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The odds of banning online gambling nationwide have never actually been good, despite sensationalist and misleading media reports claiming otherwise. In addition to Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware have real-money online gambling, and California is looking to authorize it next year. To discontinue the industries already running would be almost inconceivable.

Lawmakers were on the verge of unveiling a $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep the government running through next September. Along with the necessary funding, they were negotiating possible riders affecting government actions on pensions, insurance, transportation, the environment — and online gaming. Officials cautioned anything still could happen during the hectic final days of the post-election lame-duck session that could be completed by the end of this week. The spending bill “is still open for negotiations so there is always room for shenanigans,” said John Pappas, executive director of the Poker Players Alliance that has lobbied against prohibitions on Web poker.

Adelson is pressuring the Democrat to help close a loophole in federal law that allows the states to operate and regulate online gambling.  In return for an online gaming ban, it's probably unrealistic to imagine that Adelson would publicly back a Democrat like Reid for re-election. But it's not a stretch to imagine a repeat of 2010, when the billionaire donated just   to Reid's Republican challenger, Sharron Angle, whom  Reid defeated  handily.

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