The US-based Poker Players’ Alliance (PPA) has posted a new petition to US legislators, urging them to legalize and regulate the US online poker industry at the earliest possible. The petition attempts to draw the attention of nearly a dozen lawmakers to the urgent need to create a proper regulatory framework for online poker in the US.
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The petition requires the signature of 10,000 avid online poker players, and so far, around 5,000 players have already signed it. Those interested can view this petition and sign it at www.theppa.org/changepetition2.
This petition, which was started by Rich Muny, vice president (player relations) for PPA, is titled “It Is Time for Congress to Pass Legislation to License Online Poker!” It begins by requesting elected officials to “seek to license the game” instead of attempting to ban it in the United States as adults must be given the right to play online poker in the comforts of their own homes if they wish.
The petition states, “Appropriate regulation of online poker will put the US in charge of safeguarding responsible adult players, preventing underage participation, and protecting those with excessive gambling habits.” The petitioners have pointed out that the US online poker market, which is now unregulated, is incapable of protecting any of its players.
Bringing the attention of US lawmakers to the fact that the US Department of Justice had announced in December that the Wire Act of 1961 does not apply to online poker, which is a game of skill as well as chance, the petitioners urged them to carefully consider this issue. The petitioners also pointed out that, according to the DoJ’s latest re-definition of the Wire Act, even games of chance played in casinos do not come under its ambit.
The petitioners also reminded lawmakers that the National Fraternal Order of Police had recently written to Senate and House leaders urging them to make proper poker laws and create a regulatory framework for online poker in the US. Even Tom Ridge, former secretary for Homeland Security, and Louis Freeh, former director of the FBI, had pointed out the need to legalize the US online poker industry, they stated.
The petitioner concluded by stating that Representative Barton’s Online Poker Act, which “takes the right approach” is still pending. According to the petitioners, the bill “provides revenue for federal deficit and creates new jobs—without raising taxes. It also mandates consumer protection and effective age verification.”

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