Let's put it this way ... he's pesimistic ... at least until the November elections.

"I don't want to be a naysayer, but things move very, very slowly in Congress," said Jay Lakin, vice president of Poker Source Online, which is headquartered near San Jose, Costa Rica.

Lakin said he is taking a "wait and see attitude" about a bill introduced last week by Reps. Barney Frank, D-Mass., and Ron Paul, R-Texas, that would prevent the Department of Treasury and the Federal Reserve from proposing regulations to enforce the 2006 ban.

As for legislation by Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., calling for a one-year study of Internet gambling, Lakin said he doesn't see the point.

"It's nice of her to put it forward, but why should we spend more tax dollars to study something we already know the answer to? Internet gambling isn't going away, and it's going to continue to grow," Lakin said.

The chances for a repeal, he said, may improve after the November elections. "I see a sea change coming," he said.