USA Poker Players Alliance Fights for Legal Online Poker

Published Friday, July 08, 2011 -

Lobbying in the USA to get bill passed in the Senate is a very common practice, in fact it is almost the only way special interest groups have any chance of getting laws passed and changes made. Some groups such as the Poker Players Alliance in America have donated and spent millions of dollars convincing political leaders that their cause has merit and should be allowed to move forward with the blessing of the Federal government.

The Poker Player's Alliance, a non-profit organization led by former U.S. Sen. Alfonse D'Amato put $1.8 million dollars towards lobbying the federal government during 2010 and this year in the first quarter of 2011 another $420,000. The Center for Responsive Politics' research revealed that there have not been totals released yet to see the difference in lobbying efforts after the crack down by the Department of Justice on online poker in America.

Members of the Poker Player's Alliance and professional poker players have met with 120 congressional offices after the Department of Justice indictments against Full Tilt Poker, Absolute Poker, and money processors. John Pappas, executive director of the Poker Player's Alliance, revealed. Pappas commented
"The players were extremely upset that the government went after these sites," he continued, "The players were denied their hobby and in some cases, their livelihood."
The Alliance leader stressed that while talks are continuing to legalize other forms of online betting their talks with government made the point that poker is not a pure chance no choice game but one that requires skill to be successful. Pappas said, "Poker is viewed as a game of skill," and that, "The individual decisions decide the outcome. In our message, we make a strong distinction between poker and other gambling."
Barton has been using the same logic to sell his proposal to the House of Representatives in his bill to find a reasonable legal solution for online poker players in the USA.


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