Poker Players Alliance USA Petitions for Changes in UIGEA

Published Tuesday, May 11, 2010 -

The Poker Players Alliance has petitioned the U.S. Treasury Department and Federal Reserve Board to clarify the regulations pertaining to the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, which is about to be fully implemented on June 1st 2010. The Poker Players Alliance is making a point of noting that legally the Act does not mention peer to peer games that requires skill. The PPA has sent a petition to the Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, and Timothy Geithner, the U.S. Treasury Department Secretary asking that the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act be amended to clarify a number of issues. The sub paragraphed amendment concerns the regulation stating that the term "bet or wager" does not include a bet or wager on "certain peer-to-peer games where the outcome is determined predominantly by the skill of the players, such as poker, chess, bridge, mah-jong, and backgammon." The petition also wants to make it clear the Interstate Horseracing Act will be not affected by the UIGEA. John Pappas, executive director of the PPA was please to note that twenty two members of Congress sent letters of support to Bernanke and Geithner. Pappas commented, "The PPA is grateful for the support of the 22 members of Congress who wrote Secretary Geithner and Chairman Bernanke in support of our petition to exempt peer-to-peer gaming from the UIGEA regulations," He added, "We are still strongly supporting legislative efforts to license and regulate online poker and provide the consumer protections that the UIGEA will not, and are hopeful of the passage of bills like Frank's HR 2267, but believe our petition is the best bet to address the short-term issues facing online poker." The PPA petition maintains the UIGEA is not definitive enough with the phrase "unlawful Internet gambling," The PPA contends tha the financial institutions are to bare to burden of clarification. The legality of Internet poker especially in America is questioned constantly where in fact there is no federal law and very few state laws specifically prohibiting a person from playing online poker.

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