MGM Resorts International CEO Jim Murren said in a conference call earlier this week that he believes that some form of regulated online poker will be available in the United States in 2012. However, with various reports stating that a federal solution is on hold until 2013, any legal online poker will have to begin at the state-level first.

From Reuters:

"It's not easy, not because it's a complicated issue," Murren told analysts on a conference call. "It's becoming a clearer issue. It's because Washington is becoming more complicated.

"We'll be one of the first horses out of the gate when it's approved."