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Poker News | Gambling and the Law

Black Friday – Happy Anniversary!

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One year ago today, in a Secure Ports Act that has nothing to do with poker, the Unlawful Internet Gambling enforcement Act (UIGEA) reinforced the fact that Friday 13th is a dark day.

Only a handful of online poker sites stood up to handle the US players that refused to stop playing due to that legislation. After all, playing online poker is not against the law and there is no true way to govern or control what one does in the privacy of their home - especially on the internet.

What the UIGEA did do was make it almost impossible for online poker sites to handle the transfer of funds for players. The banks became the police, telling US players that they couldn't use their credit cards or visa/debit cards for cash transfers or withdrawals to a gambling site. The sites that remained opened to US players immediately opened new channels for money transfers.

There are rays of sunshine coming through the gloom left by Black Friday. The following was received today from Alfonse D'Amato:

"For the past year, the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) has been leading the fight to stave off rigorous enforcement of the UIGEA, clarify federal law to establish poker as a game of skill, and establish licensed and regulated Internet poker in the United States.

Thanks to your help, we have made tremendous progress. Today, two bills await Congressional action -- HR 2610, the Skill Game Protection Act and HR 2046, the Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act. If you haven't done so already, please ask your member of Congress to cosponsor these bills immediately.

The PPA is now a recognizable political force in Washington. With more than 800,000 members nationwide, we are the largest grassroots advocacy organization fighting for the rights of poker players. As you may know, we recently established a D.C. headquarters which is being lead by veteran political and policy advocate John Pappas - a longtime defender of poker in the nation's capital. I am thrilled that he is leading our efforts, and that we are firmly established in Washington with more direct access to important lawmakers.

I am also excited to inform you of our Washington D.C. policy conference which is taking place Oct. 22-24 . I have been promoting this event to select PPA members who reside in targeted Congressional Districts. I am pleased to announce that more than 100 PPA members and professional poker players will converge on Capitol Hill to meet with lawmakers and tell them poker is not a crime! This is a major step to truly demonstrate that there is a passionate poker-playing constituency that is crying out for Congress to do the right thing. We hope to make this an annual event where we invite all of our PPA members to attend.

The PPA has also developed a number of tools to help make you a better poker player and a better advocate for the game. I encourage you to visit our PPA Member Tools page to learn about all of our new offerings.

Finally, the fight for poker does not come without a serious financial commitment, and we need your help to continue our good work. I must humbly ask for you to make a donation to the PPA today, to secure the rights of poker players both today and tomorrow. Please click here to Ante-Up for poker . Even a donation of $5, $10, or $50 dollars will go a long way to advancing our common goals of a safe and secure online environment to enjoy this great American game of skill.

I expect to announce more progress toward these goals in the days and weeks to come. But we will your help to make these goals a reality. Without your active grassroots participation and funding support, online poker may disappear into the annals of history. We must not stand idly by.

Thank you for your support of the Poker Players Alliance. We cannot do this alone.

Proud to play poker,
Alfonse D'Amato, Chairman
Poker Players Alliance
Author Contact Info: Alfonse D'Amato"

Step up to the plate and take a swing at kicking the hell out of Black Friday. Follow the links above and make a difference.

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