“Poker is an all-American game. It’s a game that I learned as a teen and continue to play today. Just like millions of other players I enjoy the strategy and skill involved," Barton said in a statement
"I continue to be supportive of the Americans who play poker online. They deserve to have a legal, on-shore system that makes sure everyone is playing in an honest, fair structure. The complex web of state and local regulations now being devised could leave players at risk."
Despite the legal uncertainty, online gaming is already a multibillion dollar industry.
"Internet poker is here to stay in America, and we are all better served through licensing and regulation that implements high standards to protect consumers, thwart fraud and abuse, and guarantee the proper safeguards against underage and addictive gambling,” former Sen. Alfonse D’Amato, chairman of the Poker Players Alliance, said in a statement.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), a supporter of online gaming, told The Las Vegas Sun last month that he is skeptical Congress will pass legislation on the issue. He argued that King's bill is too sweeping and had alienated lawmakers.