hodgepodge of state regulations that will confuse and frustrate both consumers and online gaming operators. Unfortunately, Lipparelli may be speaking out a bit too late, as the Reid-Kyl bill was pronounced as dead for 2012 just a few days ago by Sen. Harry Reid himself.

Lipparelli may not accept another gaming position in Nevada for one full year, but is certainly permitted to advocate the need for federal online gambling legislation.


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Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.