United States Poker Players: Players of America!
On Friday September 29th
2006 a bill was passed that could effectively (in theory) make it
impossible, or at least extremely difficult for you to play poker
online by blocking financial transactions from U.S. banks and
financial institutions to offshore “wagering” companies.
This bill was signed into Law by
President bush on Friday the 13th of November.
After consultation with numerous legal experts in
this field, we want to make you aware of the following:
The new U.S. legislation does not in any way
attempt to criminalize the act of you playing online poker. By
playing online at ANY poker room, you are not breaking any U.S.
But you SHOULD consider...
Regardless of your stance on internet gaming, the fact
remains that the ban was attached to a completely unrelated Bill
being considered late on Friday. The ban rode the coat-tails of the
Safe Harbor Act to passage as the importance of the bill over rode
any dissent there may have been for the UNRELATED rider. The
addition (that by design was meant to subvert the process of
consideration on its own merits) of this completely unrelated rider
was an assault and absolute bastardization of the U.S. legislative
Watch and Listen to Congresswoman (D) Nevada - Shelley Berkely
addressing the house floor as a perfect
http://www.pokerplayersalliance.org/ , a group that has been
organized to represent the rights and interests of American poker
There has been speculation through-out the industry
that this legislation has effectively “killed” online poker for
American players. Although several of the largest poker rooms on the
net have stated that they will indeed stop providing service to U.S.
players when the bill become law, we believe this is a tactic with
several manifest functions.
A. We believe that these sites are
anticipating that the discontent of the players that have been
cut-off will motivate them to pressure their political leaders to
reconsider this blatant effort to regulate their leisure activities.
B. We also believe this is an attempt to
position them-selves to appear compliant to U.S. law. IF and WHEN
online gambling should become legal and regulated, the sites that
complied earlier with U.S. law might then have some advantage when
trying to re-enter the newly regulated market relative to other
companies who did not immediately comply.
We feel that the U.S. political process will recognize
the error that was made in allowing this rider to be attached to the
Port Security Act and will correct this mistake. In any event, we
will continue to lobby for an expressed niche for online poker and for
your right to play a truly American game from the privacy of your
own home and computer
Did you know that many Senators
were not even present when this bill was "voted on"?! Did you
know many are not happy with the way this was handled?! Let
them know that you are one of 30 MILLION GAMBLERS, that this
is an election issue, that you hold them responsible, and that
we will be heard from!
Online Phone Listings
House of Representatives
Online Phone Listings
Share your outrage
with the media!
Help by getting the word out that we are 30
million strong and will not accept this law!
Let these major news sources know what
Congress did and how they did it!
Los Angeles Times:
CALL (201) 583-5000
FAX (201) 583-5453
New York Times:
Through out this debacle, a number of online poker
rooms have maintained that they will continue to provide
service/games to U.S. customers as they feel that the law does not
specifically apply to poker games. ( We agree)
If you haven’t yet, visit
FullTilt Poker through the link listed below
and join with confidence that your online play will continue
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