Sen. John Kyl (R-Ariz.), one of the chief architects of the UIGEA, is starting to get frustrated by the Treasury Department's inability to put together coherent regulations for the law. The regulations are now a year overdue.

"The longer it goes the less certainty there is," said Kyl, who was the first lawmaker to launch an effort to ban Internet gambling in 1996.

"I mean, the people who are violating the law need to know that they're not going to be able the get away with it, and I think that the failure to get these regulations promulgated on time has perhaps given some hope, and it's given life even to an idea over in the House of Representatives to put a moratorium on the regulations," Kyl said.


Despite his frustration with the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department, Kyl said he is not worried about efforts to block the regulations and roll back the online wagering ban.

"I would be concerned if something like that were to be adopted by the House ... I'm not sure that the momentum is there to actually get it done," Kyl said.

Jay Lakin, vice president of Poker Source Online and an opponent of the Internet gambling ban, said he reluctantly agrees.

"While many efforts have been made on behalf of overturning (the ban), so far it's just been bills and words on paper," Lakin said. "Nothing has moved forward. Until there's a change in Washington, I don't think we'll see much of a change."