The Poker Players Alliance (PPA) is taking the fight to anti-online poker advocates with another letter push.
Following the news that ten Attorneys General (AGs) from across the US have written to Donald Trump urging him to look at the Wire Act, the PPA is asking players to step up.
Although the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA) and its supporters cast a constant shadow over the industry, the anti-online poker rhetoric has been kept to a minimum recently.
But, just as the buzz (positive and negative) over Trump’s election win was starting to die down, a group of ten AGs decided to reignite the debate.
Regurgitating many of the arguments previously dismissed under the Obama administration, the AG’s appear to be appealing to the president elect’s inexperience as a political leader.
Don’t Take a Chance
While the impact of the letter is likely to be minimal given the long list of issues Trump will have to tackle when he takes office on January 20, the PPA isn’t taking any chances.
Drafting a letter aimed at dissuading any other AGs from joining the movement, the pro-online poker body is now asking every US player to send one.
To make things as simple as possible, players simply have to click a few buttons on the PPA’s official website, input their email address and ZIP code.
After the system locates your state, you then need to include your name, phone number and address (must be registered on the USPS database).
Once all this information is present and correct, the system will find all the relevant senators and political figures in your state and email them a message.
For those that want to customize their signature there’s an option for that, but once you’re done you can simply hit send and that’s it.
Have Your Say
The PPA is hoping that rational arguments and facts will help persuade other politicians from joining the latest anti-online poker efforts by ten AGs.
“Three states – NJ, DE, and NV – have regulated poker websites operating. They safeguard their citizens with stringent consumer protections while mandating proven systems to verify the identity, age and location of players.
In fact, poker opponents cannot point to a single case of a player outside a participating state gaining access to these sites, or a single instance of underage play,” reads the PPA’s letter.
The lame duck session is often a time for those with a political agenda to strike, which is why it’s not surprising to see a group of senior lawmakers call for a reinterpretation of the Wire Act.
Fortunately, if US players take a few moments to send one of the PPA’s emails, the threat could be weakened and online poker left alone for good.