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Statement by PPA Chairman D’Amato on Introduction of H.R.

Washington, D.C. (August 1, 2008) – “Congressman Pete Sessions has been and continues to
be a good friend to poker players who want the freedom to play America’s greatest card game.
His dedication to the conservative principles of individual freedom and personal responsibility
are unparalleled in the U.S. Congress.

“We are, however, puzzled by the introduction of H.R. 6663 and by the purpose of this
legislation. While we agree with several findings in the bill that correctly identify the illegality
of sports wagering, the PPA remains concerned with the implication H.R. 6663 asserts in that the
Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) has made Internet poker an unlawful
activity that needs special protection from prosecution.

“Previous federal case law (re: Mastercard 2002) made it clear that existing federal criminal law
(WIRE Act of 1961) applies only to Internet sports wagering, and not to Internet poker. Further,
the UIGEA itself states, ‘No provision of this subchapter shall be construed as altering, limiting,
or extending any Federal or State law.’ Thus, H.R. 6663 only confuses a clear judicial standing
on this matter.

“American poker players and American financial institutions were not well served by the
ambiguity and unclear nature of the UIGEA passed two years ago, and H.R. 6663 does nothing
to clarify the UIGEA. At this critical time for one of America’s great pastimes, it is unfortunate
that H.R. 6663 in its current form only adds to the existing confusion and contradicts its own rule
of construction by implying in its findings that the sites on which millions of Americans
currently play are offering poker services in defiance of federal law. The PPA cannot support this
bill in its current form. We will however, continue to advance other legislative priorities that
Rep. Sessions supports, such as H.R. 2610, which recognizes poker as a game of skill and
preserves the right of adults to enjoy poker on the Internet.”

About The Poker Players Alliance

The Poker Players Alliance ( is a nonprofit membership organization comprised of
over 1,000,000 online and offline poker players and enthusiasts from around the United States who have joined
together to speak with one voice to promote the game and to protect poker players' rights.

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