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PPA Applauds Rep. Barton’s Internet PokerLegislation
WASHINGTON, DC. (June 24, 2011)
– The Poker Players Alliance (PPA), theleading poker grassroots advocacy group with more than one million membersnationwide, today commended Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX) upon theintroduction of his legislation to license and regulate Internet poker. The legislationwould create a licensing and regulatory regime in the United States for Internetpoker.“On behalf of the PPA membership and millions of poker players across the country,I thank Congressman Barton for his commitment to protecting Americans’ freedomto play poker on the Internet,” said Former Senator Alfonse D’Amato, chairman of the PPA. “As recent events have shown, the lack of clarity surrounding online pokerhas wreaked havoc on Americans who choose to play this great game both for funand in some cases as their profession. Congressman Barton’s bill aims to bringclarity to the law, while implementing tough consumer protections and providing amechanism for the Federal and state governments to collect billions of dollars inrevenue. ” The legislation addresses many of the concerns raised in previous Congressionalhearings, specifically narrowing the focus to only Internet poker, mandatingtechnologies to protect consumers from fraud and limiting underage access,preserving state’s rights, and ensuring Indian Tribes have the same rights to applyfor a license as other entities. Additionally, the bill would:
Expressly prohibit accepting Internet bets – poker or otherwise – without aU.S. license, and ensures that licensees can only accept Internet bets onpoker.
Creates specific standards for licenses, modeled after existing land-basedgambling licensing procedures.
Requires qualified bodies to develop a Compulsive Gaming, ResponsibleGaming and Self-Exclusion program to help mitigate problem gambling.