More Info (2 Oct 06)
Dear fellow poker player, I am a member of the Poker Players Alliance, and I think that you should join as well. The Poker Players Alliance is the one voice for Poker players and the game they love on Capitol Hill. The PPA actively lobbies Members of Congress to ensure that your ability to play internet poker is protected from the Internet Gambling Prohibition that passed in the House of Representatives 317-93. By joining the PPA, your voice is heard on Capitol Hill, along with over 100,000 American members. In addition to the PPA T-shirt, lapel pin, membership card and keychain, you will receive important information on what is happening on Capitol Hill and how it might affect you, and alerts that instruct you on how best defend the game from this threat to Internet Poker. Please go to: http://www.pokerplayersalliance.org
(http://www.pokerplayersalliance.org/), or to join the PPA: https://www.pokerplayersalliance.org/join.php
(https://www.pokerplayersalliance.org/join.php)Thank you for learning about this very important organization. "Brief Analysis of Internet Gambling Prohibition Act (Attached to Safe Port Act)First the bill does not make poker playing illegal on the Internet at a Federal Level,although it will make it much more difficult to enjoy “your game” on-line. As we havementioned before we are immediately working on your behalf to obtain an exemption forPoker prior to the financial enforcement provisions are finalized (estimated between 3 to9 months). This is the most important thing that the Poker Players Alliance and itsmembers can do in the short term.This version of the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act that amended the Safe Port Actcontains no amendment to the 1961 Wire Act. However this bill provides additionalenforcement powers to the Wire Act that will presumably be applied to wagering onPoker. Although Poker is a skill game and even the Department of Justice recentlytestified in the April 2006 Judiciary Hearing that “games subject to chance” clause maynot apply to “games such as Poker”, it is likely that they will take a broad brush approachto enforcement and use these tools defined by this prohibition act to restrict your abilityto access poker sites
and fund your accounts as you have done in previously.The enforcement mechanisms as it relates to Internet Poker falls into two broadcategories:FinancialThe Internet Gambling Prohibition amendment will require financial institutions tomonitor and block your funding of your poker accounts, whether you use Credit Cards,ACH, Stored Value Cards, electronic checks (debits), electronic funds transfers orphysical checks. Within 270 days the Federal Reserve Board and the Attorney Generalwill proscribe policies and procedures with which banks and other financial institutionswill enforce this act to monitor and block financial transactions. Banks are absolved ofany liabilities by the Federal Government by a “reasonableness test” in complying withthis legislation. We assume this to be applied liberally given the consequences forfinancial institutions who not comply. Although it is unclear how a financial institutioncould block a transfer to a personal account off-shore, but for most players it will bedifficult to enjoy the game they love. Additionally is likely to very costly for financialinstitutions to “play the morality police”, but they are under order of the FederalGovernment to comply.Internet Hyperlink BlockingThe IGP amendment requires that “Interactive Computer Services”, essentially InternetService Providers (ISPs), remove or disable access to internet links and hyperlinks “thatreside” on the ISPs servers to “Internet Gambling” upon written notice from a StateAttorney General, or the Attorney General of the United States. There is no affirmativemonitoring provision for ISPs, but no liability for compliance.The exemptions included in the “Prohibition” are for wagering on Horseracing, IntrastateLotteries, Intrastate Gaming (where legal), Indian Reservations, and playing FantasySports, but nothing yet for Poker. This must change.The Poker Players Alliance will renew its fight to obtain separate treatment for a greatgame of skill, poker, and a community game. In then next several months, this will beour focus, to ensure that Poker is protected from this outrageous intrusion into the lives of70 Million poker players.Long term we seek to have Poker affirmatively legalized, licensed, regulated and taxedon a Federal level. You have our commitment on this."This was writtain by:MichaelBolcerek President Poker Players Alliance
P.S. Nick & Admin's > I hope this webpage is not against the rule's, im just trying to help protect our right's to play.