Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Republican, said he supported Congress approving online poker legislation rather than having the issue decided on a state-by-state basis.

From the GPWA:

"I do believe that online gaming is the (wave) of the future," the Republican governor said during an appearance on "Nevada Newsmakers," adding that Nevada should be the first state to take advantage if the federal law passes.
The story also contains quotes from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who says Las Vegas Sands Chairman Sheldon Adelson supports federal online poker legislation as well.

"We have always had the Fertittas," Reid said of the Stations Casinos Inc. owners. "We have always had MGM. We have always had (Caesars). So I would hope with this added help we can get it done but it is still not done ."

Reid said he hoped support from Republicans would persuade Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., to remove objections to the legislation. But, Reid said Kyl, too, has been "overwhelmed" by budget issues facing Congress.

"Sandoval is right," Reid added. Legalizing online poker "can't be done at the state level. "In most instances it is totally a violation of federal law."