Just over a week after PartyGaming’s majority owner Anurag Dikshit pleaded guilty to violating the Wire Act of 1961, the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) released a statement regarding the situation. The PPA Chairman, Alfonse D’Amato, was the one who read the statement and the following is an excerpt from it:

“The Poker Players Alliance is disappointed to learn of Anurag Dikshit’s guilty plea to the Department of Justice under the Wire Act. To be clear, as a private settlement between two parties, this plea does not change existing law in the United States nor does it establish any kind of precedent moving forward.”

Though D’Amato and the rest of the PPA were disappointed with the turn of events in the Dikshit case, they do hope some good will come out of it. D’Amato made this clear with the following statement:

“This disagreement among federal law enforcement and lawmakers results in confusion for the millions of Americans who legally play online poker in this country. We hope legislators in the upcoming Congress will take note of this disparity and pass legislation that affirms poker's legal status and responsibly regulates the online poker industry.”

With PartyGaming owned Party Poker being one of the biggest online rooms in the industry, many poker sites are fearful of the precedent set forth by the Dikshit plea. However, the world’s largest poker room in PokerStars does not believe that Dikshit’s guilty plea will have any impact on how they do business. Paul Telford, the head of legal services at PokerStars, told news reporters:

“As far as we are concerned it’s business as usual; it doesn’t affect the company. This doesn’t change the law; no precedents have been set. But it will give us food for thought as to the bigger impact. The situation is very fluid so there is little point in commenting further.”

PokerStars is one of the online poker rooms that still does business in the United States after the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act was signed into effect in 2006. They are currently trying to break the Guinness Book of World Records for having the most participants in a single poker tournament.

Anurag Dikshit pleaded guilty to violating the Wire Act on December 26th; his sentence requires him to pay the United States government $300 million over the next 6 months. He is the majority owner of PartyGaming with a 27% stake in the company and will continue to hold onto his shares despite the guilty plea.

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