After the shutdown of the three major poker sites on Black Friday, poker advocates are trying to push for internet poker legalization in the United States from Washington.

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The Poker Players Alliance is a lobbying group supported in part by overseas gaming interests, and they have now put things in action with regards to legalizing online poker in the United States. They say there is a need for a legalized system. Their effort has been drawing increasing support from major Nevada casinos that see this as an opportunity for a great new market.

Poker advocates are also showing the federal government at Washington the chance of gaining tax revenues through this lucrative business while they face fiscal distress. Here are some opinions on the issue.

John Pappas, the executive director and chief lobbyist of the Poker Players Alliance states that legislative clarity is necessary to handle online poker from now on.

US Attorney Preet Bharara commented that foreign firms that operate in the United States are not allowed to disobey the laws and if so they will be indicted.

Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.), said that it is necessary to be strict when dealing with a criminal enterprise and that internet gambling is dangerous especially to the young who take to it easily very early in their lives.

Caesars Entertainment and Wynn Resorts, have poker advocates who suggest that this is the time to push for legalization and regulation of internet poker. Senate Majority Leader Harry the importance of the need to regulate internet poker and be very careful with the income generated. He claimed that it was necessary to deal with correctly with issues of interstate commerce.

Both parties in Washington have major donors from the gambling and casino industry and nearly $30 million was spent on Washington lobbying last year. The Poker Players Alliance plans to meet with the lawmakers and other staff at Capitol Hill. John Pappas commented that this was a great opportunity for the PPA to rectify the mishaps related to internet poker and legalize the same.

While poker advocates are looking at Black Friday as a wakeup call, the Department of Justice is also looking at more prosecutions on similar lines. While in this case they may be able to get away with their decision to punish the top three poker sites for laundering and bank fraud, the legalization of online poker may still be inevitable.

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