Online Poker Players Lack Influential Political Voice
SCOTTSDALE, AZ --
At a recent Texas Hold'em poker club meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, players were asked to discuss what angered them most regarding the 2006 passing of the UIGEA, a new law that effectively bans online poker in the United States through US credit-card blockades.
Overwhelmingly, the poker players were upset over the lack of representation they are receiving in the debate over online poker, and whethor or not it should be considered gambling.
As you know, lobbyists from the horse-racing industry and state-run lotteries were able to carve-out exemptions for those forms of gambling. So, why couldn't the pokers players of the US, or someone who represents them, convince Congress to exempt the game of poker from the UIGEA?
Poker is arguably the most skill-oriented game that falls in the realm of casino wagering. The game is a classic American past-time, dating back centuries. Many Western frontier explorers in the 1800's made poker a way-of-life.
Today, poker players have been completely shut-out. Their only hope seems to be the Poker Players Alliance (PPA), a non-profit group based in Washington, D.C. that has had little success influencing politicians over the years.
"We can sign-up at the Poker Players Alliance website and donate money, but what happens after that?", said one cynic who requested to be left anonymous.
"We need to organize a grass-roots campaign that is led by the players, not wanna-be politicians", he added.
In fairness to the PPA, the organization has accrued over 900,000 members since its inception and does it best to fight for the rights of Americans. The only problem is their best does not seem to be good enough.
An email was sent to the Poker Player's Alliance requesting an official response.
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|Posted by John Robinson on 04/10/2008 06:28:08 AM EST|
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