Monday, May 18, 2009
How Not To Cheat Online Poker On Obama's Agenda!
Obama Plan Includes Anti-Online Poker Cheating Measures.
The White House released their Citizen’s Briefing Book last week. Online poker players should be happy to note that regulating and licensing online poker is the top technology issue and the 11th overall.
John Pappas of the Poker Players Alliance said this upon discovering the status of online poker within the Obama administration, “Poker players around the country are speaking with one voice to protect the game they love, and the White House is hearing that message.”
Pappas, the Executive Director of the PPA, went on to say that, “[This] proves that this is not a niche issue, but a national public policy that this Congress and this president should advance this year."
The White House asked citizens to submit policy proposals earlier this year to be voted on at change.gov. The issues with the strongest public support made it into the Citizen’s Briefing Book which was sent to Obama himself late last week.
The proposal called “Boost America’s Economy with Legal Online Poker” received 46,890 votes, or points. Originally crafted by Aaron Huertas of Washington, DC, the proposal asks the government to reform the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act to exempt poker. It also seeks to boost the US economy by letting American players and companies make money and pay taxes instead of sending that money offshore. There are also provisions in the proposal to protect against online cheating.
Pappas added that “The poker community stands ready to work with President Obama and Congress to make sure the will of the people is acted upon." He hopses that the “Administration hears and acts upon the clear message sent.”