New Online Poker Lobbying Group Launches in the US

A new group, whose sole objective is to lobby for legal online poker and gambling in the United States, has been launched in the country. FairPlayUSA aims to clarify the ambivalent and controversial gambling laws in the United States, not least of all the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006.

A press release by the group read: “Based in Washington DC, FairPlayUSA intends to grow its membership to include law enforcement officials, child safety and consumer protection experts, the commercial gaming industry and some of the world’s best poker player, FairPlayUSA’s website www.FairPlayUSA.com features a petition calling on Congress to address the problems associated with offshore internet gambling, give law enforcement the tools to crack down on illegal sites, and establish a strict regulatory framework for online poker to ensure its integrity and safety”.

The press release quotes the Executive Director of FairPlayUSA, Marisa McNee as saying: “The website and online petition will be the focal point for recruiting and organizing supporters who will actively engage and make their voices heard by members of Congress. Outreach will be directed towards law enforcement officials, those who support internet consumer safety and online poker’s strongest assets, the millions of Americans who enjoy online poker.”

The new group has joined forces with the Poker Players Alliance and will back this entity’s efforts in its poker promotions. The PPA issued a statement welcoming the group’s launch.

Members of FairPlayUSA include Greg Raymer – WSOP Main Event winner, as well as the first Secretary of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge.

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