Online Poker Backers Step up Lobbying Efforts

With three poker websites popular with U.S. players seized, their founders indicted and billions of dollars in cash locked up in cyberspace, supporters of legalizing online poker stepped up their lobbying efforts Monday for federal regulations reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

According to staff writer Chris Sieroty, those efforts have been led by a small, grassroots organization that has become the main voice of poker players in the United States. The Poker Player Alliance has helped its members voice their support for legalizing online poker through several lobbying campaigns.

“They are spending millions to prosecute these individuals when they could be making billions through regulation of online poker. We are urging Congress to pass legislation to license online poker,” said John Pappas, executive director of the Washington, D.C. -based Poker Player Alliance.

The PPA launched a Take Action page on its website to assist players with contacting members of Congress, the Department of Justice and President Obama.  There is even an online form letter set up that asks players to fill in their name, email address, mailing address, and phone number.

The Take Action page also includes a link to the Justice Department’s Facebook page to leave comments. The organization urges its supporters to post on the DOJ’s Facebook page: “Politely post your thoughts.” It also urges others to “like other pro-poker posts as well.” Continue reading

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