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Repeated violations of forum rule 1.16 - troll
Mar 11, 2009
New York
On a personal note I would say all this bullshit is looking stalled and on a path to nowhere. If something is not done before the Dems. are thrown out after mid-elections, the one thing they were good for it will never happen.

House Bill

H.R. 2267 the Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection, & Enforcement Act of 2009 now has 62 cosponsors and is gaining more support each day. In related good news the Congressional Joint Tax Committee, which has the responsibility of assessing the revenue impact of all U.S. legislation, recently reported that licensing and regulation of Internet gaming would produce up to $41,000,000,000.00 (billion!) in revenue over 10 years. This is not a new tax on players, but revenue that could be generated through regulation of the online industry.

Chairman Barney Frank (D-MA) is still committed to holding a hearing and a vote on this bill in his Financial Services Committee. Depending on the schedule this hearing could still happen in 2009.

S 1597 Senate Bill

S.1597 the Internet Poker and Games of Skill Regulation, Consumer Protection, and Enforcement Act was introduced by Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) in August of this year. The legislation establishes the needed licensing and regulatory framework for the United States to protect consumers by exercising appropriate control and oversight over Internet poker and other games of skill. Currently the PPA is working with Senator Menendez who sits on the powerful Senate Finance Committee to add supporters for his bill and raise the profile of our issue in the Senate.

UIGEA UIGEA Delay Petition

On September 16th the Poker Players Alliance along with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and the American Greyhound Track Owners Association sent a petition to the US Treasury and Federal Reserve seeking a one year delay of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) regulatory compliance date. The regulations are currently set for compliance on Dec. 1, 2009, the PPA's delay would push that till Dec. 1, 2010.

Click here to see a copy of the PPA/NTRA/AGTOA petition

Click here to see PPA Executive Director John Pappas discuss the upcoming deadline.

Our petition is getting significant support. More than 50 members of Congress have expressed their support for the delay and several leading banks and financial services trade associations have also expressed serious reservations about the impending compliance date. We are hopeful that Treasury and the Fed will delay the ill-conceived UIGEA and we can spend the next year clarifying this ambiguous law.

State Legislative Update

Randall Castonguay, Massachusetts director of the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) Massachusetts
On Tuesday October 29th, 2009, Randall Castonguay, Massachusetts director of the Poker Players Alliance (PPA), testified before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies on the need for licensing and regulation of online poker in the Commonwealth.

Castonguay testified on behalf of more than 25,000 Massachusetts PPA members that any comprehensive gambling expansion should include regulation of online poker. As the head of PPA's efforts in Massachusetts Castonguay stated, "I have the obligation of not only protecting poker players' rights, but advancing them." He described lawmakers' attempts to criminalize online poker in expanded gambling legislation introduced last session as "blatant hypocrisy." He noted that such language has been struck from current proposals and outlined the benefits of why criminalization language should not be reintroduced.

California Intra-State Poker California
This summer the heat for Intra-State Internet poker rose to new levels, but it looks like movement this year has sizzled out. With the state's economic condition worsening, however, it is likely that in the New Year state lawmakers will again review legislation to license and regulate Intra-State Internet poker in California.

In general, the PPA supports state efforts to license Internet poker; however, we are very concerned that the narrowly crafted Intra-State model receiving the most attention will be harmful to Internet players in California. A system that is limited to one or even two operators that are allowed to provide games to CA residents would be a step backwards from the online poker residents enjoy today. Limiting marketplace competition for poker will unnecessarily undermine the player experience by eliminating the incentive for Websites to offer bonuses, rake-back, and other player benefits.

The PPA intends to fully participate in the California debate on regulation of internet poker to make sure the player's interests are represented.

As you may know Florida is also exploring the idea of Intra-State Internet poker. On December 1, the results of a legislatively mandated study are due which may make recommendations as to how online poker could potentially be regulated by the State of Florida. We look forward to this study and will post it on our website once it is made publically available. We remain committed that, if regulation is to take place in Florida, it must ensure competition and not monopolies. Rest assured, the Poker Players Alliance will have a seat at the table during legislative discussions and negotiations, protecting Florida player's rights.

State Legal Update

Kentucky Supreme Court Hearing Kentucky Supreme Court Hearing

On Thursday October 22, 2009 the Kentucky Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the Commonwealth's appeal as part of its ongoing efforts to seize the domain names of 141 internet gaming sites, including several of the leading online poker sites. The right of Kentucky poker player's was upheld earlier this year when the Kentucky Court of Appeals rejected the Commonwealth's argument in favor of seizure. The Commonwealth has pursued the case to the state's highest court.

South Carolina Judge Declares Poker a Game of Skill, Not Chance South Carolina Judge Declares Poker a Game of Skill, Not Chance

In February 2009 a South Carolina judge ruled that poker is a game of skill, but he left it to a higher court to decide if state gambling laws were overly vague. October 2, 2009, a higher court agreed and reversed the convictions of five individuals who had been convicted of illegal gambling in 2006. In addition to holding the law was overly broad and vague; the court embraced the use of the predominance test, citing the overwhelming evidence that skill dominates chance.

But the fight is not over in SC. Just last week, the state Attorney General filed for appeal at the state Supreme Court. The PPA looks forward to our continued successful defense of players rights, even in front of the state's highest court.

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The PPA has launched a new site that makes it easier than ever for you to contact your Members of Congress and urge them to support your right to play poker. Just visit TweetforPoker and click "Send a Tweet to Congress." And in a few simple clicks you'll be taken to your Twitter account with a pre-populated message to your Member of Congress. Just click update and you are done. We urge you to visit TweetforPoker today and Stand Up for Poker. In fact Tweet both your Representative and Senators.

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Banned User - troll posts - flaming
Jun 3, 2006
Hell on Earth
Ya the Republicans were so quick to legalize and regulate... SARCASM...

The Republicans gave us the UGIEA (remember that the Republican leadership did give us the UGIEA in a smoke filled back room in the middle of the night and then attached the UGIEA bill to the totally unrelated port security bill after only three Republican Senators were the ONLY people to even read the UGIEA before it was rammed through into Law...)

The Republicans gave us another un-workable Prohibition that costs us money and deprives us of our Freedoms.... Way to go Republicans....

Ya the good old Republicans were so fast to give Liberty and Freedom to Gamblers.... We just can't wait for them to get back into power.... NOT!!!!