The recent confiscation of PokerStars, Absolute Poker, and Full Tilt Poker domain names and their subsequent withdrawal from the US online poker market has made a number of American poker players and pro poker associations more aware of the urgency of regulating the online poker industry in the US. The Poker Players Alliance (PPA), a large group of people advocating online poker, has especially intensified its protests against the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) moves against US online poker.
The PPA, which was launched in 2005, has more than a million members representing the online poker community in the US. It wasted no time in protesting against the closing down of Absolute Poker, PokerStars, and Full Tilt Poker in the US, following the depressing events of Black Friday. Alfonse D’Amato, the former senator of New York and the chairman of the PPA, issued a public statement that the association is expressing its shock at the DOJ’s move against providers of online poker services on behalf of the millions of US poker players and that it will continue to fight for US poker players’ right to play their favorite game in peace and safety.
The PPA was nearly flooded with requests from online poker players eager to support its activities, following which it initiated a movement called Take an Action page, which protestors could use to post comments at the DOJ and Congress websites, letting the authorities know exactly how they felt about the recent turn of events.
The association was responsible for dispatching more than 70,000 letters and emails to government officials and making countless phone calls opposing the DOJ’s recent stand against online poker companies. Poker fan Mandy Trilck made a post on the Facebook page of DOJ, demanding to know what right the US government has to crack down on highly reputed poker websites that legally offer online poker services all over the world and house millions of enthusiastic poker players worldwide. Trilck also urged the US government to legalize and tax the online poker industry and to quit making poker players and online poker service providers criminals
The PPA has also made extensive use of Twitter, MySpace, Flickr, YouTube, and online poker forums for its lobbying activities and to rally public support. Reputed members of the PPA have also appeared on Fox Business and Bloomberg TV, urging that the US government should stop treating online poker as a criminal activity.